There is an amazing article at AmericanThinker.com that is well worth the read!
“Picture two cliffs separated by a great chasm. The cliffs are made of sedimentary rock, layer upon layer, each a slightly different shade. On one side the stone deposits have built up on bedrock, solid and immovable – absolute truth. On the opposite bank the levels are less regular and horizontal. The foundation on which they rest their considerable weight is cracked and volcanic, full of air bubbles, nearly weightless – relative truth.”
The author uses the cliff analogy to clearly articulate differences between foundational morality based on biblical truth and scientific analysis and the concept of being blown about by the winds of the moment, a form of relative “truth” that is really no truth at all.
I’ve spoken in recent days to both my husband and my special son about how God has blessed us with rational minds and has stated in several places in scripture the importance of using our minds, “taking our thoughts into captivity, into the obedience and knowledge of Christ”. Also, to my knowledge, there is no place within scripture where we are told to Follow our emotions. What a blessing, since emotions are so fleeting and malleable they represent a dangerous place from which to base one’s views of oneself, the world around us, issues of the day, or even to define our human (as well as spiritual) relationships.
Scripture is replete with examples of the heart crying out in pain, frustration, and confusion to God about myriad issues and injustices. Examine Psalms, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and even Proverbs to see many passages where human emotions are on full display. However none of these passages admonish us to use those emotions to define our biblical worldview.
Two scriptures related to the nature of emotions and their “proper” use come easily to my mind, both copied below from BibleGateway.com:
Ephesians 4:26 New International Version (NIV)
26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
- Ephesians 4:26 Psalm 4:4 (see Septuagint)
Ephesians 4:14-16 New International Version (NIV)
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves,and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 New International Version (NIV)
4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.