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So much of religion seems to be about fear:
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:48:15 AM »
"So much of religion seems to be about fear:
 fear of going to hell;
 fear of having bad theology;
 fear of not satisfying your end of the bargain so God will favor you and bless you;
 fear of others finding out how much you're not really like the person you project and pretend to be;
 fear of trusting your own inner guidance and fear of thinking for yourself;
 fear of not upholding the expectations of your religious sub-culture;
 fear of sexuality;
 fear of people who are different;
 fear of the world;
 fear of messing up;
 fear of not being good enough... spiritual enough... godly enough.

 I don't know which is worse - the way religion makes us afraid to die, or the way it makes us afraid to live."
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Re: So much of religion seems to be about fear:
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014, 12:53:08 PM »
Fear is demonic.
"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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Re: So much of religion seems to be about fear:
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014, 07:46:31 PM »
Fear is a natural result of sin. Here is what Adam said shortly after he and eve sinned.

Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

But when abiding in Christ there is no fear.

1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love

Pro_28:1  The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.


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Re: So much of religion seems to be about fear:
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 09:21:14 AM »
"God has not given us a spirit of fear..." (2 Tim. 1:7)

Faith is God's realm of operation, while fear is Satan's realm of operation. The two are polar opposites. In fact, "it is impossible to please God without faith" (Heb. 11:6).

It appears that learning to walk in faith, while refraining from fear or fearful thoughts, is a learning process for Christians.
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Re: So much of religion seems to be about fear:
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2014, 03:56:46 PM »
Jesus and Peter are the only two men who have walked on water in recorded history. Peter was able to walk on water UNTIL he doubted (Matt. 14:29-31).

One second, Peter was in faith and was walking on water and less than a second later, Peter doubted and immediately began to sink. Faith and fear can be instantly changed, either from faith to fear or visa versa.

Food for thought.
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Re: So much of religion seems to be about fear:
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2014, 04:00:12 PM »
Fear is a natural result of sin. Here is what Adam said shortly after he and eve sinned.

Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

But when abiding in Christ there is no fear.

1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love

Pro_28:1  The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
The spirit of fear entered into the lexicon of humanity after Adam and Eve sinned. Fear has many spiritual cousins too, such as cousin doubt and cousin unbelief.
"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

 

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