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Old 06-07-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Seward, Alaska
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...in your Christian walk? I've noticed some people are VERY emotional about it...hugging each other, tears, weeping, jumping up and down with joy, shouting, laughing, etc. For me, I'm often envious of such deep feelings, because much of the time I'm just sort of a matter-ot-fact "the Bible is true, therefore I'm gonna follow it" unsentimental kind of guy, without feeling much of any emotion. It's like I choose to be a Christian because it's right, and not because "it feels right". I'd rather have feelings more often, but I just don't. I'm that way in pretty much everything, not just the Christian walk...just the way it is. Do you think this is normal? Why, or why not? Is it just because we are all "wired" differently, react differently, and therefore it's no big deal?

Bud
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:30 PM
 
Location: RV Park
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I believe there can be emotions, but we shouldn't depend on them in our walk. Fear, excitement, anger, etc are soulish feelings that are contrary to His life, which is stable and content.

A lot of people look for "happiness", which is derived from the same word as "happenings". We should rather make "joy" our goal, which does not depend on the world around us, for example.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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...in your Christian walk? I've noticed some people are VERY emotional about it...hugging each other, tears, weeping, jumping up and down with joy, shouting, laughing, etc. For me, I'm often envious of such deep feelings, because much of the time I'm just sort of a matter-ot-fact "the Bible is true, therefore I'm gonna follow it" unsentimental kind of guy, without feeling much of any emotion. It's like I choose to be a Christian because it's right, and not because "it feels right". I'd rather have feelings more often, but I just don't. I'm that way in pretty much everything, not just the Christian walk...just the way it is. Do you think this is normal? Why, or why not? Is it just because we are all "wired" differently, react differently, and therefore it's no big deal?

Bud
I think it's the wiring because I am less emotional than most people I know.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Hi Bud. I have different kinds of emotional feelings with respect to my walk and sometimes they are much stronger than at other times. For me, I get emotional during worship type songs at Church in that tears will fall down my cheeks uncontrollably and, to be honest, I find it quite embarrasing and wish this would not always happen. I am not sobbing out loud or anything but I definitely need a tissue. This is when I seem to be the most emotional. Perhaps I am feeling everyones love for God in one room? I do not understand why I am affected this way.

When I am alone in prayer with God I also tend to get the goosebumps if I feel really at-one with him. (PS: I felt the goosebumps when I read your post and is why I am eager to respond

I know why I personally have become more emotional. A number of years ago I started praying to the Father for his Divine Love to enter my soul. The more I asked, the more he gave and the more I have felt that emotional connection with him. It is his Love that has made the difference!
I am not sure if you have tried this yet or not?
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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...in your Christian walk? I've noticed some people are VERY emotional about it...hugging each other, tears, weeping, jumping up and down with joy, shouting, laughing, etc. For me, I'm often envious of such deep feelings, because much of the time I'm just sort of a matter-ot-fact "the Bible is true, therefore I'm gonna follow it" unsentimental kind of guy, without feeling much of any emotion. It's like I choose to be a Christian because it's right, and not because "it feels right". I'd rather have feelings more often, but I just don't. I'm that way in pretty much everything, not just the Christian walk...just the way it is. Do you think this is normal? Why, or why not? Is it just because we are all "wired" differently, react differently, and therefore it's no big deal?

Bud
Different people worship in different ways, and I won't let anyone instruct me how to worship. Near my house there is a messianic Jewish church and people there crawl on the ground, shout, cry, sing, speak in tongues, make funny noices, dance etc, and that's all cool, but it doesn't mean everyone must bring themselves do all that. I find it a great place to pray though. If you want to stand, you stand, if you want to sit, you sit, if you want to lie on the floor, you lie on the floor. The place sounds like a nuthouse, but the presence of the Holy Spirit is very strong. Be yourself, and do what the Holy Spirit inspires you to do. Do not pretend to like the music either. My own church has gone 'modern', and sing 'modern' songs which I have never heard before, and I do not make any attempt to sing along. To me it is noise, and I will not pretend to like it.

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Old 06-07-2010, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Florida
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...in your Christian walk? I've noticed some people are VERY emotional about it...hugging each other, tears, weeping, jumping up and down with joy, shouting, laughing, etc. For me, I'm often envious of such deep feelings, because much of the time I'm just sort of a matter-ot-fact "the Bible is true, therefore I'm gonna follow it" unsentimental kind of guy, without feeling much of any emotion. It's like I choose to be a Christian because it's right, and not because "it feels right". I'd rather have feelings more often, but I just don't. I'm that way in pretty much everything, not just the Christian walk...just the way it is. Do you think this is normal? Why, or why not? Is it just because we are all "wired" differently, react differently, and therefore it's no big deal?
I love you Bud......and you're more loving and sentimental than you think you are...emotionally, you are who you are...and I love who you are...just the way you are. If you were any different, then you wouldn't be BudinAk...and then I wouldn't "know" you like I do (so to speak)...you are precious just the way you are BudinAk......always room for growth and betterment for all of us...God Bless you on your journey...I pray that you be found in His Truth...dear friend.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Different people worship in different ways, and won't let anyone instruct me how to worship. I went to a messianic Jewish church the other day and people were crawling on the groung, shouting, crying, singing, speaking in tongues, making funny noices, dancing etc, and that's all cool, but it doesn't mean everyone must bring themselves to do it. I find it a great place to pray though. Be yourself, and do what the Holy Spirit inspires you to do. Do not pretend to like the music either. My own church has gone 'modern', and sing 'modern' songs which I have never heard before, and I do not make any attempt to sing along. To me it is noise, and I will not pretend to like it.
Just noise? You just wrote "different people worship in different ways", but now that the music is modern, it's not worship but "just noise" to you? God only accepts traditional music/songs as worship? God looks at everyone's heart when they are worshipping him. It doesn't matter if that is a capella or with a choir.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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...in your Christian walk? I've noticed some people are VERY emotional about it...hugging each other, tears, weeping, jumping up and down with joy, shouting, laughing, etc. For me, I'm often envious of such deep feelings, because much of the time I'm just sort of a matter-ot-fact "the Bible is true, therefore I'm gonna follow it" unsentimental kind of guy, without feeling much of any emotion. It's like I choose to be a Christian because it's right, and not because "it feels right". I'd rather have feelings more often, but I just don't. I'm that way in pretty much everything, not just the Christian walk...just the way it is. Do you think this is normal? Why, or why not? Is it just because we are all "wired" differently, react differently, and therefore it's no big deal?

Bud
Bud


Humans naturally have emotions and at times they can be repressed for a lot of reasons, when you were a child did you have emotions and then found they decreased over time? or do you feel that you have always been that way? It could be you are just wired that way -- for me I found that during my childhood I had a lot of conditioning and ended up with a lot of repressed emotions, it took me a long time to address this, it took going to a councillor who I trusted to talk about things and work things out .... ...

To me it seems that God gave us all emotions and logic and spirit, and the spirit should reign over both the logic and emotions it seems we need both logic and emotion and that they should work together ....
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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...in your Christian walk? I've noticed some people are VERY emotional about it...hugging each other, tears, weeping, jumping up and down with joy, shouting, laughing, etc. For me, I'm often envious of such deep feelings, because much of the time I'm just sort of a matter-ot-fact "the Bible is true, therefore I'm gonna follow it" unsentimental kind of guy, without feeling much of any emotion. It's like I choose to be a Christian because it's right, and not because "it feels right". I'd rather have feelings more often, but I just don't. I'm that way in pretty much everything, not just the Christian walk...just the way it is. Do you think this is normal? Why, or why not? Is it just because we are all "wired" differently, react differently, and therefore it's no big deal?

Bud
People are made differently. Emotions don't determine truth so you shouldn't be a Christian because it feels right rather you should be one because you believe in Jesus Christ. I think you are normal. There are a lot of people who aren't very emotional. That's not a bad thing!
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Just noise? You just wrote "different people worship in different ways", but now that the music is modern, it's not worship but "just noise" to you? God only accepts traditional music/songs as worship? God looks at everyone's heart when they are worshipping him. It doesn't matter if that is a capella or with a choir.
No, it is just me. They went modern, because that was what the majority of the people wanted (I think). They like it, I don't, although I know I am not alone. Some clap and dance, but I don't do that, and I don't think people need to pretend to like the music if they don't like it.

God accepts any style of worship, including silent prayer, but I do not think he would be pleased to see someone pretend to like bad music. Either you are inspired by it, or you are not. Nowadays I usually attend the Bible stydy sessions and less worship.

PS The messianic Jewish church which I mentined is not my church (I am not Jewish), and they have not gone modern.
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