Biblical counselling of Sotho christians in Synod Midlands believing in witchcraft
Semenya, David Kwena
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The main problem, which this study aims to address is: what Biblical counselling can be given to Sotho Christian members who believe in Witchcraft? In addressing this problem the study will attempt to answer the following questions: What is the Scriptural message concerning witchcraft? What effect does the problem of limited cosmic good; fear and doubt about one's life-force have on Christians of the Reformed Churches in the resort of Synod Midlands? What guidelines can be developed to contribute in pastoral counselling for members who strongly believe in witchcraft? Therefore the aim of this study is to investigate and propose guidelines for counselling Sotho Christian members who believe in witchcraft. The study utilises Zerfass's model for research to form a basis theory, meta-theory and practical theoretical guidelines and methodology (Heyns & Pieterse, 1990:35-36). The study compares a Scriptural perspective about witchcraft practice with the practical situation that Sotho Christian members find in their daily lives. The following key words and phrases direct the focus of the study: limited cosmic good, fear, and doubt about someone's life-force. Scriptural perspectives and the key words are researched in detail, compared and evaluated Biblically. The conclusion provides guidelines from a Christian perspective to help Sotho Christian members who believe in witchcraft. These guidelines may only be effective when Sotho Christian members and Christian counsellors follow them. It is the duty of the Church of God to promote those Biblical guidelines and it is also the duty of the Sotho Christian members to apply them fully in their daily lives.
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