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Does the Bible says anything about chills and goosebumps?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by JesusYeshuaisLord, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. JesusYeshuaisLord

    JesusYeshuaisLord Member

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    Hello,

    Does anyone know if the bible mentions anything about chills and goosebumps? Is it a positive thing or not? Are they from God or not?

    I am looking for opinions based on biblical passages and not based on human experience unless of course supported by scripture.

    I've read a believer write once, when talking about a secular song: 'I wouldn't listen to that song if it gives me chills down my spine' and then the person referred to the possibility that it'd be demonic spirits.
    Considering that these sensations are common with being cold and I am pretty sure anxiety, which also can happen during a fight or flight response (which happens when we are scared or threatened), is it safe to assume that chills and goosebumps could be a response to evil or demonic spirits and forces? Could it be the signal that something is not right?
    These sensations can also happen in a positive setting though (i think) listening to song we like, reading a poem or a heart warming story...

    But what does the bible says about it?

    Here is my experience and why I am asking the question:
    I went to a Celine Dion concert last year. After the concert I started listening more to her songs which often gives me chills because her voice is so powerful and beautiful. I then saw couple of her posts and realised how she became an idol in my sight, which I repented of.
    I've noticed that most of the secular songs that I listened to would give me chills too (I do love music and beautiful voices! which could be why). Now every time I get those chills I feel uncomfortable and as if something is just on me so I skip the songs. That feeling of electricity through my body last for a while if I haven't welcomed the 'experience'. It might be an emotional response that reminds me of how I idolised Celine Dion and her songs and maybe this is telling me that this is where I want to run far away from.

    Some 'christian' songs give me chills too, some songs do rely a lot on triggering emotional responses and I feel uncomfortable listening to them too now. Most of the songs that I enjoy but don't give me chills are older songs from the Gaither vocal band and such.
    All the modern christian songs usually just get me all overwhelmed and teary and all that.
    I would like to worship the Lord in truth and not have purely flesh satisfying experiences. I'd like to have a balanced approach to worship, I want to be conscious of what I sing to the Lord. I want to worship with emotion but also with my mind.
    Now I am troubled that I've might have opened the doors to demonic spirits by previously welcoming these sensations...

    Now, I've read this article: What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills? | Smart News | Smithsonian
    It sounds like (apart from when we are cold) chills and goosebumps come about when people make an emotional connection to the thing that causes the sensations.
    If they are based on spontanious emotions and not careful thoughts, should christians be cautious about chills and goosebumps provoked by songs or films or writings, etc...?
     
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  2. Sam91

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    Why Does Music Give You Chills?

    I didn't know that people get chills listening to music. I get emotional reactions but nothing like what you do. Apparently about 50% of people do get chills
     
  3. eleos1954

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    It's a reaction to something seen or experienced and/or a thought, so I suppose it could be both or either. If what one is thinking, looking at or doing is not for the glory of God then likely it's coming from somewhere else. What someone sees or does effects the mind .. thinking process.

    Philippians 4:8

    8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
     
  4. JesusYeshuaisLord

    JesusYeshuaisLord Member

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    haha yeah and I was surprised to know that some people don't get them! you do learn something everyday! :)
     
  5. Seadish

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    Good question I think it could be either listen to the spirit and personally I research literally everything, from the Word to worship there are so many "worship teams" who write songs that simply deceiving
     
  6. ChicanaRose

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    Interesting discussion. We all possess some level of intuition, so chills and goosebumps could be a sign that something is wrong. This could be true of music, film, writings, objects, or a person.

    Pray about it first. The Bible does not specifically speak on chills and goosebumps, but it does speak on spiritual discernment:

    "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. " (1 John 4:1)
     
  7. Chadrho

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    I get chills from music, all the time. I think, in relation to music, it is a physical response to something beautiful, as you state. It might come from a sense of awe. When I was a child, my parents came back from Jerusalem and were showing pictures and I would get chills thinking, "Oh, Jesus walked there."

    I don't know that as a Christian you need to be concerned that you "have opened the doors to demonic spirits by previously welcoming these sensations." Christ is sovereign and nothing can take you out of his hand (John 10:28).

    My opinion-these sensations are morally and spiritually neutral. What is not neutral is what you decide to focus on that gives you the sensations. And, it seems you already have a grasp of that.

    Thanks for such an interesting topic!
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2019
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