Religion Roundtable: Does God have feelings?
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Our feelings were made in the likeness of God’s feelings

Yes, God, the creator of heaven and earth, Almighty Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One who can be touched by the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus the Christ, God in the flesh, felt every emotion that we have ever felt, presently feel, or will ever feel.

We were created for his pleasure, so this means that he can feel the sensation of pleasure. He also bore our pains and carried our sorrows in his body, and this means that he is acquainted with our griefs (Isaiah 53:3-5).

Idol gods, images made by human hands, have no feelings. They have eyes that cannot see, ears that cannot hear, legs that cannot walk and hands that cannot feel. Elijah the prophet made fun of the false prophets who called on Baal, an idol deity who seemingly had gone on vacation and couldn’t hear the cries of his followers (1 Kings 18).

Since we are made in the image and likeness of God, our feelings and emotions come from God. If you want to understand the feelings and emotions that you have, don’t waste time with mind science, horoscopes, eastern religions or empty man-made denominations. Rather identify yourself with Jesus the Christ, who lived as a human being and the Son of God the Father at the same time, and who demonstrated all the feelings and emotions that God the Father himself expresses to everyone.

God has feelings, and you are living proof of it.

Bob McClain, Living By Faith Ministry, Oxford

God’s love for us is proof of his feelings

One of the things that complicates the question of whether God has feelings is the fact that, as a Catholic Christian, I believe in God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

First, God the Father definitely has feelings. In Scripture, we hear about God’s love — “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” (John 3:16 NAB) We also read about God being angry and hurt when people disobey him.

Second, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is fully God and fully human. Therefore, everything we can feel, he can feel — and has probably felt. We know that he loves us. He showed that love by dying on the cross. We also know he felt abandoned as he died. And there were times he was frustrated with people’s lack of understanding. One of the things that gives me great hope is that our Lord understands everything I have to deal with in this life.

Finally, there is the Holy Spirit. While we seem to struggle to fully understand the Holy Spirit, one of the most beautiful descriptions I have ever heard came from St. Augustine, who referred to the Holy Spirit as the love between the Father and Son. This shows us that God not only feels love for us, but also wishes to share that love with us.

Bryan Lowe, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Anniston
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