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Dear Dr. Smith
12. Dear Dr. Smith,
I am a Forensic Psychologist who has been a practicing Adventist for 5-yrs. My problem is relating my personal spirituality with secular psychological philosophy. Because of my traditional educational experience, I often struggle with religious concepts that appear to conflict with my professional training. I would desperately like to have a more thorough understanding of the Bible and it's teachings so that I can make the connection with my secular orientation to the work that I do. Do you have any suggestions about how to bridge this philosophical gap?
Dear Forensic Psychologist,
Concerning your question, I do understand the conflicts that sometimes emerge between “faith and practice”. Here is a golden rule to live by, ‘whenever there is an apparent conflict between your spirituality and philosophy, always stick to your spirituality.’
If you have any particular area that you are struggling with, feel free to address it to me. At the same time, your pastor should be the first person you sit with and talk about these philosophical gap. Discuss with him your fears and concerns, or that which is bothering you most. Because you did not address any specific issue in your question, it is quite difficult for me to attempt to provide any further answer.
I hope and pray that you will find some answers to your quizzical concerns. Please bear in mind that you might not feel fully satisfied with some of the answers given, however that should not weaken your faith. “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. (1Cor 2:11)
Keep courageous and God bless.