Can Humans “Feel” God?

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 11.11.11 AMBecause the English language is so robust and ambiguous, there is a lot of room for error when trying to understand a person’s viewpoint. Not only are definitions hard to pin down, but application becomes complicated as well.

It is possible I don’t fully grasp Jillette’s concept of “thinking” and “feeling,” but to me they cannot be entirely separated. Greater minds than my own have wrestled with the concept of objective truth, but I honestly do not know how I can ignore the importance of emotion and feeling when it comes to God. My concept of Christianity is that it is based on relationships and not exclusively on reason. It is not sound logic to compare Manson having a “feeling” to harm someone and myself having a “feeling” there is a higher power. I call BS (bologna sausage) on Jillette for dismissing tolerant/liberal Christians as condescending. Some things in life are subjective simply because we are unable to “know” everything. I recognize, just believing something does not make it true, but nor does saying something is objective without knowing all the facts. Truth does not change, but our understanding will be in a constant state of flux until we know EVERYTHING.

For now, I will continue to reconcile my understanding of God with logic and emotion, through the use of my five senses, my heart, and my brain. I like what Søren Kierkegaard said about God, “If you want to love me, then love the people you see; what you do for them, you do for me. If you want to show that your life is intended to serve God, then let it serve people, yet continually with the thought of God.”

Regardless of what each individual believes, if it produces “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance,” then why would I want them to change?


  1. Anonymous says:

    Jillette is challenging people to think. If you asked me if I have any evidence to why I think Bigfoot is real and I told you” I don’t but I feel that he is” would you call BS on that?