The goal of many today is to make everyone feel good. There are many avenues to take in accomplishing this.
Don’t give low grades to students because it will make them feel inferior. Brag on children even when constructive advice is need, because you don’t want their self-esteem to suffer.
Withhold discipline since it is discouraging. Understand that lawbreakers are the result of society’s blunders and don’t deserve punishment. Give undeserved praise for doing nothing, even if it puts the damper on creativity. Put the blame for wrong on anyone else except the one who commits the offense.
Of course, this intrudes into spiritual matters, also. It’s unpopular to preach against sin, because someone is going to be uncomfortable. It’s OK to believe a lie, because “it makes me feel good.”
Even a popular song a few years ago echoed this sentiment with the line saying, “How can it be so wrong, when it feels so right?”
A feel-good only religion is dangerous because it is temporary. You might get a high singing an up-beat song, clapping your hands and tapping your feet, but if it’s not an outpouring of the Spirit, it’s just emotion. And that doesn’t carry you through life. What makes you feel good one day may be a letdown the next.
The Pharisees felt good because they religiously kept the law, but they failed to recognize the Messiah when He came. Jesus said in Matthew 5:20 (KJV): “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
And in Romans 10:3 (KJV), Paul said, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
A person can be living under condemnation of sin, but if he searches long enough, he’ll find somebody who will tell him “That’s OK,” making him feel good. Sometimes, a person’s giving to churches or charity creates that “feel-good high,” causing him to rejoice in his own goodness. Don’t be fooled. Satan will always offer deception to make a person “feel good.” But there is a price to pay.
That’s not to say true religion doesn’t make a person feel good. Believing in Christ gives a lasting joy and the joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah told the people who were working on rebuilding the wall (Nehemiah 8:10 KJV), “Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Paul continued, talking about true righteousness in Romans 10:4 (KJV): “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
Isn’t it wonderful to experience the real thing? Why be satisfied with temporary highs when we can know God in such a personal way that His joy will carry us through whatever life dishes out. Only what is grounded in His Word will give us that “feel-good” we get from trusting Him and what we need in order to endure.
In Psalm 89:15 (KJV), we read, “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.”