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A New York Times Book Review article by Leszek Kolakowski states that it's impossible for God to be happy, because He is Spirit.
Theologicans have historically "reverenced" God out of human experience, theorizing that the Supreme Being, whom Jesus spoke of tenderly as Father, is a numb lump of Divine Energy, a Vague Faceless Deity, with no personality or feelings.
The Bible is loaded with references to "the joy of the Lord", "rejoice in the Lord", "the pleasure of His will", and "that My joy might remain in you".
Only the dry and dusty old tomes of morose scholastic theologians claim that God is so "exalted", He cannot have any feelings.
They have abstractly "reverenced" God right out of human experience, setting Him on some distant, remote level that He is insensate, completely without empathy, "un-knowable", residing in an aloof ivory tower of cosmic elitism.
The Bible states that God has a wide range of emotions, from anger at the oppression of the poor, and sorrow at the unbelief of lost souls, to delight in those who trust Him. Praise God!
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How can you connect with God, on an intimate level, if you think He has no feelings?
"God is Spirit", Jesus said. When theologians add, "...and a Spirit has no emotions like humans do." they are merely speculating.
Theologians invent pseudo-scholarly terms like "divine impassibility" to refer to the alleged impossibility of God to feel pain or pleasure.
Is the theology of an insensitive, emotionless God a hoax to enable theologians to go off on cold, dry tangents and complexities?
We base our understanding of God, not on theologians, but on God's Word, the Bible.
In the Old Testament, we read about God's wrath, remorse, and tender love for His people and for all sentient creatures.
Jesus, the perfect picture of God in the flesh, was troubled in spirit, went ballistic on the money changers, and even was seen crying a few times.
It's clear that God does have something similar to human emotions, not based on sin or imperfection like many of ours are, but based on His nature as God.
Discover how the emotional qualities of God -- and how this reality brings us closer to Him.
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