Biblical Art Therapy is an effective, Bible-based discipline that can produce lasting, transformative change in those who practice it. Looking for a fun, creative and satisfying way to use art to grow in faith? This is it!
Biblical Art Therapy is, in many ways, contrary to secular art therapy. That should come as no surprise to Christian artists, since worldly wisdom is quite the opposite of divine wisdom! God has some pretty harsh words for worldly wisdom in James 3, drawing a sharp contrast between it and His pure and gentle wisdom.
" But God has chosen the foolish things of the world
to put to shame the wise,
and God has chosen the weak things of the world
to put to shame the things which are mighty;" 1 Corinthians 1:27
God’s wisdom is astonishing in its multi-dimensional power! It can heal, restore, redeem, transform, and empower growth like no other form of human wisdom.
As Christians, we are well aware of the power of God’s wisdom. What sometimes hinders us is that we hesitate to trust it entirely! Unfortunately, worldly counsel is prevalent and familiar. Therefore, it is heeded more.
"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,
the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
which none of the rulers of this age knew;
for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." 1Co 2:7-8
From the cradle to the grave, our brains are fed natural wisdom, creating predictable grooves of thinking from which we rarely deviate. Only when life’s struggles alert us to to the inadequacies of worldly counsel do we reconsider the wisdom we thought we knew. Then, to our dismay, we discover its serious deficiencies, which are incapable of tackling the trials that visit every human life.
Only the Bible offers tested counsel for winning every battle. Obeying God’s wisdom, as taught in the pages of the Bible, is the secret to success in every aspect of life.
Art is a fun, nonverbal way to erase ruts of destructive thinking and to replace them with the power of God’s Holy Word.
Biblical wisdom cannot be stumbled upon. New grooves of thought must be imaginatively incised upon our thinking and corresponding actions of faith and obedience taken in response. Spiritual wisdom is so different from our ordinary ways of thinking that if not treated with utmost reverence, its potential is easily missed.
Art is a perfect tool for this renewal of our minds! Of course, actions of obedience must be followed through for success.
Biblical Art Therapy is a powerful way of bypassing prevailing sentiments in our minds that would tend to dismiss God’s wisdom as utter foolishness!
Don’t kid yourself into thinking that God’s counsel is easily absorbed. It is not! Having spent our lifetime viewing the world through the filter of worldly wisdom, changing that template will require deliberate action. It will require swimming against the tide and learning to depend only on God's promises as we face the challenges of life.
Why not resist the ordinary and grow in the supernatural in a creatively satisfying manner?
In the Biblical Art Therapy course at the Palm & Pen School for Christian Artists, I've included videos that demonstrate creating art in watercolor as well as pen and ink. Artists of all skill and experience levels can either duplicate the art I demonstrate or creatively enhance their own work using my ideas as creative prompts.
The power of the course lies in combining Biblical understanding with creating art.