“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears for the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Hebrews 5:7
“I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. Away from me all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. Psalm 6:6-9
The weeping prophet in the Bible, Jeremiah, often spoke of tears in metaphors of rivers and fountains. Tears are not infrequent products of the eye moved by the heart. Tears can be tears of anger, sadness, joy, pain, communication where words cannot do justice, or the profound result of being overwhelmed by something in life or simply life itself. Unique from all other creation, we humans cry to express the heart. Our tears can be for different reasons; pain, irritation in the eye, language, manipulation, true emotions, or simply and necessarily lubricating the eye with a complexity of liquids, so much more than saline solution.
Tears from the eye are a necessary element of the intelligent design of the eye by a loving and magnificent Creator. Darwin and his progeny of evolutionists speak only of biological or physiological reasons for tears with no mention of the psychological or what Francis Schaeffer called the mannishness of man; humans have a soul, unrecognized by materialists, who have yet to dissect a material soul; so for them it doesn’t exist though the evidence is overwhelming. The existence of a soul is itself evidence of an intelligent designer and Creator. Yet having not “seen Him, the materialist makes extreme efforts to ignore His existence.
A research team at Johns Hopkins concluded: “Tears aren’t simple. They’re complex creations of water, mucins, oils, and electrolytes. They also possess some protective bacteria-fighting substances that help reduce our risk of getting eye infections. Their functions are many and essential. For the cornea, they provide a smoother optical surface, so that our vision remains clear; they also help keep the cornea properly moisturized and rich in oxygen. For the eye in general, tears act also as “wiper fluid, allowing the eyelids to wash the eye free of debris with every blink. Without tears you would very quickly go blind.
The tears caused by irritants in the eye are much different in substance than tears of emotion or stress. The latter contain far more toxic biological by-products giving evidence they remove many kinds of toxic substances from the body produced by stress. Weeping is an execratory process intended to deal with the unhealthy things stress produces in the body. Holding back tears consequently is not a healthy thing in dealing with stress or other emotional factors. Emotional tears are initiated by a different part of the brain than the part that initiates reflexive tears, the part of the brain which responds to sad, happy, painful, or pleasant experiences. Boys and girls before puberty cry equally, but adolescent and adult women have serum prolactin levels sixty percent more than men, meaning they cry four times more often than men. Not a bad thing. Why did God design this difference? Possibly because women are meant to be much better nurturers than men, and God planned it so. In any case the sexes are created to complement one another in producing and rearing children supporting the biblically revealed ideal for marriage found in Genesis.
But the spiritually focused design for our tears, the weeping produced by repentance from sin, by intimate closeness to God, by being “surprised by joy, by discovering a “new thing about God or His creation or yourself, by experiencing pardon, freedom from guilt, the freedom to love and be His child, produces and is intended to produce the outpouring of tears. Just read the Bible, like Psalms or Jeremiah; just follow the example of the Lord Jesus. Tears are an expression, a potent language without words, to God, to ourselves, to others of who we are and who we want to be; of the passion of our worship and experiencing our holy and loving God. Then certainly they must be a vital part of the refreshment of our souls as well as our bodies.
It is amazing to see the glory of God revealed when we consider that something so small as your eye, and so common as your tears, can be so beneficial to the molding and maturity of your soul.
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