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Some almost rebel against the need for study and evidence in religion.
They view faith as a "leap in the dark" based on feelings.
" It makes good entertainment, but many people who try it in real life have lived to regret it.
* Young people "feel sure" they are in love, so they marry on impulse, then regret it for the rest of their lives.
The result is that beliefs are accepted on the basis of feelings, not evidence.
People may accept a doctrine because "my dear mother (or other loved one) believed this, and I just can't believe she is lost." Or some programs and organizations make emotional appeals for money to help needy people or to save lost souls, despite the fact the program or organization itself may be corrupt or unscriptural. Can we be sure we are right religiously just because we feel right, or because we prayed and had an emotional experience?
Emotions can be confusing, uncertain, even dangerous.
The purpose of this study is to consider the role emotions have in religion and to consider some ways that emotions cloud people's thinking in religion.
Revelation - Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
They may tell how they prayed to know what was right or had an experience that gave them peace and assurance that they were right.
There is not a nickel's worth of difference in their stories that would convince you which one believes the truth.
All of us know instances where feelings have led to serious mistakes.
Movies, books, and songs urge people to "follow your heart." The Star Wars characters said, "Reach out with your feelings," and "What do your feelings tell you?