True Guilt & False Guilt
As human beings, we sometimes know something is true, but it doesn’t “feel” true. Or someone may say, “I know it in my head, but I don’t feel it in my heart.” There are many situations where emotions and logic work together, and there are times when they seem to be in opposition to each other. This paper is designed to give some thoughts on the logical and theological truths related to guilt as opposed to the emotion of guilt. For some this may seem like an unnecessary distinction, but it is quite important to consider what the Bible teaches about guilt and how that may or may not line up with the emotional experience of guilt.
This paper will primarily focus on outlining a theological framework of guilt. This will be done by acknowledging that the feeling of guilt is experienced by all people in a similar fashion and a variety of contexts. However, our standing before God, converted or unconverted, determines what guilt means for each of us.
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Self Esteem: What Does the Bible Say?
This booklet, created by ODB Ministries, addresses the biblical basis of Christ-centered self-worth and how to avoid the unbiblical and unhealthy extremes that people often believe on this issue.