20200203 Can we trust our feelings when it comes to the existence of God?

Monday Musings for February 03, 2020

Good morning, Musers,

Do you ever find yourself wondering, what if the Bible is not true?

Now… be careful here. I am not asking you if you subscribe to biblical inerrancy. I do — and that’s a whole other question. I’m asking you about your feelings... if you ever lose confidence in your Christian worldview… even if only to restore that confidence quickly and get on with your life?

If your answer is no, then I see two problems: first, you are probably kidding yourself about your feelings. Second, that which is not tested is vulnerable.

I lose confidence in my Christian worldview all the time… but that’s only because I want to give my opponents a fair hearing — and that comes at a price: I must absorb and test-apply their reasoning to my worldview — and this affects my feelings.

The penultimate result is that I get worried for a moment... which is no problem. That’s proof that I have treated my opponents fairly! But the ultimate result is that God gets vindicated. After those biblical and/or philosophical tussles, my confidence grows back even stronger... and my feelings about God turn decidedly more positive.

This is how we make hardy Christians… and making hardy Christians is the purpose of Mainsail Ministries. As such, my prayer is that your faith has occasionally been broken — and by my very hand! — but then repaired as we worked through the Bible’s difficulties together.

I wish I could tell you to just rest in your faith. But brethren… we are at war — and often with homebred terrorists. Civil discourse has been replaced with screaming polemics in America — and even Christians are buying into the lies of our purportedly postmodern culture. And as if that weren’t enough, Oxford Dictionaries named “Post-truth” the phrase-of-the-year in 2016.

Those three problems are the problem in today’s America. We celebrate freedom of speech yet dilute the field with so much meaningless speech that we cannot reasonably wade through it. We claim postmodern protection against moral values… but while not being postmodern at all when it comes to our daily lives. The most diabolical problem, however, is that we’ve attacked logic itself. We have placed reason below feelings, and if we accept that as a culture, then God has no standing.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, NASB95)

You see, God created a reasonable universe, and part of our “being made in his image” is that we are rational beings. For millennia, we have beheld the data of the universe — and through a combination of awe, love and reason — we believers have always crafted the most reasonable worldviews available.

Now, I couldn’t imagine being a disciple of Jesus Christ without feeling tender towards the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Bible — and everything they are doing in creation. But I will remind us all that God holds the universe together by the Word (Colossians 1:17) — the Logos… and that’s where we get the word logic.

This is not, however, where we get the word feelings. So, when you mention Jesus Christ out there in the world, don’t be surprised when you get a vacant stare.

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