Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Doctrine of Emotions. Part 1.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
ROM 9:1 “I am communicating doctrine in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,”
The Emotions of the Soul.
Point 1. Definition and Description.
a. Emotion, sometimes called feelings, is a part of the essence of the soul.
The soul resides in the brain and a part of the brain is called the thalamus, which many believe is where the emotions are located, and it is a non-thinking part of the brain.
MAT 22:37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,”
Emotion responds or reacts to whatever thoughts are in the soul.
Normally the emotion is to be dominated by the right lobe of the soul, basically by the mentality.
Abnormally the emotion rules the mentality; this is when neurosis and psychosis sets in.
Emotion has two functions in life as a part of the soul: a normal and an abnormal function.
The emotions of the soul are designed to respond to what is in the mentality of the soul.
The other parts of the soul include self-consciousness, volition, and the two frontal lobes, the mind and the heart.
Emotion is the female part of the soul and is to respond to the right lobe or the heart, which is the male part.
Category two love, right man, right woman, is taught in the Bible to illustrate the relationship between the emotion and the right lobe.
The right lobe possesses a frame of reference which is designed for thought, the memory center, vocabulary and categorical storage, the conscience, the momentum department, the wisdom department, and the subconscious.
Inside the right lobe of the soul is everything that should dominate emotion so that emotion can become what it was designed to be by God, an appreciator of things.
Koilia, the Greek word for the emotions, means something that is empty or hollow.
Her koilia - “womb” = her emotional response
Emotion is something empty and a part of you waiting to respond, not react.
Emotions contain no doctrine, no thought, no common sense, and no ability to reason.
The emotions are the appreciator of the soul.
By function, the emotions were designed to respond to the right lobe.
It is like an empty bag lined with sensitivity.
Emotion is not designed to assume authority over the soul, but is designed to be dominated by the right lobe.
Capacity for life is related to the right lobe, thought, not the emotions.
English words used in especially the King James Bible to describe the emotions include: bowels, belly, and reins.
GEN 43:30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
1KI 3:26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son,
PHI 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. - KJV
Anatomy in the languages of the ancient world always doubled for the functions of the soul, because they did not have in ancient languages a psychological vocabulary.
Only in the right lobe, the kardia, exists the frame of reference, memory center, viewpoint, norms and standards, and doctrine.
Emotions are stimuli for action, and therefore must be regarded as a form of human energy.
Divine power and human power are mutually exclusive. It is like oil and water or gas and sugar. You cannot mix human ability, human talent, or human emotion with the power of God.
The omnipotence of God is the spiritual energy for the spiritual life that God has provided for you to live in.
HEB 12:3 Be concentrating on Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
Most systems found in Christianity today are related to some system of human improvement and emotional stimulation rather than the omnipotence of God.
God the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine is the only energy whereby we are able to live a life glorifying the Lord.
GAL 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
If we are not led by the Spirit or filled with the Spirit we are functioning under a form of human power and energy, either emotion or arrogance.