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Does God Have Emotions

Does God feel pain, emotions and guilt? Or is God Spirit who has no emotions, no pain, no real repentance? If you are going to get mad, do not answer the question. Give Scripture so that others can check.

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God will kill you. God's patience is infinite in depth, it is not eternal in duration.....the time for judgment would soon come....God sits enthroned above the circle of the earth and views its inhabitants as grasshoppers. He brings the great men of the world to nothing. They are scarcely planted until He removes them. God is creator of all men, howevr, He is only the Father to believers....God is never presented as some mere abstract concept or impersonal force or power, rather He is the all-glorious God who knows, wills, plans, speaks, loves, becomes angry, asks questions, gives commands, listens to praise and prayers, and interacts with His creatures.
---catherine on 8/31/10


I believe the best response to your question is that God has no flesh to get in the way as we do,its the flesh that causes all our issues,whether we know it or not.
---tom2 on 8/29/10


Miche...Agape love is unconditional love. It means that there is nothing you can do or say that will keep me from loving you.
The same with God. There is nothing you/me can do or say that will cause God to love us any less or any more than He loves us now.
---JIM on 7/30/10


Amen Jim!

What I meant was that it is the kind of love where it is not some chemicals in our head or heart. It is the kind of love that is a choice.
Love that is there no matter what we do or don't do, it is still there.
So Amen, Jim again, Amen!!!
---miche3754 on 7/31/10


Eloy, very good answer. God is perfect. No question about that. Repent does have different meanings in Scripture just as so many other words do. A good study into the words within the context help us understand the passages better.
---MarkV. on 7/31/10


Miche...Agape love is unconditional love. It means that there is nothing you can do or say that will keep me from loving you.
The same with God. There is nothing you/me can do or say that will cause God to love us any less or any more than He loves us now.
---JIM on 7/30/10




MarkV, The English word "repent" is mistranslated in some places in many English Bibles. God is perfect, therefore he cannot feel guilty, neither is there reason for the innocent to repent. lit.Hb: "God not human to be a liar, nor produced of man, that he should repent: has he said, and will he not do? and spoken, and will he not make it good?" Nm.23:19
---Eloy on 7/30/10


"Yes", God has emotions. Just two examples: Love is an emotion:

John 3:16 (NASB) "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life...."

Hate is also an emotion: (KJV)

Revelation 2:6
"But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate."
---wivv on 7/29/10


Eloy, great answers. What I was looking for was though, whether the Godhead feels emotions are guilt, pain, are repentance. I should have made that clear. Of course Jesus felt pain, and so many other feelings that humans feel, after all, He was just like anyone of us.

Sag, you gave, "Before the Great Flood, at the time of Noah's Ark, God was unhappy that he had made people. Genesis 6:6-7"
When the Scriptures speak of God repenting, for instance, no one with proper ideas of God understands it to mean that He sees He has pursued a wrong course and changes His mind. For He is perfect and never makes mistakes. It simply means that His action as seen from the human view-point appears to be as that of a man who repents.
---MarkV. on 7/29/10


Yes Kath,

Not only does it show we are not robots BUT-
It shows that Gods asks- giving us a choice
It shows that God changes his mind too.
Let's remember that God changing his mind does not mean he changes his nature.
His nature is LOVE. And that is why God gives us a choice. He loves us and he wants us to love him back by choice.

Isn't that what AGAPE means?
To choose to love?

Ladies and gents, these are great scripture you are supplying for us. Keep them coming so that we may all find the deeper things of God and help bring new souls into his kingdom by the spreading of his Good News!
---miche3754 on 7/27/10


Marks 3:5," And when he had looked round about on them with ANGER, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other." Seems to answer this question very well. For anger is certainly an emotion.
---mima on 7/27/10

It also answers the question...ARE WE ROBOTS!!

If we have been pre-programmed to do EXACTLY as God pre-programmed us to be and do...why would God show any EMOTIONS in the first place!

If I am playing with my paper dolls or toy shoulders do I get angry with WHO, MYSELF if I'm the one who wrote the script?? Would that make me then a SOVEREIGN WING NUT/NUT CASE??? YEP!!
---kathr4453 on 7/27/10




Marks 3:5," And when he had looked round about on them with ANGER, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other." Seems to answer this question very well. For anger is certainly an emotion.
---mima on 7/27/10


The last paragraph of my last post should have read:
"Gen 6.6 shows God repenting ... but it's more in the way of changing His mind, for our sakes, and not repenting because of guilt".
---alan8566_of_uk on 7/27/10


"Does God feel pain, emotions and guilt?" He has. Vicariously through His Son.
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin." Hbr 4:15
Although I doubt if Jesus personally felt or feels a sense of guilt, I know that He understands that feeling, [as man has or does experience it], through the indwelling presence of His Spirit in those who love Him, and keeps His words in mind. For as He has said, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." Jhn 14:23
---Josef on 7/27/10


Why should anyone get mad?

I beleive that God feels pain ... indeed He must do so, since Jesus shared our pain ... no, more than that, He carried on our behalf the greatest pain possible, both physical and spiritual.

And the Bible says there is joy in heaven when a sinner repents, so God knows joy.

Yes God is a jealous God, but not in the way that we are personally jealous of individuals. It's a different use of the word

And yes, He feels anger, (and perhaps frustration?) when we disobey.

As to guilt, no, He has nn reason to feel guilty.

Gen 6.6 shows God repenting ... but it's more in the way of changing His mind, for our sakes, and repenting because of guilt.
---alan8566_of_uk on 7/26/10


I have to say MarkV, this is a very good question to study upon and I look forward to the answers many will give from scripture!
---miche3754 on 7/26/10


Mike, that was some great scripture, brother!

I also like the Book of Jonas.

It shows God having emotions(?)
That is the only way I know how to put it since he is God and I am just his child seeking HIS knowledge.
---miche3754 on 7/26/10


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Pierre....Love is a choice...not an emotion.
---JIM on 7/26/10


The Biblr tells us that GOD IS LOVE! LOVE is an emotion.(!?)
The Bible also talks about THE WRATH of God.
This implies that He sometimes gets angry.
Then the Bible talks about God sensing REGRET having to deal with corrupt people to the point of bringing on the flood. And finally, the Bible tells us that
God is a jealous God! JEALOUSY is also an emotion.
---Pierre on 7/25/10


God has emotions. In fact, we have emotions because we were created in his image or likeness (like Him, in other words). Even jealousy was first an attribute of God involving emotion.
It is no wonder that we are to be molded more and more after His image considering we need to learn reasonable use of our emotions. Our flesh will cause us to react negatively with emotions and we will be molded more after the image of satan. We do not want this.
---chria4685 on 7/25/10


Absolutely, God has emotions, perhaps not as we know them with the physiological responses.

Num 22:22 "But God was ANGRY because he was going, and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him"

1 Cor 1:21 "For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was WELL-PLEASED through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe"

Is 54:6 "For the LORD has called you,Like a wife FORSAKEN and GRIEVED in spirit, Even like a wife of one's youth when she is rejected, Says your God"
---Mark_Eaton on 7/23/10


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"And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed in world, elevated up with glory. He took of us whatever ailments, and bore whatever diseases. Surely he has borne our infirmities, and carried our pains: He was wounded for our wrongs, he was crushed for our sin: the payment for our peace upon him, and that him impaled we are healed. Who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, by whose livid wounding you were healed. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted likewise, without sinning." I Tm.3:16+ Mt.8:17+ Is.53:4,5+ I Pt.2:24+ Hb.4:15
---Eloy on 7/23/10


God does indeed feel our pain and emotions, but he doesn't feel guilty about anything.

1) He looks down at the wicked and laughs, for He sees their day is coming.

2) He gathers everyteardrop.

3) He heals the brokenhearted. His heart feels the pain of a brokenhearted person, thus He heals the brokenhearted.

4) When Jesus was on the cross, Isaish tells us "for a brief moment I forsook you" because God couldn't look upon the sins of the world that His own Son was being crucified for.

5) Read the book of Ezekiel and then you tell us if God has emotions. He's pretty angry in that book.

God does not need to repent for anything, God is without sin.
---anon on 7/22/10


God does have emotions. The Bible says He can be grieved (Holy Spirit), and that He gets angry, and jealous.
---Leslie on 7/22/10


Made in his image and after his likeness.

All but the sin.

I dont believe anyone would say that crying is a sin.
---JackB on 7/22/10


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Yes God does have emotions and he does feel pain, although I cannot imagine the Holy and righteous God has anything to feel guilt over. He made us in his image and we have emotions that are not all made up of sin, so therefore I find it hard to imagine that God does not have emotions.
---Amanda on 7/21/10


mark,the bible clearly states that God is love,an emotion?also it says it grieved God that he created man,so he caused a great flood.true God is spirit,but he made us with emotions,and we are made in his image. Also God gets angry.I believe the difference is God is all that is good,and righteous God,unlike us is in control of himself and his creation.
---tom2 on 7/21/10


1 ....You shall have no other gods before Me.

2 You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth, you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations....TenCommandments

Jealous---fearful or wary of being supplanted, apprehensive of losing affection or position, resentful or bitter in rivalry, envious, intolerant of disloyalty.

Clearly jeolousy is an emotion, and god admits to having that emotion. Seems quite obvious...Read your bible!
---atheist on 7/21/10


We know YHWH has "Love & Hate" and many emotions not specifically stated in scripture,


But Gods capacity is so far above humans it would be like comparing a human to an amoeba.

Comparing God to a human would be many order of magnitude above that it would not be mathematically measurable.
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What does God have to feel guilty about or repent for?

And where did you get the idea that the Holy Spirit has no emotions?

"Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you are sealed until the day of redemption."
---Cluny on 7/21/10


Yes, God does have emotions. It is just that God is a "spiritual" being, instead of the "human" being that people are. Thus, God's emotions are expressed differently.

Before the Great Flood, at the time of Noah's Ark, God was unhappy that he had made people. Genesis 6:6-7

Through Moses, God spoke to Pharoah about his unhappiness with their treatment of the Israelites and asked for their release. Exodus 4-12

In spite of our sin, God had compassion on us. He sent his only son Jesus to save us. John 3:16

Any many more examples in the Bible. Too many to list in this short blog.

Not sure WHY anyone would get mad answering your question. God is still GOD THE FATHER!
---Sag on 7/21/10


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