Quoting Quiverfull: Love is Not an Emotion?

Quoting Quiverfull: Love is Not an Emotion? May 21, 2014

from John Hagee of John Hagee Ministries

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Joy

    Bullsh!t. We do things like comfort the sick, visit those in prison, or help the poor because we have felt the emotion of love FIRST. It is love that inspires us to do those actions.

  • Trollface McGee

    Jesus also didn’t say “when you were hungry, I called you a welfare mooch and told you to piss off,” or “when you were naked, I called you a slut,” or “when you were in prison I yelled for your human rights to be taken away and for you to be executed.” John Hagee, on the other hand has said all these and much more.

  • Love is not only an emotion, it is the greatest emotion.

    From a Christian perspective, at least. If you know nothing else, but you know Love, you understand the heart of God. If you have nothing else, but you have Love, you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

    If you do not know love, you will never understand God. If you do not have love, your soul is in great peril indeed.

  • Nea

    Wrong. It is entirely possible to clothe, feed, even comfort people you are neutral to or even dislike; does Hagee think that every doctor, nurse, advocate, care person, EMT, etc. feels love for 100% of their charges?

    He himself is certainly quick to resent those in need for their demands on their share of social services. Or is this his way of hoping he won’t be graded on actual emotion as long as he provides, however grudgingly?

  • CrazyDogLady

    This hits a sore spot for me. I was raised on “love is not an emotion” and “love is what you do, not what you feel.” It sounded right. I was even told that God only commands us to love people, not to like them. But I have struggled a lot in relationships with people and with God over this issue. I get it that feelings with no actions are not good. But I can’t be the only one who can feel it instantly when someone doesn’t like me but thinks they are obligated to “love” me. (Every Sunday and Wednesday in church.) Although I am sure it’s sincere in intent, it feels like fakery. And I hate it. I. Hate. It. It hurts me so much that I don’t ever want someone else to feel that way because of me. I am struggling to figure out how to love people and like them, and how that should play out in my behavior.

  • One: stop cribbing off of Madeline L’engle, Dude. She was a much better writer and a much better PERSON than you are. (See: the pick-the-real Mr. Jinkens scene in A Wind In The Door)

    Two: Love is not an action either, you utter effing moron. If it were, then you wouldn’t be freaking out over porn and romance novels the way you do. And I agree with all the other posters here. If love really were an action everybody everywhere would utterly fail. And it’s really ironic that THIS idiot would say THOSE things about love, seeing as how that’s basically ALL HE EVER DOES for people who actually need him.

  • Fledgeling Feminist

    False dichotomy

  • stairway to heaven

    The “fake” love you experience is part of the formula those sort of ”Christians” believe in. God’s grace comes into our lives when we are authentic and love flows from the nature of who we are. The lack of real acceptance (by those sort of people) is what makes it feel fake.

  • Nightshade

    If he had said ‘Love is more than just an emotion’ I would have agreed. I don’t think an emotion that feels like love is much use if it doesn’t lead to action, but the feeling is the basic ingredient that needs to be there to motivate action. Trying to separate the two is useless, and not necessary.

  • Jewel

    And….it’s exactly this belief that led me into a very dysfunctional marriage without even love to hold us together.