If it is a personal mission, it feels like one that should have been resolved more easily. I hit on this idea years ago when I discovered that human minds aren't designed to hold contradictory ideas in our minds as true at once. I also found the information that the truth cannot contradict itself, because otherwise it wouldn't be the truth. Truth has to be consistent with both itself and the world around us.
This means that God did not design our brains to house the sin nature of mankind. The sin nature is a breakage of God's system. Our brains are designed to believe the 1 truth that God tells us, and no lies. Our brains are not designed to believe falsehood. Thus, my conclusion that Scripture was the answer to mental dysfunction.
So I started by observing myself and noticing when I did things that seemed to reflect one belief, and then I noticed, in another case, I would do things that would reflect another belief that contradicted the first. I would then sort through my mind to find the lie that would explain the contradiction. I would then replace the lie with the truth of Scripture and resolve the contradiction, thus establishing the correct belief and action.
But as I continued, I found other ways that the sin nature could manifest itself. Often just writing down whatever emotion it was enough to take down the intensity of it and help me process it in light of Scriptural truth. I could understand why I was reacting in very strange ways to situations that other people could easily handle. People were opposing Scripture I was trying to apply, so I removed them.
What amazed me was the lack of feeling I discovered at the end of the trail. I started beating up on myself for not feeling enough.
Anyway, I don't want or need to know all of the details of someone else's sin nature. People need to learn to destroy that on their own. Maybe I haven't really done a great job of teaching this, but feels like if you grew up in Christianity, this truth should be obvious. I feel like I've said this truth about the sin nature being the source of all mental health problems half a bazillion times now. But maybe it's so obvious to my brain that I didn't make it obvious to you?
It depends on the person who is writing them. I think about what the post means in terms of all of the other messages that they have written to me, and thus look for contradictions to point out.
But unless the emotion is really obvious, I don't see the emotions. To me they are just text, almost. The empaths come across as angry and snappy at points. The children are adorable. I get the sarcasm, sometimes. Empath 29 is not zero, but it's really low.
I see people - I don't see reactions. If someone is a jokester to me and presents themselves as a logical computer programmer, I tend to assume that's just how they are. If someone is angry, I think it's because something is going on in their lives and they are angry, and it's coming out for me to see. I don't see myself as causing the emotion that's coming at me. The emotion was already there before I showed up, and if I don't bring it out, someone else will, you know? I don't have the power to change people or discussions. All I do is see what's already there.
As a result, I don't take emotions directed at me personally. I don't think that the person writing messages to me has control over their emotions, enough to direct them at me to hurt me. Their sin nature is producing a reaction that they can't control. Only God can control and stop that. Now maybe a really strong empath could force their emotions onto another empath to control them in terrible ways, but I mean, I went through the abuse and etc. I know how people control other people.
Like this whole thing with the debate issue is the empaths trying to control what emotional expressions are allowed on the forums. Since the sin nature has control over people's emotions, or at least part-of-the-way control, all of us are going to suffer from emotional chaos as God heals us. I doubt most people want to feel the way they do when they write posts. Meanwhile, I want to feel and express my own emotions honestly (or in this case, a lack of emotion) without having to submit to your control, thank you very much.
Anger is the controlling emotion that creates fear in the recipient. That's how people emotionally control others. Empaths soothe each other's anger and that's how they control each other. I don't even try to soothe anyone - I just let them blow up. If I want to honestly express my emotions, I afford that privilege to others. I want to know what people are actually feeling, not see them suppress their emotions and declare some illegal.
I don't see emotions as dangerous, because for me they are not. They are more dangerous suppressed than visible. Case in point: the empaths complain about our emotions, suppress their negative ones by keeping them off the forum, and only appear to snap at people. Case closed.