“Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings…”
The old 1960s song by Morris Albert had it partially right. Yes, feelings are basic to us as human beings, yet those same moods and emotions are fluid, changeable. And do not equal Truth!
I fear for my former profession, journalism, whose writers and editors today often operate on some absurd notion that feelings equal facts. The news is loaded with so much distortion, misdirection, editorialization and chicanery that we’re left searching for Truth.
In the search for Truth, look at it as a ladder. Each rung of the ladder is on firmer ground (less changeable) than the next. At the top of which is the Truth.
God equipped us with:
- Feelings and Emotions on the lower rung.
- Next, our Senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell on the next rung up.
- Next, Intellect.
All of these “equip-ings” are meant to lead us to and connect us with Truth, with Him.
One of the big problems today is people living totally by feelings. So much so that they believe feelings equal truth, that they are one in the same.
No, they don’t and they aren’t.
Feelings are so fluid they can change by the moment: I’m singing a love song until the driver in front of me cuts me off at the light; I love my job until my boss tosses a faulty work order at me; a person is thrilled with their health until the World Health Organization tells them they could die next week, and then fear terrorizes them.
Yes, feelings are the most fluid.
Next up the ladder are our senses. But these senses, too, are fluid. The second-most fluid, if you will. Have you noticed how food tastes different, less intense and delicious, as you age? That your sight is less clear, your hearing dulled? So, our senses lead us higher up the ladder, closer to Truth But not close enough.
Intellect is the next rung. With our brainpower we pursue education and enlightenment. Wisdom! The problem here is that once educated we think we know the Truth. But that, too, is fluid.
The simplest of things we think we know are found incorrect. Great scientists once declared the world was flat, that the earth was the center of the universe, that the other planets revolved around the little orb. Climatologists in the 1960s warned we were entering a new Ice Age, then decades later declared Global Warming was threatening the world, then the enemy became Climate Change because, well, the climate does indeed change and their other “facts” were proven wrong. Health experts told us coffee was good for us; then it was bad for us; and now it good for us. Yes? No?
So, feelings (though flawed,) plus senses (though fading), plus intellect (though incomplete) all take us higher in our search, closer to the Truth.
That final step? That essential connection?
You must be Born Again.
In that great chapter, John 3, of the New Testament, Jesus’ told Nicodemus — a highly educated, well-to-do Jewish teacher —he had been born of the flesh and now needed to be born of the Spirit.
That is, have a personal encounter with Jesus — the one God sent to save the world, to die for our sins. Jesus — the Way the Truth and the Life.
It’s a simple step. Devastating to your enemies but glorious to your future.
Then and only then will you reach the top of that ladder.