Validating others with words bible
They view faith as a "leap in the dark" based on feelings.A popular song said, "It can't be wrong when it feels so right." That expresses the approach some take to determining their religious views. Some people had emotional experiences that convinced them they were saved.
Where were such people ever told to trust their feelings or to pray for a "burning in the bosom" to tell them whether a church or belief is right or wrong?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.Do the feelings really prove they are all pleasing to God?1 Corinthians -13 - God rebukes religious division and contradictions.Therefore, God does not want us to follow our feelings in religion! ; John ,21; Ephesians 4:3-6; Galatians -21] 2 Corinthians -15 - Satan is a deceiver, liar, and counterfeiter.
Everyone knows that Satan and evil may inspire feelings like anger, hate, etc. I read of a Buddhist monk who felt he should have other monks kick him down a flight of over 250 stairs. Afterward he said he "felt a great sense of peace with God." Did his feelings prove God was pleased with him? Hosts of other people tell experiences that led them to "feel sure" they were right, but their practices thoroughly contradict the Bible.
Some emotions we are told to control are: Fear - 2 Timothy 1:7 (cf. Proverbs ; Matthew ) Hatred (1 John ; ) Love (1 John -17; 1 Timothy ; 2 Timothy 3:2-4) Joy (1 Corinthians 13:6) These emotions are not necessarily bad, but they can lead to serious error if we let them control us.
If we cannot trust these emotions to guide us, how can we trust any emotions?
* Strong emotions may lead to adultery, killing, stealing, and other evils.
Are these acts right just because our emotions led us to do them?
So why can't they inspire us to feel sure certain doctrines are true, when really they are not true? How do you know when a feeling does or does not really tell you God's will?