THE CHOICE OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING, THE EXPRESSION OF FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE
Freedom of conscience is a fundamental right already etched deeply in the human being from creation. The Law of God and human freedom meet in the conscience of man, shaping it through the situations in which the conscience dictates to reason how to act. In a similar context, freedom of conscience is defining, reflecting at the individual level, the capacity of reacting and relating, based on rational impulses. The rational effects of freedom of conscience represent thoughts, actions, decisions, and judgments, expressed in the function of good that existed from creation in every person. This right can be restricted, can be taken, can be obstructed, but no one ever can eliminate the freedom of conscience from the human being. In the most natural way, liberty of conscience is expressed in the situations in which, because of different existential crises determined by certain circumstances, man seeks solutions. Christian counseling, the process which has as its purpose the emotional and spiritual healing of a person, can be considered as a choice based on freedom of conscience, from the point of view of resolving mental, emotional, and spiritual dilemmas.
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