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Emotions and Affections of GOD

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by WhiteLioness, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Emotions and Affections of GOD

    I am looking to find out what GOD feels in HIS DEITY state, not what HE feels in the human state like Jesus.

    I hear that GOD can feel emotion, in fact, HE can feel many emotions.

    He can feel anger/wrath, hate, love, patience, and a lot more I perhaps know nothing about.

    What I really want to know most is -- can GOD cry or feel sorrow or pain? As a DEITY, not a human. I know that Jesus felt pain and cried when HE was in a human body but that is not what I am looking for. I am looking to uncover what GOD felt before and after HE was in a human body, before and after the crucifixion. As DEITY.

    And I also need help with a series of verses I find to be contradicting:

    Galatians 5:19-21 -- 19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Revelation 2:6 -- But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

    Exodus 32:10 -- Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

    It says hatred and wrath is a work of the flesh, but GOD feels anger and wrath too. In Exodus 32:10 he allows HIS wrath to be worked up, but in other verses it says be ye angry and sin not, let not the sun go down on your anger -- and also somewhere in the Bible it says that a man who angers quickly is foolish. So why does GOD allow HIS anger to be built up? So in that sense are hatred and wrath not only a work of the flesh but also a work of GOD to feel that way?

    Isn't that a contradiction?
     
  2. There are actually a couple of books out there written on the emotions of God. I don't recall the titles off hand, my apologies.

    Look through the OT and you will find a lot about God's emotions. You will find that as a deity God still feels a full range of emotions. It was not necessary for him to come to earth as a man in order to experience emotion. Emotion existed prior to man.

    The verses that you refer to regarding anger, wrath, etc. are not really in contradiction. There is a difference between experiencing an emotion and the action which follows the emotion. Emotions can drive us to act in both positive and negative ways. Some emotions (like anger) often manifest themselves in negative ways, and so we tend to associate them more quickly with a negative state. But those emotions (like anger) can also manifest positive actions. So, the emotion in itself is not positive or negative, rather it is how we respond to the emotion that is positive or negative.

    Take your example..... be angry and sin not. Man (and God) can feel anger towards something, but we are not to allow the anger to manifest itself in a negative/ sinful way. When God has poured out his wrath on people..... do you honestly think that he committed a sinful act? Was the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah a sin, for example? How about other times when God destroyed a people? If you answer yes.... then what is the sin? All life belongs to God. All creation belongs to him. Does he not have a right to destroy that which sins against him?

    There is no contradiction in those scriptures. The emotions of hatred and wrath can be manifest negatively in the flesh and most often are...... but not always. It seems that you are confusing the scriptures and confusing yourself. I hope I did not confuse you more.
     
  3. it is better to just keep to the Bible
     
  4. My opinon is we will never know what God is like as we are human and He is a Spirit. He does not think like us . He is not like us. He is all powerful , all knowing, We cannot put Him in a box and try to understand with our human minds. That is impossible. The way to get to know Him is through His Holy Word. OUr God is Holy.
     
  5. I wonder why you would think there is a difference?:) Jesus was a living breathing expression of the Father's heart.
     
  6. Lioness this is just my opinion and their are Bible verses I may have more time in the future to look up...

    When man sins in anger it is usually to take revenge on another which the Lord says, is His to do... Not us ...

    When in Exodus the Lord wanted to exterminate the Isralites is because of their constant idolatry... They did not want Him... They preferred to live in bondage to idols as many people do today...
     
  7. One must also remember that the Hebrew children lived under the Old Covenant and most not understanding the concept of faith in God equaling salvation stood in their own righteousness under that law.
    God is love but He is also Holy and righteous. Sinful flesh can never stand in His presence on it's own merit and must be judged.
    In the New Covenant we approach the Father but the imputed righteousness of His Son and our sins were judged in Christ.
     
  8. But she was asking about God not Jesus. Maybe I misunderstood.

     
  9. We are all creators in our lives... Do we not have the right to do with our creation as we like?

    As children we draw pictures to our liking, make clay creations as we like... We pick and choose...As adults we choose to decorate our homes as we like... We drive what we want and we custumized everything around us...

    Does not God have this right as well to His creation... Our every breath come from God not ourselves...The saved and the un-saved as well...

    Evil people because they have turned in rebellion against God are now and then allowing satan to work through them...

    Genesis 6

    A World Gone Wrong


    5 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.

    6 So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.

    7 And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” 8 But Noah found favor with the Lord.
     
  10. We are emotional beings because we were created in God's image. Our "emotionality" came from God and reflects God's nature. Of course, ever since the Fall, our emotions are often expressed in sinful ways. Jesus, having been conceived in the incarnation by God, was perfect and still one with the Father. His emotions were not somehow a manifestation of fleshly weakness. As Boanerges alluded to, I see no reason to look at any emotion expressed by Jesus as somehow less than divine. I think our emotions and God's differ in mainly two ways, God's emotions arise from His perfect nature, and they are many orders of magnitude deeper, broader, and brighter than ours.
     
  11. Ours are based on His.

    Imagine ours, but much more real, intense, clear, pure and holy, and whatever other ways the supernatural things of God are different which of course, we can't even begin to imagine.

    We can't with our concience, percieve the "concience" of the One who created our concience. But He does say we are made in His image right? (Oh, I see Rumley already said that)

    I have my theology ideas and feel like I'm getting a glimpse of the answers to these questions when I'm filled with the Holy Spirit, but we can't really know.

    The other night I touched eternity. I believe it was a true supernatural feeling. A little taste of something from in the heavens. It was when I was praising Him and telling Him I will praise Him and serve Him for eternity - He gave me a little sense of eternity, and I knew what I wanted to do for all of it! :israel:
     
  12. My point exactly Mom.

    Jesus Was the living breathing expression of the Father's heart.

    Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
    Joh 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
    Joh 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
    Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
     

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