Romans 10: 9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
In Romans 10: 9, the statement is made, “believe in thine heart.” That is a scriptural requirement of one’s emotional self. The Bible indicates the heart is the seat of emotion. We know, most of us first hand, certain, strong, stressful experiences, speed up one’s heart.
I can feel my heart within my chest when I hear the National Anthem sung or played. To hear “How Great Thou Art” generates an actual physical sensation in my body. It’s like a swelling or strengthening from within.
As we consider varying stimuli and their effects upon the heart, we presume to connect the two. Such external actions, conditions, and situations such as heat, fear, pride, vision, physical exercise, imagination and a plethora of other circumstances are well known to change heart rate.
For years we’ve been told the heart has nothing to do with emotions. It was only a misunderstanding of the Bible writers of what the heart really is. It is simply a muscle that will beat over two billion times and pump enough blood to fill a super tanker in a normal lifetime. I absolutely reject that assumption!
I am convinced sometime, perhaps in the near future, scientists will conclude from research, the heart really is the seat of human emotions. The Bible has been scientifically proven right, over and over and over again. Why would it be wrong about this?
The heart has been used as the symbol for St. Valentine’s Day for decades. Someone definitely noticed the significant connection of the heart to the love concept.
I once heard an old preacher say, “Where two or three are gathered together, there will be problems.” His statement was based on forty years of experience of pastoring churches.
I will not name the denomination or person in order to protect the guilty. However, I’m thinking the sign in the front yard of the church may not matter. This generalized statement probably applies to most all churches and organizations.
I was recently watching an old western movie. The sheriff and his deputy were out in the scrub brush desert. It was night time. A campfire provided the only light for their conversation. They were in pursuit of an outlaw and the older sheriff was cautioning the younger deputy.
Essentially, the sheriff’s words were, “Don’t let your feelings and other emotions distract from your common sense; feelings will get you killed.”
I may finish watching that movie sometime; it came under my philosophy of movies, ball games, lectures and even a few sermons. All I need are the first five minutes and the last five minutes (sometimes two minutes).
I wonder how much of the prison population is there because their emotions took over their minds and their better judgement was dominated by their feelings. In such a case a few emotional seconds cost them years of their lives.
A stock broker once told me, “If you’re an emotional person, do not play the stock market. Emotions have lost more money than any depression.”
Emotions play a part in our lives that are many times not recognized. Our marriages, friendships, personal preferences in brands, colors, or taste; even our vanities are determined by emotions.
My house is nothing fancy or elaborate, but I do keep the grass cut and the painted parts painted. It’s just a house but I want it to look neat and clean. That’s emotional; no one else cares but me and I’m the one that has to look at it. Feelings manifest themselves every single day of our lives.
It’s nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about; it’s part of being human. Emotions, as natural as they are, exist in all of us, and fight them as we may, we usually fail.
Romans 10: 9, “If thou shall confess the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart, God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” The Apostle Paul in writing this didn’t even hint at believing in one’s mind or brain. All those fifteen billion brain cells that are capable of storing facts and information are, in this case, totally useless.
All of the conventional wisdom associated with learning and/or the accumulation of facts and knowledge, Biblically speaking, is rendered inconsequential. Is to “believe in thine heart,” equivalent to “believe in thine brain?” Absolutely not!
Ephesians 2: 8, “by grace are ye saved through faith.” Faith is an emotion. Faith is believing in something one cannot prove. However, Hebrews 11: 1 states “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I’m really curious about the words “substance” and “evidence,” in this case.
God can create a universe by His spoken word. Can we generate a substance (that which has mass and occupies space; matter), by our faith? Perhaps the substance” in Hebrews 11: 1 is in the form of our actions (tithing, witnessing, study/prayer time etc.). James 2: 17 may lend further explanation to this subject, “Faith, if it hath not works is dead.”
Evidence is a step short of verifiable, but powerful and influential none the less. We have not seen God face to face, but the evidence of His existence is overwhelming. Accumulated and compiled evidence in a court of law is sufficient to make a case.
My question to the skeptical non-believer: What if Christianity is right and you’re wrong? The eternal consequence is not worth the quality of being skeptical.
My final statement to the non-believer (atheists, agnostic, evolutionist or nothing) is, examine the evidence and be fair and reasonable in deciding what you believe. It’s acceptable and appropriate to let your emotions get into this. Christ Jesus crucified for the remission of sin and resurrected; “believe in thine heart!”