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Pastoral Counselling

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HEALING AS A PASTORAL CONCERN
THE challenges facing the church in Africa
In our day the debate about miracles is related to the evaluation of the Charismatic movement as a whole .Pastoral theology can defined as that branch of theology that discusses the duties, obligations and functions of the priest in the care soul.(Oden, 1964). Second, people who are preoccupied with the extraordinary and the spectacular need to recognize their immaturity (1 Cor. 12-14). Those who are enamoured with the extraordinary need to learn to appreciate God's presence in the apparently ordinary. This attitude cures the lust after the extraordinary. To a person who seems preoccupied with the extraordinary and who is prone to says, "A miracle happened to me today. The miracles it always happened especial if u believe, because even in African cultures if you do not believe in muti it cannot work for you.  
The religious situation has undergone a transformation in the world. Religious pluralism is accepted by most of the modern states. Under this pluralism, the long discussed subject of Church and state is accommodated to include those issues of religious policy of the state, religious freedom, the relation of law and religion, and the relation of religions and Government in the state. The Churches preached the word of God who is One and Creator of all. People accepted their equal status before God. Hence, the unity of people was a result of common mission and vocation of religious communities ( Barret, 1968).
The other problem facing the African church is the denied and believes of the witchcraft. The financial support attached to solutions‟ to poverty from the West itself makes them attractive to cash strapped African communities. But they do not work. The educational solutions that Africans suggest are frustrating for many Westerners. Africans tend to blame the Devil or Satan -often used as a synonym for witchcraft-     for their problems. The defeat of the Devil ushers in „progress‟...

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