Is FAMILY HORIZONS material suitable for people who don’t believe the Bible?
All resources provided through FAMILY HORIZONS are based on Biblical principles. That means they have been relied on for over 2,000 years. Obviously those principles are designed for people who have faith in God and who will obey God’s instructions.
However, the principles work whenever they are applied. It is not important to believe the Bible to understand the things we teach. So, YES, the material is suitable for people who don’t believe the Bible, but will be most effectively applied by people who do take these teachings seriously.
Do you GUARANTEE results?
No, we don’t guarantee results. There are many factors that affect people’s lives and the results they get. We expect positive results, but realize that many factors out of our control may be impacting people’s lives and circumstances.
We believe that God is the source of all results, and so, if the outcomes people are looking for remain elusive we encourage them to seek God and God’s wisdom, through the Bible and Bible-believing Christians.
What is your definition of “family”?
Attempts have been made in this past century to define just about any collection of people as a family. We believe that the ideal family, as God created it, is a husband and wife, joined in marriage, who raise and care for their own children, whom they raise to repeat the cycle for continuing generations. This ideal is not always realized, due to marriage break-up and other upheavals.
Family, then, includes the traditional nuclear family which was just described. It also includes the extended family, grandparents, uncles and aunties, etc, that are connected to the nuclear family by biological family connections.
It further includes people who are brought into the family and under its care, in a more permanent committed relationship than is expected of a temporary visitor, by such things as adoption.
In a yet broader sense, family can include those people who are connected to us, by familial connection, ethnicity, nationality or even belief system.
Responsibility in family varies across this range of definitions and is strongest and most important in the nuclear family setting.
Do you provide counseling?
No. Rather than giving counseling on a case-by-case basis, we aim to provide helpful resources that people can apply to themselves. We encourage people to relate to a godly Christian church where the Bible is believed, taught and applied to people’s lives. Pastoral staff, cell group leaders and others in those churches should be able to provide specific wisdom applicable to individual needs.