Does God Have Emotions?

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

A young boy and his father after church

Elijah: Reverend May said God brought that flood last week because He was mad about how Americans are voting. Why would God get mad if he already knew that was what people were going to do?

Frank: What does knowing the future have to do with getting mad?

Elijah: If I knew a tree would break if there was a big wind, I wouldn’t be mad at the tree if it broke during a storm. I wouldn’t even be surprised. I’d just see that I was right.

Frank: God isn’t like you and people aren’t like trees. God is like a dad being mad at his son when the son disappoints him. He can still be mad at the son’s behavior even if he knew ahead of time that his son was going to do the wrong thing.

Elijah: But how can God be disappointed in someone? To disappoint someone, don’t you have to do something they are hoping you won’t do? God already knows what people will do so He couldn’t hope they’d do otherwise, could he?

Frank: God doesn’t really get mad or disappointed or jealous in the human sense. We just use those words to try and relate to God and understand what He wants from us. Sometimes, though, things don’t turn out the way that God wishes they would and He reacts appropriately. I can make a cake and wish it would never go bad, but I know that someday it will. When it does, a part of me will be sad that I couldn’t make a cake that wouldn’t go bad.

Elijah: Why would God wish anything? Can’t He just make things the way He wants them?

Frank: Got can’t make incorruptible people because that would be denying them free will. God would love it if people never made bad choices, but we do and when we do it makes Him mad.

Elijah: Does God know for sure that the flood will make people vote better next time?

Frank: He would like it to.

Elijah: But he knew whether or not it would even before he sent the flood, didn’t he? If it wouldn’t work, why didn’t he just not do it?

Frank: God has to teach people lessons. He can’t force us to listen, but he still has to try and teach us.

Elijah: I’d still rather there wasn’t a flood.

Frank: I’m sure God wishes we hadn’t made him send it, too.


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Posted on March 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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