Christian, I believe the Bible is the foundation for the intrinsic understanding of myself, and the world around me. “Spiritual development is characterized by reflection, the attribution of meaning to experience, valuing a non-material dimension of life and intimations of an enduring reality,” (Mason, 2000). Although we live in a fallen, chaotic world, the Bible gives me comfort and an optimism that my live has meaning, and had meaning even before I was born. In this way, my view of spirituality is more in alignment with the Humanists and Carl Rogers.In addition, the presence of both theories exist in my connections with others. As I am in my early 20s, my friends and I struggle with the anxiety of figuring out our identity and the themes of morality, meaning, freedom, responsibility, anxiety, and aloneness, as they are a part of our everyday lives. Being that all my close friends are college students like myself, we all struggle with the same things – finances, time management, getting our school work done, studying, being in relationships, and figuring out our life path. The only way we deal with these anxieties and pressures in life is through our spirituality. Our relationship with Christ enables us to overcome our self-doubt, feelings of worthlessness, and the negative prospects that we face
daily. We find strength, hope, love, meaning and optimism in being children of God. Our connected spirituality enable us to find hope and meaning in our lives in an often-hopeless world.
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