Revelation, Reason, Faith & Feelings

The Christian Bible is God’s revelation to us.  It is a history of God interacting with humanity throughout thousands of years.  It was written by men, but inspired by God.  It should be understood as a single work composed of individual parts that fit together as a whole entity. It provides the information that we need to be in a right relationship with God, both in this life, and in eternity.

The Bible is written using human language and can be understood using human reasoning…to a degree.  It is necessary for the Holy Spirit to grant us the insight to comprehend those portions that would perplex unaided human reasoning.  This insight is not contrary to reason, but rather supplements reason.

Faith allows us to accept that which we cannot see.  Faith is a response of our inner-most being to the Word, and to the Spirit of God, that works together to produce the character of God in our lives. 

As God does His work within us, wonderful feelings of love, joy, peace, and more are stirred up within our souls.  Sometimes people focus on the feelings, rather than the Word, and can be led astray. Our feelings should not guide us.  Be careful to remain guided by the Word,  which is the revelation of God; using reason, which is guided by the Spirit; which works in our lives, through our faith; all of which, is a gift from God.

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2 Responses to “Revelation, Reason, Faith & Feelings”

  1. Travis Gluesing Says:

    I think it is great to hear someone say that the bible was written by men, often people think that just because it is in the bible it is exactly God’s words. I agree with this somewhat but I also belive that since it was written by men that things could have been documented not exactly as God stated them. Kudo’s to you.

  2. Pastor Curt Says:

    Travis, the human element in the recording of sripture is seen in the various writing styles. I would place greater emphasis on the divine role of inspiration, rather than the human role. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:16&17) I do not believe that God dictated the words, but that He inspired the thoughts. This means that I would not discount any portion of scripture simply as the words of men.

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