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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or other mundane psychological phenomena?

I have to provide a sort of common-sense answer to a question like this because I am not aware of a trend of people having hallucinations with respect to spiritual experiences that have resulted in ...
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What do Christians mean by the expression "to be on fire for God/Jesus/Christ", and is there a Biblical basis for this concept?

From the apostle Paul's second letter to his protégé and son in the faith: I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my ...
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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or other mundane psychological phenomena?

A Christian who is suffering from an hallucination which they take to be a genuine spiritual experience will never discern it to be false, at the time. But once soundness of mind returns to them, then ...
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Do other Christian denominations/groups have an equivalent to the "burning in the bosom" of Mormonism?

Please take my answer with a grain of salt, because I am not from another denomination. I have served a 2 year LDS mission and had in-depth discussions with thousands of faithful Christians of many ...
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What do Christians mean by the expression "to be on fire for God/Jesus/Christ", and is there a Biblical basis for this concept?

I am reading a book which is a compilation of Aiden W. Tozer's sermons on worship: Whatever Happened to Worship? (1985). In 1962 he preached a series of sermons on "Worship, The Chief End of ...
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Does God experience any emotion other than love?

Short answer is YES. When theorizing God's emotional life we can only do so by analogy with our own range of emotions. God creates our human nature, so God can always potentially be more than us. ...
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Why is beating one's breast used to show sadness and guilt?

The basic idea is that of "smiting oneself." As Howard Marshall puts it, commenting on Luke 18:13: The breast or heart is regarded as the seat of sin, and hence the act is one of grief or ...
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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or other mundane psychological phenomena?

The entirety of the book of Job (1) is an account of a man who, though a perfect man among his peers, and in regard to his own conscience, yet was deeply exercised within himself and feared one thing ...
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What are the "signs of grief" for which a pastor should be on the look out?

Being stuck in grief is referred to by professionals as "incomplete grief" or "complicated grief." It is often defined as grief that is not resolving or normalizing within 6 to ...
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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or other mundane psychological phenomena?

"How do Christians make sure this is not the case? How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or 'mind tricks' in general?" The same way believers in every ...
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What are Christian explanations for the similarities between ecstatic spiritual experiences of Christians and those of other religions?

I have no interest in arguing against the possibility of physical benefits from yoga; I also readily acknowledge that endorphins can be released through physical activity. But that exercise can make ...
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Do other Christian denominations/groups have an equivalent to the "burning in the bosom" of Mormonism?

In the methodist tradition there is John Wesley. The story goes how he reluctantly attended a meeting in Aldersgate. Someone read from Luther's Preface to the Epistle to Romans. About 8:45 p.m. "...
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According to Protestants is God (The Father or The Spirit) capable of human emotions?

The answer is YES, God is capable of human emotions. The common topic in theology for this question is the discussion on 2 contrasting attributes of God: passibility vs. impassibility. This answer ...
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Are there Christian equivalents for the four sublime attitudes or brahmaviharas of Buddhism (metta, karuna, mudita, upekkha)?

Yes, there is in Christianity something similar to the four sublime attitudes in Buddhism. Instead of four, however, there is one, and that one is composed of eight significant attitudes. Those eight ...
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Are there Christian equivalents for the four sublime attitudes or brahmaviharas of Buddhism (metta, karuna, mudita, upekkha)?

In classical philosophy, which inspired much of Christianity and continues to teach Western Christianity, the notion of the four loves that C.S. Lewis expounded on may be corollaries to this Buddhist ...
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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or other mundane psychological phenomena?

It almost seems from the preamble to your question that you are really asking two questions. How can true prophetic visions or dreams be discerned from mundane dreams or hallucinations? How can I ...
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Does God experience any emotion other than love?

The God of the Bible is spoken of in theological terms as having some "Incommunicable Attributes", and his attributes are identical with his being.Although God has revealed this to an extent ...
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Does God experience any emotion other than love?

"Anger": a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. "Hostility": unfriendliness or opposition. "Hatred": intense dislike or ill will. "Anger" is ...
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Why would having emotions imply that an entity is composite?

In context, the article is talking specifically about matter and form. Essentially, he is asking whether God has some material component intrinsic to His nature. You can see that in the opinion given ...
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Are there Christian equivalents for the four sublime attitudes or brahmaviharas of Buddhism (metta, karuna, mudita, upekkha)?

Yes and no. If you take those concepts in Christianity that are close to the four you list and break them into parts, then the difference will be seen. The parts are ideas (the Word), emotional ...
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Which scriptures are used to justify ignoring feelings?

I can't speak for every church but, what comes to mind here for me, and i hope it answers this question is. Romans 8:5-8 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh ...
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