There are many Christians that deeply love Jesus. A good number of them have had some sort of amazing experience with God. They are filled with emotion toward the God who has saved them. All of this is good. There is nothing wrong with having an emotional faith. There is something wrong with having just an emotional faith.
I would like to share five reasons why Christians should have more than an emotional faith.
1. Human relationships have more than emotion.
People talk as if there is something great about having a purely emotional faith in God. But that is not what we value in human relationships. The emotion is great in the beginning but the couple soon begin to seek knowledge about each other. They want to know about each other’s experiences, likes, dislikes, family background and so on. Why wouldn’t we want more knowledge about the God we are in a relationship in?
2. The Bible tells us so.
Somewhere along the line, we have separated love for God and knowledge. People joke about seminaries as being “cemeteries” because as you learn more about God, you begin to love God less. The Bible has a different picture. Read what Paul says about knowledge in Ephesians 1:17-19, Philippians 1:9-11 and Colossians 1:9-11. This is no dry knowledge that withers away our relationship with God.
3. Faith dies without knowledge.
A new Christian is excited by the emotion they feel toward God. They are confident that nothing can diminish their love for God. But then critics and skeptics begin their attacks. Argument after argument begins to weaken their faith in God. Some walk away, some just become inactive Christians. What would have happened if they had a deeper knowledge of the faith?
4. Thinking is a means of worship.
Christians are called to worship with every part of our being. We should not just worship with our mouths as we sing songs. We should worship with our hands and feet as we help those in need. We should also worship with our minds as we reflect on the things of God. Why should we keep any part of us separate from our worship of God?
5. Knowledge deepens faith.
We should never swing to a purely intellectual faith. But there is something beautiful when people are able to balance both the rational and emotional sides of faith. Once people realize that there is no contradiction, Christian faith moves to a new level. The faith is no longer vulnerable to changes of mood, it is able to remain firm no matter what the life circumstances are.