Does God feel emotional pain?

After all, doesn’t it pain Him to see a soul go to Hell?

God feels no pain at all.

God doesn’t feel pain, and I don’t think He has emotions either. That said, it is against His will for us to choose ourselves over Him and to condemn ourselves to hell, so just because He isn’t pained by it, it certainly is not pleasing to Him.

For Him, all our Earth, our millennia old history and all our troubles are like a tiny fraction of second.

It says countless times that God loves us and wants us to be with Him. I think this does demonstrate that he feels emotions.

No. God isn’t a human.



And he also got angry and anger is an emotion and I am sure he feels sadness too.

Anthropomorhisms. They are mechanisms by which we try to express what we know and see of God. But since God is unchangeable he is not subject to such limited and transient human things like emotion.

Love is not an emotion, but an act of the will.

From the Modern Catholic Dictionary

To will good to someone. Also to please someone…

I guess we don’t have many Trinitarians here. :cool:

Depends which person of the godhead you are asking of…

Christ, the incarnate God certainly felt emotional and physical pain. God the Father and God the Holy Spirit do not.

You’re addressing another mystery, namely, the Hypostatic Union rather than the Trinity.

Yes Jesus as man has emotions. This is exclusive to his human nature. Now according to the communication of idioms, what can be said of Christ in one nature can be said of the person so in this, we can say God has emotions.

But the context of the OP doesn’t seem to suggest this is what is being talked about. God as God is immutable since, as St Thomas teaches, emotion is a movement of the appetite, emotion for God is impossible.

Except the hypostatic union defines the trinitariaism of our God. To separate the hypostatic nature of God is to deny the Trinity, which therefore denies the Very Nautre of God. When we fall prey to thought like that we are only as much Christian as Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses believe themselves to be.

G-d has infinite love for us and feels infinite sadness when we use our free will to make the wrong choices. So I do believe G-d feels pain in a spiritual sense. However, we must be careful not to anthropomorphize G-d’s feelings and thoughts, as the Bible tends to do so that we may understand them, by believing that G-d’s emotions are the same nature as those of us humans. Their very quality is different.

No, no. The Hypostatic Union, while related, is distinct from the mystery of the Trinity. The Hypostatic Union is the union of the two natures of Christ in a single Person, namely, the second Person of the Holy Trinity. There is no “hypostatic nature”. There is only the “hypostatic union”. It is with relation to the Hypostatic Union that the communication of idioms takes place, and this is where we distinguish where something applies to Christ (and to Christ only) in his human nature or his divine nature. What pertains specifically to one nature, while it can be communicated about the Person cannot be said of the other nature. Therefore, insofar as he did so in his human nature, when Jesus died, we can say God died (on the same basis, we call Mary Mother of God). Yet cannot say that Jesus, in his divine nature died, because in that nature, he could not die.

This is were we draw the distinction between the emotions of Christ the man and God the Son. As man, Christ does have emotions. As God, he does not because as God, he is Eternal, and as such, is not subject to movement.

The statement that the “hypostatic union defines the trinitarianism of God” makes no theological sense, since the Hypostatic Union is specific only to Christ.

I guess it doesn’t if you disregard the fact that the relationship between God the Father and God the Son is consubstantial, or the same single essence.

A union, whether Hypostatic or other, can not be applied to a single entity, or it is not a union at all, so theologically speaking, the Hypostatic Union is not specific only to Christ, but to the three persons of the godhead.

As an outside observer of Christianity, this statement doesn’t sound too kosher. Do you mean that G-d the Father is BOTH divine and human? And the Holy Spirit is ALSO human? Surely not.

The Hypostatic Union is the union of natures in a single Person, in this case the human and divine natures in the Second Person of the Trinity, since only the Second Person became incarnate. The other Persons did not become Incarnate, and so are not subject to the Hypostatic Union.

The Hypostatic Union is NOT the same as the three Persons sharing a single substance (i.e it is not a union of Persons in one Godhead). Your last statement, unfortunately, expresses an ancient heresy, namely, the heresy of Modalism, because it then reduces the Trinity to a single Person with three modes, the only logical conclusion if one assumes the Hypostatic Union applies to the three Persons.

Leave it to our Jewish friend to recognize a Christological error. Well done.:thumbsup:

But as another user pointed out He feels anger. That is an emotion.

And the answer remains the same. It’s an anthropomorphism, that is, expressing what we can observe of God in limited human terms. God cannot get angry, unless he is somehow infinite anger. But he cannot be not angry at one moment, angry the next, then not angry the following. That’s change, that’s movement, and with God, change is impossible.

God has revealed himself as Love, not anger.

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