Having attended a number of churches, at least one of which claimed to be 'non-denominational,' I have been subjected to listening to this teaching, which I have seen used to try to convince people that they should completely ignore all their feelings, whether they be feelings of physical or emotional pain or of joy, and simply adhere to the teachings of the Bible regardless. At worst, this means someone feeling terrible pain and sickness being told they have been healed by the stripes of Yeshua and just to thank Him for that without changing anything else in their lives.

One scripture I've heard quoted to support such a reading is:

For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor 5.7)

I'm just wondering if anyone knows of any others and furthermore, if anyone knows of any examples of the reasoning from the scriptures used by people who claim to believe the Bible and read it in this way.

  • Don't make decisions when you're angry. Don't make promises when you're happy. – WelcomeNewUsers Mar 28 '14 at 13:49
  • We are always making decisions, except perhaps when we're asleep. – George Tomlinson Mar 28 '14 at 16:20
  • So faith is not an emotion or feeling? – WelcomeNewUsers Mar 28 '14 at 17:06
  • Since you ask, I must say that my faith came as the result of a feeling which felt so good I'd never felt anything like it when people prayed for me. I burst out laughing in a way I never had before and felt like I'd woken up from a deep sleep. I had so much energy. Faith may not be a feeling, but the Presence of The Lord can certainly be felt. The priests couldn't even stand to minister when the glory of the Lord filled the temple in the Old Testament and how much more does the New Testament not excel in glory? – George Tomlinson Mar 28 '14 at 19:48
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    @AaronKorn: No, faith is absolutely not an emotion or feeling. Faith is action based upon belief, sustained by confidence. -- Dr. Gene Scott. – Flimzy Mar 29 '14 at 22:34

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Jeremiah 17:9

As Christians we should not base our faith on how we feel that day because, as it says in Jeremiah 17, and as we all know, our feelings are fickle and deceptive. We should base our faith upon the Word of God and the promises that God makes in it.

As far as I have come to know, many charismatic churches use people's feelings to basically get them to give up large sums of money. What you describe, I have never really seen. However, it is Biblical not to rely on your feelings, but only on the solid Rock, Jesus Christ.

  • @GeorgeTomlinson brother, I'm not sure you finished your thought there... I don't understand. – jlaverde Mar 28 '14 at 15:37
  • What about the woman who had the issue of blood which was stopped when she touched Yeshua: 'Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.' Does this not show at least that what people feel can be an accurate indication of what has really happened, if not that what they feel is always an accurate indicator? – George Tomlinson Mar 28 '14 at 15:40
  • Thanks for your answer. To be honest, my reading of the first scripture is that it says nothing about whether or not feelings agree with The Word of God. In response to the second scripture, I would point out that a) it could be that this refers to the state of men's hearts before The New Covenant was established, which has surely changed that situation for those who enter into it and continue to walk in it b) in reference to their experience with Yeshua on the road to Emmaus, the disciples mentioned that their hearts burned within them, by which they should have known it was Yeshua talking. – George Tomlinson Mar 28 '14 at 16:17
  • The latter is clear evidence that the feelings experienced within the heart agree with The Word of God, rather than oppose it. – George Tomlinson Mar 28 '14 at 16:18
  • I get into my reading of the scriptures you've quoted because you do the same, but that is against the agenda of the people in charge of this website, whom I don't seek to offend if I can help it. You have provided sciptures as requested though: thanks for that. – George Tomlinson Mar 30 '14 at 10:15

These are some other verses used as you described;

2 Corrinthians 4;18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Hebrews 11;1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

There are several other verses similar to these. A verse often overlooked is James 2;20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead. Hebrews 11 gives examples of people who have overcome by faith. The example of the woman with the issue of blood clearly, makes the point of James. She acted on her faith, she didn't stand idly in the crowd. As for our emotions, they to are a result of some action.

  • I'd like to get into my reading of the scriptures you've quoted, but that is against the agenda of the people in charge of this website, whom I don't seek to offend if I can help it. You have provided sciptures as requested thanks for that. – George Tomlinson Mar 30 '14 at 10:14
  • As it stands I wouldn't be able to accept this answer, as it breaks the instruction of the people who run the site that one shouldn't express one's own reading of The Bible: only quote those of others. I would happily talk to you about my and your readings of The Bible, but this is discouraged and frowned upon on this site. – George Tomlinson Mar 30 '14 at 11:00
  • My comments and answers are based upon what is described in the scripture, not an opinion. – V. Rollins Mar 30 '14 at 15:46
  • I would happily debate that with you if it were not frowned upon on this site. – George Tomlinson Mar 30 '14 at 21:07
  • Having searched the help center, I find no restriction on quoting bible verses figuratively and in context. – V. Rollins Mar 30 '14 at 23:21

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