Perhaps the main reason so many modern Christians fall away from the church is because they have fallen out of love with God. The radical emphasis on knowledge is a manifestation of our gnostic tendencies to seek out information about God rather than to experience and share the pervasive love of God. As in any relationship, love does not deepen by finding out any amount of information. Love only develops as trust deepens and emotional intimacy grows.
When it comes to building a life, emotion is the raw material, knowledge is the blueprint, the will is the act of building. Consciousness is the glue that binds emotion, knowledge, and will.
The brain is not a truth-seeker. The brain is a pattern searching, storytelling, survival machine.
Emotions are the physical manifestation of story.
In the life of the church, y’all matter more than you matter but y’all only matters when you find your place in y’all.
Emotion is the raw material of what we are capable of thinking. No matter how grand a thought we have of a castle, what we are capable of building will differ drastically if the raw materials are sand, wood, or stone. Denying the feelings that underlie our thoughts does no more good than living in a castle made of sand.
Matthew 5:18 – “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the moral law until all is accomplished. But good news – I’ve already fulfilled all that tedious civil and ritual stuff, so you can ignore it.” – Jesus 🎉 (apparently)