Posted by: splat | June 20, 2012

Should faith be based on feelings?

Whilst most would say that faith should be based on the word of God it has become evident that many, perhaps most, base it on personal experience. Now while our faith in God should impact our personal experience I don’t believe it should define it orherwise someone might say “God did (or did not) come through for me in this situation” and it becomes the rule and a new theology. We often don’t know everything thats going on in someone elses life and without an “inquisition” it may be impossible to find out what they believed going into that situation.

Also, with personal growth we should be able to get to the place where we can trust God in greater measure than before. If now we end up limiting God by our experience.

Another common statement is when someone claims they are spiritually powerful (annointed) based on their “spiritual” feelings. I have even heard preachers say you can’t trust God’s word unless the Holy Spirit personally quickens it to you. They claim that the english word for “word” has two counterparts in biblical greek “logos” and “rhema” which, according to them, only “rhema” can be acted upon. Whilst I can see that greek has “logos” for written word and “rhema” for spoken word I fail to see how that is significant when obeying the sayings of Jesus. If the Holy Spirit is our guide then where is the problem or do we have to go to the counsel of men today?

(NASB)John 14:26
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

(NASB)1 John 2:27
As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

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