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Unread 12-26-2005, 07:58 AM   #1
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on the knowledge of God ...

Does God have emotions? Can He infinitely feel, or is He stoic?

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Unread 12-26-2005, 09:56 AM   #2
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I beleive that God "feels". But His emotions have not been corrupted by sin as our emotions have been so I think we can only vaguely understood the reality of Gods emotions. WE can understand love butr not perfect love as God does for we are finite and corrupted by sin.
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Yes, beyond question.

Genesis 6:6
The Lord... was grieved in His heart.

Zephaniah 3:17
"The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy."
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Unread 12-27-2005, 07:11 PM   #4
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so we have an agreement - God can feel, in His holy way.

and since He is God, He can most likely infinitely feel.

Now this I wonder - for God to have emotions, for him to have a heart that infinitely feels, for him to love us to the death, doesn't that make Him vulnerable?
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Unread 12-27-2005, 08:37 PM   #5
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Why..

...do you ask?

Just curious before I respond.
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Unread 12-28-2005, 07:55 AM   #6
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Now this I wonder - for God to have emotions, for him to have a heart that infinitely feels, for him to love us to the death, doesn't that make Him vulnerable?
Vunerability is a result of not knowin g the results of our reaching out in love to someone. God is omniscient and nothing can surprise God. So no Gopd is not vunerable and cannot be hurt like us--perfect love cannot be offended in any way.
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Not quite all human emotions, but most.

1 Corinthians 13 says that one who loves does not accrue "hurt feelings." God is perfect love, so He does not accrue hurt feelings. However, He is grieved by our unloving actions.

In other words, He does not take our bad behavior personally, but He does have an emotional reaction to it. This is the difference between a personal grudge and righteous judgement.

A study of God's emotions reveals He is loving, pleased, angered, joyous, grieved, etc, though never surprised. How could God be surprised when He controls the outcomes of all things?
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