I have always heard that God is perfection without any lack. After the Incarnation, when Jesus wept or had other emotions such as at the Agony can we say the nature of God changed in the sense God was now lacking perfect joy. Is Jesus as He exists now with human emotions able to feel sorrow when He contemplates the abortions, wars, apostasy etc. In other words can God right now ever be said to be sorrowful? Anne
Answer by Richard Geraghty on 6/15/2008:
Since Christ was fully human as well as divine, he had to have emotion because that is part of being a human being. Now in themselves the emotions of joy and sadness, anger and sorrow are part of the equipment that man needs to deal with life. Because he has a body, he has to have feeling of pleasure and pain. These feelings become moral or immoral according to how people deal with them. Now Christ dealt with them in a perfect way. At the prospect of his crucifixion he felt sadness and pain to the extent of even sweating blood, which is very extreme. But the prospect of being crucifies is quite extreme, particular when one know everything about it. At any rate, Christ is our model for feeling the emotions of pleasure and pain, anger and sadness. Today Christ is in his glorified body, which works differently that his body did on earth. So he would not feel sadness or pain in the same way. He would still approve or disapprove just as God does. But there is no human feelings involves. Neither do angels have human feeling because they do not have bodies. But the good angels can have joy while the bad angels can have hate and sadness. At any rate strictly speaking God cannot be sorrowful because he always was and always will be full of perfect happiness. As you can see, the teaching of Christ being fully God and fully man is a great mystery.