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The counseling of couples has long endured a number of transitional changes as marriages and other relationships have become increasingly fragile Social demographics have contributed to the break-up of families and added to the broad-range of issues which counselors must address Recent decades have brought with them increasingly problematic scenarios and the foci of couple counseling have shifted--with only limited success Presented is an overview of current methodologies as well as a presentation of ideas for the more effective counseling of coupling from a biblical perspective It is argued that couples must be reminded of their vows their commitment to God and to each other-- and to the idea that troubled waters are often only a test of faith Predictably marriages will be improved and strengthened when we return to a more divine perspective and methodology for relevant counseling For several years family values have come to represent a volatile substance deposited at the crossroads between American politics and religion with the Bible as the fuel waiting to be ignited Marriages have been improved and destroyed over these perceived values and non-married couples have endured a similar roller coaster Biblical family values sometimes also known as the American way of life convey an aura of tranquility respectability and moral rectitude everyone knows where he belongs and what God wants him to do and everyone is therefore content as go the lines of a familiar chorale Gods in his heaven alls right with the world But we know that all is not right with the world least of all in couples And the problems that those involved in relationships face are certainly not the fault of Gods alleged absence Rather it is their own insistence upon looking for help everywhere except to God In assessing the conventional help available it is evident that todays counselors work with a wide variety of couple and family systems The systemic relationship combinations have be-immensely complex with minimal experience from
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