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(RNS) A new experiential research study -- conducted by a smartphone app -- lets people monitor their spiritual state of mind.


  1. Monitoring emotions, feelings, ups and downs is fine. It is not spirituality in the biblical sense. Jesus Christ Himself was in the center of God’s will as He cried out, in agony and with a death rattle, “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?” Was it a human cry of anguish? Afterall, the weight of all sin of all mankind was placed upon Him. I prefer to believe He was doing what He often did — quote Scripture. In this case, Psalm 22 . . .

    Ps 22:1-3
    1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    (Jesus cried this aloud, and then He recites the rest to Himself . . . )
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from the words of my groaning?
    2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, and am not silent.
    3 Yet . . . (and then Jesus turns to praise) you are enthroned as the Holy One;

    The psalm praises God for what He is doing, and how Jesus has fulfilled all this (it really is worth reading), and finally ends (verse 31) . . .

    31 They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn (that’s us) —
    (and then with His last breath, He finishes the psalm)
    for he . . . has . . . done it.”

    Or as we have it in the translated Aramaic: “It is finished!”
    And He died.

    The point is that Jesus was not having a holly-jolly day. He wasn’t upbeat, things going his way, la-la. His body dying, His emotions raw, His psyche savaged by rough wood and unforgiving nails. And yet, the Son of God was at a spiritual peak, the beginning of the greatest spiritual explosion in the history of the world: the resurrection.

    Human emotion and godly spirituality live at two different places. “Happy” is qualitatively different than “blessed.” The wise seek Him, the shallow, the happiness He gives. The wise find Him and blessedness beyond human emotion. The shallow can find happiness in any number of (false) agents . . . for a time. Spiritual blessedness is the kind of state that can, with full-hearted conviction, quote a favorite Psalm even when dying.

    But It cannot be measured scientifically.

    • “emotion and godly spirit live at two different places”

      Nonsense. What is this silliness?
      Religion seems to give people permission to make up any sort of nonsense they want and spew it out as a true claim!

      It is Shameful to preach such claims.

  1. […] New 'SoulPulse' app lets users monitor their spirituality in real time Twice a day for two weeks, participants receive questions asking about their experiences of spirituality, their emotions, activities and more at the moment the text messages arrive. Were they feeling satisfied, loved, happy, hostile, sleepy or stressed … Read more on Religion News Service […]

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