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  • Writer's pictureNathan Buckman

WHERE DOES RAGE COME FROM?

  1. Human Sinfulness: From a Christian perspective, rage can be viewed as a manifestation of human sinfulness. The Bible teaches that humans are inherently sinful, and anger or rage can result from a fallen nature (Romans 3:23). Christian psychologists may explore the concept of sin and brokenness as contributing factors to intense emotions like rage.

  2. Unresolved Issues and Hurt: Christian psychologists may consider the impact of past hurts, traumas, or unresolved issues as potential sources of rage. In the Christian counseling context, the focus might be on seeking healing and redemption through Christ for these underlying wounds.

  3. Spiritual Warfare: Some Christian psychologists may acknowledge the spiritual dimension and suggest that rage can be influenced by spiritual forces. This perspective sees anger as not just a psychological issue but also a battle in the spiritual realm, emphasizing the need for spiritual discernment and prayer (Ephesians 6:12).

  4. Failure to Submit to God's Will: Christian psychology might highlight the importance of aligning one's will with God's will. When individuals resist or fail to submit to God's guidance and principles, it can lead to a sense of frustration and anger (James 4:1-3).

  5. Broken Relationships and Unforgiveness: Christian psychologists may emphasize the impact of broken relationships and unforgiveness in contributing to rage. The Bible encourages forgiveness (Ephesians 4:31-32), and holding onto bitterness can lead to destructive emotions.

  6. Lack of Self-Control: Christian psychology, in line with biblical teachings, may emphasize the importance of self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Rage can be seen as a lack of self-control, and the Christian counseling approach might involve developing and strengthening this aspect of the individual's character.

  7. Distorted Thinking and Beliefs: Cognitive factors, such as distorted thinking and unhealthy beliefs, can contribute to rage. Christian psychologists may integrate cognitive-behavioral principles with biblical truths to address and renew the mind (Romans 12:2).

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