Hey folks.. Been a while since I posted here, though I've been quietly reading along with some topics.
Anyway, to get to the point: I've seen the concept of a 'hardened heart' mentioned semi-frequently in some of the topics here. Particularly in those dealing with people who - like me - seem to have trouble 'seeing' God despite opening themselves up to the possibility (albeit tentatively). In fact, if I recall correctly, it has been suggested that I might possess such an adamantine organ, as well!
In the past, I dismissed this quite quickly, as I thought it meant being cold and unemotional, which I am quite decidedly not. But I started reading a bit more (finding, amongst other things, this explanation) and now understand that the meaning of the phrase is a bit more complex.
In fact, one curious thing in that article is that it suggests the culprit is often letting one's feelings guide you rather than reason and logic, which is admittedly the opposite of what I expected.
Pride is also mentioned as a major factor. Of course, I wouldn't say I consider myself to be prideful - but then, most people probably wouldn't.
Anyway.. How would one determine if they have, in fact, hardened their heart? And how would one overcome such a obstacle?