Biblical view of validating feelings

Introduction: Human emotions play important roles in our lives. But we all realize that sometimes emotions cloud people's thinking, so they do things they should not.Emotions can be confusing, uncertain, even dangerous.Consider the influence emotions may have and the problems they may cause in some areas of religion: They may believe in a church, preacher, or doctrine, because they "feel good" about it, regardless of whether or not they have found convincing evidence that it is true.

* Strong emotions may lead to adultery, killing, stealing, and other evils.

Are these acts right just because our emotions led us to do them?

2 Timothy ,17 - The Scriptures provide us to "all good works." If we ought to trust our feelings to tell us right from wrong, then the Bible should say so. When questioned, Mormons, Pentecostals, Catholics, Baptists, and Charismatics often tell about their emotional experiences.

They may tell how they prayed to know what was right or had an experience that gave them peace and assurance that they were right.

Perhaps someone tells them to "expect a miracle." Maybe they speak sounds they had never spoken before, so they conclude they "spoke in tongues." This may give a deep emotional conviction that God has accepted them or that they are "led by the Spirit" to do certain things.

Some call this a "burning in the bosom." Such feelings often come naturally, as when your ball team wins or you meet a pretty girl.

People may accept a doctrine because "my dear mother (or other loved one) believed this, and I just can't believe she is lost." Or some programs and organizations make emotional appeals for money to help needy people or to save lost souls, despite the fact the program or organization itself may be corrupt or unscriptural. Can we be sure we are right religiously just because we feel right, or because we prayed and had an emotional experience?

All of us know instances where feelings have led to serious mistakes.

There is not a nickel's worth of difference in their stories that would convince you which one believes the truth.

Yet they thoroughly contradict one another and many believe the others are wrong.

The purpose of this study is to consider the role emotions have in religion and to consider some ways that emotions cloud people's thinking in religion.

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