In the introduction of God Believes in Love, Gene Robinson sets the stage of his book with a very emotion-filled story of his upbringing, his first marriage and divorce, and how he has gotten to where he is today. This analysis on Robinson’s book is strictly an analysis from a biblical standpoint, and to address his story would be beyond the scope of these writings. However, I will address the general concept of human feelings and emotions.
Let’s cast aside the topic of homosexuality for a moment. In later sections we will analyze homosexuality from a biblical standpoint, but for now I want to address only human emotions and feelings. In any situation, is it possible for someone to determine right and wrong by using their feelings or emotions? Is it possible to know if something is okay as long as it feels right? Should our emotions and feelings play a part in how we interpret Scripture? Consider the following:
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” – Proverbs 28:26 KJV
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” – Jeremiah 17:9 KJV
What happens if God’s Word says one thing, but your heart says another? Should we follow our heart? Can our heart lead us astray from truth? This is an important consideration to take into account when reading the Bible.
For example, think of how many people there are that read the Bible. If you asked each one their opinion of a certain verse, you would get several different answers. How can there be so many interpretations of Scripture? The truth is the text says what it says, but only with careful exegesis can we truly know what it means. Those who read Scripture must be aware of their presuppositions (i.e. their emotional and mental baggage) that they bring to the table. We must be careful to not inject into the text our own feelings, and therefore come away with a different meaning than the author’s intent.