It was said recently that all feelings are irrational. Feelings are neither right or wrong, they just are. We all have them and so we all suffer from irrational behavior. We behave and act as we are, human.
You probably have heard the good advise being given to someone recently suffering from a loss, "do nothing now, if you can help it." Things look very different beyond the period of grief. Changes made at this time, may be irrational and regrettable. The tears shed during this time, are natural and necessary to acknowledge your loss, and after a given time, will subside. If not, treatment may be required. Our human response is not the way we should be, but is a byproduct of our brokenness due to the fall. Emotions are a predisposition and genetically inherited condition. Someday, we will be changed, and every tear will be wiped away."
I recall, many years ago, when my eldest son was eleven months old, and having become ill with a high fever and a yellowed skin, I brought him to the hospital for an examination. Being the weekend, I got an attending physician. He didn't know what was wrong, and they would run some tests, after admitting him. I was a wreck, highly emotional and "totally irrational" at the moment, and when asked simple questions, I froze, unable to answer. That is why emotions are not to be trusted. The doctor told me, that even though the baby had not gone out of the house, he contracted Roseola, infant measles. I may have been a carrier, exposed while grocery shopping.
Jesus wept. This was to show his true state of humanity. Weeping for someone else brings out your pain. Pain is a product of our fallen condition here on earth. Jesus used this experience to show us His glory, and as He prayed to His Father, His friend Lazarus was raised to life. It is totally irrational that any of us should die, it was not supposed to be like this, and was not, prior to the lost of relationship between God and man.
Why was Lazarus raised? I think one of the reasons was to show how much God loves each and every one of us. It was a foretaste of the Resurrection of Christ, and what we also will experience some day. Love is an emotion that can cause us to behave irrationally. Words like walking on a cloud, floating on air, and the like, express the giddiness's of falling hopelessly in love. These signs and more, which initially manifest, have the tendency of curtailing with time. The irrational motion is not to be confused with Love which is not self centered, must dwell in a relationship that shares all hopes and dreams, and secrets, which exists to please the other. God is Love. A Love that endures all things, forever. That Love died for us. Love is the only thing we will take with us, and that will remain, (love never dies). God is love and we were created in His image and likeness, having the capacity and freedom to decide to Love God and have love for each other. Love which is not emotional, demands that we "do unto other's" finding God's presence in each and every one of our brothers.
And to love, is the only rational reason for our existance that I know of.
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