- Religion and Philosophy
God and Emotion
God does show emotion towards His humans
Searching the Bible for information
Too many people think that because God lets terrible things happen among his creation he must not care about us or feel any pain when we hurt. This is a totally understandable assumption and I don't think you're wrong for wondering about it. I mean, seriously, he lets war happen, he lets horrible people take control of countries, he stands by while women are treated as animals in certain parts of the world and he even looks on as toddlers are abused to the point of death. How can he be a loving God? By our human deductions, we have concluded he must not feel anything; or if anything, only hate and anger towards his creation, right?
No. Absolutely not, that could not be more wrong. Quite possibly, God has emotions that he didn't give people. It's very possible that he feels things we can't imagine, I'd say it's almost 100% guaranteed.
Our Father feels emotions, every single one. In fact, he feels emotions much more intensely than we do; his pain is more than ours, his anger, his love, his happiness, are all more than ours. How do I know this? The Bible states that God transcends all understanding, (Philippians 4:7), because this is true, his feelings/emotions also transcend my understanding because they are part of him. I can understand simple things and human things so his feelings, reactions and emotions must be more than what I can understand and therefore more intense. You might be thinking that since I already stated that I cannot understand God's emotions fully then this hub of mine is pointless and all conclusions I make are void, right? In a way, I suppose that's true; but, the bible also says that God is knowable -- just not fully understandable. "Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Matthew 7:23 NIV The fact that Jesus (who is one with the Father, therefore God), can say that there are people he does not know also means that there must be people he does know, otherwise he could have just said he doesn't know any of the creation, which isn't the case.
The bible says that the relationship between God the father and his creation (humans) is like the relationship of a parent and child. Let's examine that analogy to prove that God does indeed feel a full range of emotion. "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him." 1 John 3:1 NIV
In the simplest way, God's emotions are more intense because he is the parent of the entire world. Imagine you have one baby. You guard your baby with everything you've got, you want your baby to grow up in the most beautiful and perfect world, every moment with this little creature is precious and terrifying at the same time. A couple years later you have a second baby and then a third, it's more and more difficult to watch over them but you do it anyway. You created them and you're responsible for them; you're in charge of their lives and you're temporarily in charge of their happiness until they grow up enough take care of themselves. How many emotions do you go through in just one day with your kid/s? Now think of our God. He's in charge of six billion people and their happiness, but it's not temporary for him, it doesn't end in eighteen years for him. God's number one job is basically to be our parent, our protector and provider for the entire length of our lives. It's impossible for us to even comprehend all the different things God feels throughout a day for his people; each in a different situation thereby requiring a different response from God. If you're in doubt, I have proof that we are God's children: "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26 NIV **Both men and women are characterized as having the rights of "sons" here.**
When you contemplate the purpose of Jesus, it's overwhelming how much love the God of the universe has for each and every one of us. No other father in history would knowingly place their perfect child into a deadly situation of no escape. You will never find another father who could deal with the kind of sadness God went through on that day. Most parents can't handle strangers looking at their kid the wrong way, is there any way you could give your kid up for the world? God did. Thinking of him doing this for us blows my mind; Jesus' pain was because the Father wants people to be in heaven with him. How intense of a love is that? Jesus is more than enough proof that God the Father feels emotion towards humans, particularly love.
So far I've covered love and sadness, time to get to jealousy. I'm going to illustrate God's jealousy using a parent-child relationship analogy again.
Imagine if your child found someone else to call mom or dad. Imagine if they ignored you,wanted nothing to do with you, never considered your advice, thought you were foolish and just wanted nothing to do with you. I bet that hurts and I bet you're pretty jealous of that person your baby calls mom or dad when that's what they should be calling you. Personally, if I had a kid who called another woman mom, I'd hate that woman even if she never did anything to me I'd still feel like she was stealing my kid. In the same way the Christian God is a jealous God. "Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." Exodus 34:14 NIV I feel like too many people think that dabbling in other religions is okay; it's not. Besides that worshiping other gods makes God the Father angry and jealous, it also hurts him. We're his creation, his children, his delight -- when we ignore him, it hurts him.
The fact that God transcends all understanding means that we could never write enough books or articles to expose him in his fullness, nevertheless, I'm on a mission to know him the best I can. Each time I have a small revelation or new understanding about God and the Bible, I'm going to write about it right here on Hubpages.
1 John 4:7-8 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."