The Objective – Subjective debate

In the last section I spoke about how we should apply the truth to those who need healing, but the question is where do we find the truth of God?
The Majority of counselling methods concentrate on the subjective feelings of the person being helped. While these are important they are not the basis of fact that the person needs to go forward. In Focused Compassion Therapy we constantly seek to move people from their subjective feelings, to the point when the truth of their situation leads them into freedom.
So If we're going to move people from the subjective to the objective, first we need to define those terms.
First lets look at what the words mean

Objective [ əb jéktiv ] adjective

  1. free of bias: free of any bias or prejudice caused by personal feelings
  2. based on facts: based on facts rather than thoughts or opinions
  3. medicine observable: describes disease symptoms that can be observed by somebody other than the person who is ill
  4. philosophy existing independently of mind: existing independently of the individual mind or perception

Subjective [ səb jéktiv ] adjective 

  1. not impartial: based on somebody's opinions or feelings rather than on facts or evidence Of course, that's only my subjective impression.
  2. philosophy existing by perception: existing only in the mind and not independently of it
  3. medicine observed only by patient: describes a medical condition that is perceived to exist only by the patient and is not recognizable to anyone else

Okay what is the problem with staying embedded in subjectivism?

 Fickle Feelings- Our feelings can change as often as the wind, and based on very dodgy evidence as to our real situation. In fact, our feelings can often tell us lies about our real situation.
 Feelings often tell you lies
     If you have just lost your job you may feel bad, sad, and miss the fact that you have beautiful new opportunities open before you.
Feelings are only emotion deep
Our emotions can be changed by so many external factors that have no real bearing on our actual situation. If we are sad week can follow the biblical instruction.
At first we may artificially feel better, but if we keep on drinking we might and a maudlin or even depressed.  If we do that regularly we will change our true situation as we will become an alcoholic. Not a good outcome.
Another aspect of subjectivism, Is the idea that without any external proof
My opinions are just as good as yours, but who’s are trustworthy?

The Truth WILL set you free

Joh 8:32  … you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
 Is there such a thing as objective truth? YES, It is found in the presence of Jesus Christ.

Where else can we find objective truth?

Scripture: 2Ti 3:16-17  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God Himself, His nature and purpose. Not just in Jesus, But in the fullness of God himself. His nature and purpose.
The next is solidly proven scientific facts. Be careful not to get lured by impressive theories but look for reproducible facts. I once was asked by an obese woman to pray for her, so that she could lose weight. After a quick internal prayer, I felt it right to challenge her with the truth about her situation. I told her she was fat because she ate too much, and didn't exercise at all. She grew very angry, slapped my face and ran away. Two hours later, she rang me in tears and told me that after she had run away, she bought two whole gateaux, And had eaten them until she was sick. She confessed that I was right and asked for our help. Scientific facts are a good guide to objective!
I would also ask the person seeking help, where they would look for objective truth. I might not agree with the objectivity of the client's source of truth but then would encourage them to compare their source against the Word of God, Scientific truth or the person of Jesus Christ.
“I am the way the Truth and the life” Jesus-
“you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free”
One of the leading exponents of “Christian counselling”, said “our message is wholly  subjective”, but focused compassion there he is wholly objective
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