How can God feel emotions like anger, rage, love when emotions arise due to brain activity and chemical reactions?

Isn’t God supposed to be outside of space and time?

16 Answers

  • You are made in His image.

  • You think too hard about this. Why does emotion have to be completely biological? It’s true that emotions are comprised of biology, but you don’t understand God when you ask this question.

    Every emotion has a spiritual side, wouldn’t you say? There’s some loves that you know are wrong, and there are some hates which you know are justified. That’s kind of reaching on the concept of how God has emotions. It’s more than that, and I don’t quite understand it fully to be talking at length about it, but why don’t you just consider that if God is all powerful, what kind of stupid question is this? If God created biology, and consider the notion that He’s also infinite, Aloph Null infinite, and then there’s subsets that go on further than that, into infinity, you’re question is limited to what’s in this world, and if God is not of this world, how can your understanding begin to explain God?


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  • You may allow yourself to be controlled by your emotions but civilized people seek to control their emotions.

  • How can a mere mortal comprehend what is spiritual and how they think, feel or see let alone how those senses work?

    The bible helps us to understand that we are made “in God’s image”, not the other way around. That is not a physical likeness, it is referring to the ability to reason and qualities that God possesses. While the bible record is silent on how this has come to be, it is not silent on the scores of fulfilled prophesy, scientific and historical accuracies that can give us confidence in what is written. It all comes down to having an informed faith, research and investigation so that each person can make his own personal decision on such matters but as for what is not written, it is all a matter of conjecture and mere speculation that no one can give evidence to support a viewpoint either way.

  • Wrong on 3 counts

    IF we have emotion, GOD must know them comopletely.

    TWO, if Jesus is True God and True Man then your explanation is irrelevant

    The Heart: An Analysis of Human and Divine Affectivity

    by Dietrich von Hildebrand

    Finally, you contradict yourself. EMOTION itself is outside time and place. Point to your anger! You can’t.

  • I believe you answered your own question. Maybe these emotions cause the brain activity rather than the other way around.

  • You have described how emotions arise in humans. You have not described how emotions arise in spirit beings.

  • Being “outside of space and time” does not preclude God from having an emotional makeup. It is almost easy to imagine God Who is the Creator of the 200 billion trillion stars of the known universe as being something like a machine – incomprehensible, perhaps indifferent. However, God created man – in His own image. And God is a Person. Many of the attributes of mankind’s emotional makeup are found as descriptions, even “names” of God: kindness, loving, graciousness, jealous, anger, wrath, mercy. While often mankind has a shortage of the kinder attributes, nevertheless, they are derived from when God created mankind – “in His image”.

  • Jesus, God the Son, humbled himself and became a mortal man…..other words became flesh and lived among us.

    Philippians 2:5-10

    Let Christ himself be your example as to what your attitude should be. For he, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to his prerogatives as God’s equal, but stripped himself of all privilege by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born as mortal man. And, having become man, he humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience, even to the extent of dying, and the death he died was the death of a common criminal.

    Hebrews 4:15

    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin.

    In addition, Jesus felt sorrow and sadness when he wept (John 11:35) over the City of Jerusalem because his people, Israel rejected him as their Messiah. In Luke 19:41–44 the Lord is taking His last trip to Jerusalem shortly before He was crucified at the insistence of His own people, the people He came to save. Earlier, the Lord had said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it” (Luke 13:34). As our Lord approached Jerusalem and thought of all those lost souls, “He saw the city and wept over it” (Luke 19:41). Jesus cried aloud in anguish over the future of the city. That future was less than 40 years distant; in AD 70 more than 1,000,000 residents of Jerusalem died in one of the most gruesome sieges in recorded history.

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