truth vs. feeling

Monday, September 24, 2012

We were having a discussion around the kitchen table one night this week that really made me think.

Often, today, we value feelings over truth. We treasure our feelings, and search deep within them to find something of meaning, or the source from whence they came. As Christians, we don't usually go quite as far into this as the rest of the world, but we can still be found guilty.

Think about it. How many times have you caught yourself thinking "This just feels right," ? Our society pushes the need to have feelings, to tell our feelings, and to respect others' feelings. In and of themselves, these are not bad philosophies. But left on their own, they can be quite substandard. When we are so fearful of harming another's feelings, we have to be very limited in our arguments.

But if we're afraid of injuring another person's emotions, how are we to spread the Gospel? There are obviously many who do not agree with us that Jesus Christ is Lord: should we stand back and not show them Life, because we fear harming their feelings? Are we that shallow?

He who has mingled in the fray of duty that the brave endure, must have made foes. Ifyou have nonesmall is the work that you have done. -Charles Mackay
Let us stand up for truth, and not we willed down by the fear of harming feelings. Feelings are feeble things, wavering with the wind. Truth is rock-solid.

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  1. Wonderful post, Bree! I totally agree with you on this. Feelings can also bring us down--our emotions can change. I read a quote the other day--"Feelings are real, but they're not fact." Just because you feel something, doesn't mean it's true.

    Anyway, great post! :)

    God bless,
    Joy :)

  2. Wow....that's a really neat point.

    Thank-you for posting this.


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