Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Perfect Ending

I was attempting to write a paper this evening.....

The Integration of Psychology and Theology.....da da dum.

At this point in the class I can give you the five models of integration, which happen to be Enemy, Spies, Colonialists, Neutral Party, and Allies (from David N. Entwistle's viewpoint). These five models can be placed in three categories: Antagonists, Intermediate, Integrative.

Entwistle believes that before one can effectively integrate psychology and theology one must have a Christian worldview. This worldview is based upon the foundational truths of creation, the Fall, redemption, and consummation. Stop. Consummation.

I know all about creation. I have been able to tell that story since kindergarten.

The Fall. Yep, got that one covered. It goes with the story of creation.

Redemption. I have a hard time comprehending the concept in its entirety, but I am thankful we don't have to understand all of God to be His child.

Consummation. I was introduced to the word at the Creation Museum, and I know essentially that it refers to the resurrection and return of Christ.

I looked it up. Do you know what the word consummation means according to the Microsoft Works Word Processor dictionary? Very first definition...allow me....perfect ending: the bringing of something to a satisfying conclusion, or the final satisfying completion or achievement of something

In every fairytale we are promised one and as a human in this fallen world, I long for perfect endings. Sometimes my perfect endings are simple.

I want my checkbook to balance.
I want to go to bed early.
I want my car to run without a noise.
I want my class to walk down a hall quietly, just once.
Simple everyday things.

Other times my perfect endings require a little more.
I want every child to know a parent's love.
I want all the hurt to stop.
I want war and destruction to cease.
I want my faith to overcome my doubt.

I have been told, "Life's not a fairytale. We don't always get a perfect ending." The Fall effects us and causes us to sin, but God, through His consummation, redeems us and provides the perfect ending for our humanity.

22 Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ. 23 But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming, 24 the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father. 25 He won't let up until the last enemy is down - 26 and the very last enemy is death! 27 As the psalmist said, "He laid them low, one and all; he walked all over them." When Scripture says that "he walked all over them," it's obvious that he couldn't at the same time be walked on. 28 When everything and everyone is finally under God's rule, the Son will step down, taking his place with everyone else, showing that God's rule is absolutely comprehensive - a perfect ending!---The Message

As I wrote the last sentence in my paper tonight I smiled knowing, that despite my humanity, I am gonna get my "perfect ending."

Entwistle, David N. (2010) Integration of psychology and theology, Cascade Books: Eugene, OR.