Started with my sarcastic remarks related to the pop-culture slogan "follow your heart".
I jokingly said:
I think maybe that's the main message of the Bible, isn't it? Wink
(Tension building...insides boiling...can't... hold it in...any longer...)
I am uncontrollably compelled to add that the above is NOT the main message of the Bible, in case you have randomly stumbled upon this thread without any knowledge of my official stance on such matters. In fact, following your heart should be considered among the worst personal philosophies in the history of humankind.
Whew... Okay, I feel better.
Then cleireac chimed in and added:
I'm thinking, Paeter, that leaning too much on the heart or the head can get us in trouble, and I believe the Biblical position is one of balance; we need to use our head to guard our hearts, but sometimes we care called to do things and love people that reason would question heartily.
Just my part in this continuing threadjack.
Some good thoughts! So I thought I'd bring the topic here and see what you guys think.
My position is that the heart MUST be involved heavily in the Christian life. It has a hugely important role. But the point that concerns me is when people believe they should follow their heart above all else.
The heart is a wonderful thing to follow, when molded and shaped by truth. But if we let our hearts shape our view of truth, that's when we run into problems.
Regarding cleireac's point about doing things and loving people that reason would question heartily, I'd agree with the spirit of that comment, but I'd construct it differently.
Personally, I've never had loving someone conflict with my sense of reason. Although I HAVE said to myself, "You're insane if you think loving this person won't bring you pain and trouble." In other words, I can find way's to tell myself that loving someone or radical obedience to God in something is "unreasonable". But the truth is, that's my "heart"(feelings)talking, not my "head"(logic/reason).
So the real challenge is how to tell the difference between heart and head. (And truth be told, the Bible doesn't make much distinction, as in the Old Testament it was the liver, not the heart, that served as the seat of emotions. The heart was the overall "inner being" of a person.)
So really, it's not so much that I think we should all follow our heads, worshiping logic and throwing emotions to the wind. It's that I think we should follow truth, especially (though not exclusively) as revealed in scripture. And understanding scripture properly, I think, needs us to prioritize use of the logical mind. As we understand scripture, our hearts are changed leading us to obey. Which leads to more understanding of scripture. A snowballing cycle that i think grows our faith and engages us in life the way God desires.
So what are YOUR thoughts, everybody? What is the role of the thinking mind? What is the role of the feeling heart? How do we tell the difference when we're wrestling through a logically complex AND emotionally raw problem?