A Voice in the
"For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and of love and of a SOUND MIND." (2Ti1:7) "What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the MIND. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the MIND." (1Co14:15)
As this is being written (February) the Mel Gibson "Passion" movie is just being released, with much fanfare and publicity. As the reports emerge from those who attend the showings, the universal reaction to the movie is the -emotions-. People being interviewed as they are exiting, either still crying, or fighting back the tears...hardly able to talk.
I know of a woman who abandoned her husband years ago, writing him a letter expressing that she was leaving -everything- to him. Later at divorce time, I suspect due to coercion from her family, required the fulfillment of certain conditions: "for -emotional- reasons". (Huh?)
News reporters covering a story, stick the mic in somebody's face asking about the incident: "And what were the emotions? How did you feel?"
A local TV station currently has a reporter embedded with a local National Guard unit stationed in Iraq, and at a certain time during the news cast they setup a "live" connection between a soldier in Iraq, and their spouse or family here in Spokane in the TV studio. After the husband and wife exchanged some awkward communications (in front of the whole world!) as the children have just announced to their daddy that a new sibling is on-the-way in mommy's stomach, the news anchor gets on there and asks the soldier, "What are your emotions right now?"
Some teacher gets an award for being a popular teacher, a student is asked (on camera) what is so special about that teacher: "They have a good attitude." In other words, the teacher 'makes me feel special'. Emotions. Ask the same student the significance of July 4, 1776, or to quote a line from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: Uh...I dunno. But they are going through school -feeeeling- just great!
Today's 'mother-earth' theology is reverting the world to goddess worship. God is no longer considered a "he", but in many minds just as equally a "she". In reverting to the ancient religions I've seen this bumper sticker in the last couple years, "Isis, Isis, Ra, ra, ra!" Both of these, ancient Egyptian gods. Isis, the one who mutated over the centuries, and from society-to-culture, today is the (miraculously) weeping "madonna".
In the western mind's shift to -female- worship, even men are getting "in touch" with their "feminine side"...via -emotions-. Today's prime high priestess of femme-dieu, Oprah, preaches the doctrine of "follow your emotions".
Today's psychobabel, following the same doctrine, counsels people away from what they consider the "rigidness" of analytical and logical thought, to emotions. If it "feels right", do it. Follow your heart (of emotions), because your mind can get you all frustrated. You don't want to "think" about things too much.
Because...today's goddess religion is about feminine emotions. And thus, people can be manipulated into "feeling" that what they believe is right, because it -feels- "right". Like Mormonism can see the cold hard fact evidence of the falseness of their religion; but they trust that "burning in their bosom" of emotions to believe the lies their elders teach them.
Charismania's so-called "worship" is an emotional experience of shamanized 'feeling' of peace. They always speak of "feeling" the spirit. And when they get worked up into an emotional frenzy and start babbling gibberish with their mouths, they are -feeling- oh-so-good... how could it possibly be of satan?
And if anybody should happen to object to variations of any of the above concepts, the retort is given: Well, if you haven't experienced it, to know the same emotions, don't judge!
Well...what about these religious emotions? What is their source?
In connection with this Mel Gibson movie, somebody e-mailed, telling of hearing on the radio a special testimonial from one of today's leading non-charismatic, conservative theologians who had just seen "The Passion". As this person continued listening to this testimonial, they began to 'feel' this certain -pull- into a special "warm, sweet, protected" place...an emotion they suddenly remembered having felt as a young child. What was it, from childhood, that they were remembering? Childhood for them contained trauma, and so while lying in bed, feeling lonely, this 'presence' would come around, on several occasions, offering to be with this person and protect them always. But there was a certain stipulation: This person had to specifically "ask" this being to be this person of protection to them. The person asked, "What is your name?" Mary. The Lord's hand was obviously upon this person, because even as a child, they 'turned-away' from this "mary", back to the "cold place" in their bed. Thankfully, they did not do as today's goddess theologians exhort: to "embrace" the light, embrace the warmth, and "feel it -inside- you", as it becomes all-encompassing around you, wrapping and cradling you in its nurturing "love".
I suspect such a "request" for mary's protection would have ended up being a demon-possession. However, this person was experiencing this same -pull- during this 'evangelical' theologian's testimonial of "The Passion", as that childhood invitation from 'mary' had been years ago.
There was a lot to this person's e-mail that is not shared here, but the description of this warm, safe place was very similar to what a person feels when in the presence of various cults, including the moonies. You can walk into their home and the air is 'thick' with this oozing, syrupy sweet, imposing sense of overbearing peace, love, tranquility and welcome. These places, of course, being a haven of demons who are possessing the cult people. When I described my own experiences having been around these sorts, this person replied back something like: That's exactly it! And you see, this -demonic- spirit is what was pulling on this person, through the hearing of the testimonial about "The Passion" movie. Shall I name the name? The testimonial was being given by Chuck Swindol, favorably touting the movie! It is a pull on the -emotions-. THICK emotions! Demonic emotions!
[My! But, couldn't this revelation about Swindol easily spawn another topic for consideration about wolves in sheep's clothing! 2Co11:13-15]
And based on the testimony of another subscriber who saw it, the movie apparently does, actually, have little demons showing up all over the place in manners not indicated by Scripture. (Why has nobody else mentioned that?)
And people are coming out of the movie all totally -emotionally- worked up. Throughout the movie are many cameos of "mary" here and there. How many people, in the despair of the supposed portrayal of utter brutal agony, will emotionally 'receive' this "mary" into themselves as a "warm, sweet, protected" place; a place of relief and refuge from all that pain? After all, my sin is the source of -my- spiritual pain; so "mary" can provide release from that bondage. Salvation through "repentance" is no longer needed, because 'mary' just -took- the burden away, and now I'm -feeling- at peace, lovingly protected. Is that why nobody exiting the movie showings are testifying yet to having repented of their sin?
There have been reports of "signs and wonders" (2Th2:9) coming from the movie production...but I have yet to hear of any "repentance" (Lk24:47) or of "receiving" Jesus. (Jn1:12) Any "conversions" reported, have been to the -catholic- church. Testimonials are all related to the fact that the movie was a "life changing experience". But nobody is focusing on 'what' that change might have been.
Well...watching "Schindler's List" is a life-changing experience, too, and there is much emotional crying at the end of it; but it does not save. Getting married changes one's life, and there are many happy emotions; but it does not give Eternal Life. Having one's arm bitten off by a shark attack is a life changing experience; but that's not what Jesus was speaking of regarding "cutting" one's hand away, to gain Heaven. (Mk9:43)
Scripture tells us that Paul "..REASONED with them from the Scriptures" (Ac17:2) and many people wanting to hear God's Word would come back the following Sabbaths to hear more (13:44) and they "searched the Scriptures". (17:11) But it was when the unbelieving Jews stirred up the mob, when their -emotions- were stirred up, that they dragged Paul out and stoned him, leaving him lying there, supposing they had killed him. (14:19)
When a couple lets emotions carry them away, they 'feel' that their affair is right. Well, of course they do! Their lust-filled hormones are running wild, lacking any self-control or self-restraint! But today's goddess worship tells them it's OK, because they are "following their hearts", even though they are already married to spouses other than each other. But God's Word does not make provision for feelings when He commands, "You shall not commit adultery" (Ex20:14) Before God's throne of judgment there is no such defense as: "It just felt right".
But this is how satan allures. Men traditionally are more analytical, and women are more emotionally comprised. This is not a chauvinist statement. Today's society readily gladly embraces this fact; which is why feminist goddess worship is a religion of emotions, of which they boast.
Thus, notice in Genesis ch3 that the serpent did not come, first, to Adam, the analytically designed person who would have had a logical resistance; but to Eve, the female, the one with emotional feelings. And he got her enticed to consider the "desirability" of the forbidden fruit, and the lust for 'god-hood'. (Gen3:5-6) It just -felt- "sooo right".
But it was wrong!
Like the old "Dragnet" episodes, as the particular female was all emotionally blubbering this or that, and hypothesizing, the detective would analytically caution: "Just the facts m'am"
Eve -felt- in her emotions that eating the fruit would be a good thing. So she disobeyed God. She disobeyed her husband, usurped her own promised "god-likeness" for herself, apart from her husband.
But the "facts m'am" were that: 1) God had commanded: "Do not eat", but 2) Eve ate. And guess what? Another fact they hadn't counted on: They discovered they were "naked". (Gen3:7) -Fact- And suddenly they -felt- (what?) "exposed"!
Do not be deceived by this movie. A great amount of -emotions- is coming out of it. That is its design. In the emotions it presents its version of "mary" who is the comforter; and if you know catholic doctrine, she is also man's advocate before God; and in the extreme emotional upheaval the movie stirs up, this mary is invited into one's heart. Not Jesus.
The -facts- of Scripture proclaim: "For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus" (1Tim2:5) NOT Mary!
And again: "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world." (1Jn2:1-2) Again: -NOT- Mary!
Today's goddess worship of "emotions" is leading the world astray to this perception of "mary". But it is not Mary, the one who bore Jesus into this world, for her to be exalted. When somebody called out to Jesus praising His mother (the -real- Mary, not this Queen of Heaven descendent of Isis they worship today), He replied, "No; rather, blessed are those who hear the WORD OF GOD and KEEP IT." (Lk11:28) What they are worshiping today is none other than Egypt's ancient Isis, the Queen of Heaven that Israel was judged for worshiping. (Jer7:18) The "Madonna" of the catholic church, which is the origins of the movie; is the focal point around which all the world's religions are conglomerating. It is idolatry. And God has already promised judgment against her. (Rev18:7, Jer50:15, Is47:7-15)
Which deity are you going to follow? The Queen of Heaven, goddess of emotions? Remember, female emotions are unstable as all get-out, fluctuating up-and-down on a regular basis, as the tides rise and fall. You can never be quite sure when she's up or down.
Or, the "more sure Word of prophecy, which you do well to heed as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts" (2Pe1:19)
Bawling one's eyes out at a movie does not save, just as crying as one responds to an emotional altar call, walking up the aisle, does not save. But "the Law of Jehovah is perfect, converting the soul" (Ps19:7) "Faith is of hearing, and hearing through the Word of God" (Rom10:17) "..through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who are believing" (1Co1:21)
Emotions have no sure foundation, but are driven by the wind like the waves of the sea. "For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord" (Ja1:6-7)
However... "Forever, O Jehovah, Your WORD STANDS FIRM in the heavens." (Ps119:89) And again... "Your WORD IS TRUTH since the beginning, and every one of Your righteous judgments IS EVERLASTING." (Ps119:160)
It is the difference between emotions or God's Word. Through emotions people refuse to believe that a "loving God" would "torture" people in hell forever, and so they also refuse to repent, themselves. They emotionally refuse to believe that "the soul who sins shall die". (Ezk18:4)
It somehow misses their cognition that it is a loving God who doesn't allow unrepentant sinners to emotionally torture for the rest of eternity the sinners who -did- repent, and received Jesus Christ as their Savior (Jn1:12) and now wish to live in God's -holy- Heaven, without the constant reminder, that the presence of the unrepentant sinners would inflict, of the sin out of which they were saved. This "present evil world" (Ga1:4 kjv) is that which the righteous wish to leave, looking for that "homeland" (Heb11:14) with God, the "new heavens and new earth IN WHICH RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS" (2Pt3:13)
At best, emotions are short-lived, because when a new emotion comes along, the first goes by the wayside. Emotions are like the pilot flying through fog, "feeling" like he's flying right-side-up, and ends up crashing into the ground because in truth, his senses were disoriented. Pilots learn to -trust- their (analytical) instruments.
The only alternative to flighty, unstable and false (often 'demonic') emotions is the solid foundation (instrumentation) of God's Word: "But you continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed by 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." (2Tim4:14-17)
Related topic: Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"