Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why are You So Afraid?

What Happened to No Fear and No Sorrow?

Matthew 8:26 says, "He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm."

This is precisely the question I would like for many Christians to ponder, particularly those that hop about the sacred stage every Sunday as they scrape in money from millions of the divinely adoring. Why are you so gosh-darn fearful? If it is not the political realm that is scaring you it is the social realm. If it isn't the social realm that frightens you it is the natural realm that shakes you to your core with tsunamis and quakes and floods and hurricanes and mudslides and sinkholes and agitating volcanoes. Why do you fear so much?

The earliest I can remember believing in Jesus and God is when I was about three. I remember when my mom gave birth to my sisters, the twins, I was happily informed that God gave me sisters. This made me so happy! I remember exactly how I felt inside and I know for sure I did not possess fear for the God I had been brought up to hold as absolute truth, love, and kindness. That changed shorty after my sisters were born. There was a plane crash in San Diego right near the Interstate 805 and a street named University.

A PSA jetliner and a smaller Cessna (or something like a Cessna) collided and consequently crashed, killing all those aboard. I remember asking if the people were able to pray to Jesus for help before they crashed? Didn't He hear them praying? Why did He let the planes crash and the people inside them to die? Didn't God love them? 

Yes. God definitely cared for the people who died, but sometimes God decides that it is someone's time to go. This was okay though. So long as the people had Jesus in their hearts God took away their fear. And those who did not have Jesus? It was too late for them. God gave them plenty of chances and they failed to act on those chances. This was shocking to me. I thought God helped everybody and everyone. I remember brooding over this. Then, right about the same time the plane crash happened the lady who lived in the apartment across the way began screaming shrilly one morning and my dad went to see what was going on.

A short time later he returned and told my mother quietly that the woman's newborn baby was deceased. The police came and I remember one of the officers trying to revive the baby by smacking it on the back as he carried the baby down the stairs. It was simply no good. The baby was dead. It was another case of God allowing something terrible to happen. But why the baby? Because sometimes that is how God accomplishes His plan, right? Sometimes people will not listen to God and then bad things happen.

The seeds of fear that had been planted grew with the ferocity of ivy on a brick wall. It was a deep and dark fear I could never shake from my mind. Then when I was about fourteen I decided that the structure of fear when it comes to God is garbage. The fear did not go away all at once, but instead eased up at a snail's pace and for many years I struggled to get out from under the ingrained blanket of fear I had been given courtesy of Christianity.

But that is Christianity in a nutshell: Fear. Fear of the atheists, pagans, heathens, anyone who believes differently. Fear of Satan consistently trying to rip the believer out of God's hands and blessing. Fear of rock music. Fear of make-up. Fear of the mighty and evil Hollywood. Fear of television and radio. The list goes on and on. The messages of fear are so rampant that they completely destroy what is supposed to be a way of life that is governed by love.

Necessity of Fear?
Favor, Protection, Control, Allowance, Separation, Glory, Riches, Salvation

The Bible mentions fear so often that a reader of the Bible often comes away from studying such with the pervasive feeling that something is terribly amiss. They are right, and not just because of the overall schmooze that God loves everyone and Jesus wants to save everyone, but also because God makes it very VERY clear that before a person can even partake fully of the supposed grace of God and salvation of Jesus that person must fear God. It is after the person's expression of fear that the love of God and Jesus begin to flow freely...not the other way around.

The First Fear
The 'first fear' is the very first ingredient of salvation and a walk with God. This first fear is not an acceptance of Jesus' salvation, but rather is the acknowledgement of the existence of God, of God's mighty power, and the acknowledgement that the power of God is so great that if He wanted He could squash you like a bug. This first fear encourages the screwy concept that while God and Jesus love everyone and desire that everyone go to God, the bottom line prerequisite for salvation is to FEAR God. There is no salvation outside of fear.

Acts 10:35 says, "But in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him."
     I think it is very curious that the God of the Bible does all sorts of horrible things or aids and encourages alll sorts of terrible things and even instructs horrible things BUT He is still considered mighty and just.

Acts 2:43 says, "Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles."
     This man tries very hard to explain away or redefine what fear is in relation to God.

Psalm 111:10 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endures forever."
     This verse is just a nicer way to tell people that they will choose to fear God if they know what is good for them.

Job 28:28 says, "And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."

Psalm 33:8 says, "Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him."
     God is amazingly powerful. God's power should elicit fear from all those who follow him. Who'd of thought that before all else the number one desire of God is for man to fear Him?

The Second Fear
The 'second fear' is just as interesting as its predecessor, for the purpose of second fear is to give specific examples as to what the consequences of failing to maintain a fear of God are. The penalties/consequences are always terribly disproportionate in a sadistic and cruel sense.

Luke 5:26 says, "Amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God. They were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things today."
     Hell is a great story and its reputation as the scariest and most horrible place ever is single-handedly the greatest reason why people choose to believe in God in the first place.

Deuteronomy 28:28 says, "He will make your minds diseased, and your eyes blind, and your hearts wasted with fear."
     Not only is the rage of the God of the Bible disgusting but I am sick and tired of hearing the lunatic argument (actually it isn't an argument at all since it does not contain so much as one valid point) that God loved everyone so goddamn much that He gave His Son to be slaughtered for the sins of the world. So, you had best listen up and believe in God and behave lest you find yourself the next individual to be nailed to some wood.

Deuteronomy 28:60 says, "He will send on you again all the diseases in Egypt, which were a cause of fear to you, and they will take you in their grip."
     This is what God does when people refuse to believe in Him or do His bidding. The Egyptians just wouldn't listen to God...never mind that it clearly states in the biblical account that it was GOD HIMSELF who purposely hardened the hearts of the Egyptians.

Deuteronomy 28:66 says, "And your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall fear night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life."
     Ahh...the typical string of bullshit Christianity utilizes in an effort to convert people.

I Samuel 12:18 says, "So Samuel called to Yahweh; and Yahweh sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared Yahweh and Samuel."
     There is something about this man that says, "Beware...I am not all here." Creepy.

Leviticus 26:32 says, "I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies that dwell therein will be astonished at it."
     God is absolutely ready to punish every one who will not jump when He commands how high.

Seal the Deal Fear
The 'seal the deal' fear is not only the stamp of actual eternal salvation, but it is also the fear borne out of all of the scary bullshit that the new convert has been told by the person preaching to them, and that the new convert apparently believes.

Luke 1:71 says, "...salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us."
     That's right. The fear of the Lord is His treasure. Do you know why? The ONLY way He could manage to scrape up a considerable amount of followers was to threaten them with terrors beyond their imagination.

I Samuel 12:24 says, "Only fear Yahweh, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things He has done for you."
     Hey hey hey...Mr. I-Am-Not-All-There is back to share with you the fear of God.

Acts 9:31 says, "So the assemblies throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, and were built up. They were multiplied, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit."
     What a crock of shit.

Luke 7:16 says, "And fear took hold of all, and they glorified God saying, "A great prophet has risen among us!" and, "God has visited His people!"

Luke 2:9 says, "And an angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of the Lord was shining round about them: and fear came on them."

Luke 1:30 says, "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou has found favor with God."

Psalm 25:14 says, "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will show them his covenant."
     Sooooo...our troubles as a nation to include sliding education is a result of not fearing God?

Deuteronomy 6:13 says, "Fear the Lord your God, serve Him only and take your oaths in His name."
     Look! We have found a way to dispell all of your fear! All you have to do is fear God and then your fear goes away.

Proverbs 16:6 says, "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil."
     Well, listening to this guy you would think that if you do not show a deep fear for God you are probably not human.

     Listen very carefully to what these people say and give great care in considering the ramifications of living in fear. Some of those who talk in these videos would have you believe that to fear God is to live in freedom. Do not believe this blatant lie. It is pure fiction and utter stupidity.

Transferred Fear
The 'transferred fear' is what those seeking to convert others use in an effort to pressure people into believing. This fear is often disguised and portrayed as genuine concern in regards to the disposition of the eternal soul of non-believers.

Matthew 9:8 says, "But when the people saw it they were full of fear, and gave glory to God who had given such authority to men."
     It is most unfortunate that those who would have the entire world believe in the God of the Bible do not recognize the Bible as the single source of the greatest amount of fear and hatred.

Luke 1:50 says, "His mercy is for generations of generations of those who fear him."
     This is hilarious. Listen to what is said at the beginning of this video: In order to have actual conviction for sin there must be knowledge of the wrath of God. What a stupid thing to say. That isn't true conviction. What it is is an admission of guilt in an effort to save one's self from the ravings of a lunatic God. Can you say DURESS?

Psalm 112:1 says, "Praise you the Lord. Blessed is the man that fears the Lord, that delights greatly in His commandments."
     Wow. It does not take very long for this guy to go off the deepend in his sermon.

Proverbs 14:27 says, "The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death."
     This here is a great example of the stupidity of religion. Believers just cannot seem to get a grip on the ridiculousness of their efforts to convert people by use of fear.

The Empowering Fear
This is the fear of God that believers hold gives or allows them power that is not of their own origin. This power is what gives believers the strength and courage and persistence needed to preach the gospel wherever they are, and to make converts.

Hebrews 13:6 says, "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me."
     Don't worry about looking like a moron and sounding like a moron because GOD will give you the strength to witness so long as you fear Him.

Psalm 23:4 says, "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
     Holy shit! I HAD to include this because I found it so ever-loving funny. WHAT is this guy's malfunction? See, if you will only fear God and do everything He says to do you will have great strength to make a ludicrous video like this guy did.

Matthew 10:28 says, "Don't be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna."
     Don't be afraid to preach God's word! God will give you strength. Isn't it wonderful how Christianity tries to remove people from the slavery of the world so they can 'serve' God? Nothing changes in the disposition of the believer because they are STILL slaves. The only difference is the slave's master. Slavery is what it is.

Acts 4:29 says, "And now, Lord, listen to their threats, and enable thy servants to proclaim thy message with fearless courage."
     That is right! God gives you POWER and the more you believe in Him the greater the power you will have.

Deuteronomy 3:2 says, "Yahweh said to me, "Don't fear him; for I have delivered him, and all his people, and his land into your hand and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon."

Deuteronomy 28:10 says, "And all the peoples of the earth will see that the name of the Lord is on you, and they will go in fear of you."
     Wow. Take a good long look because these people are the kinds of people God supposedly gives power to. Nice.

Joshua 10:8 says, "Yahweh said to Joshua, "Don't fear them, for I have delivered them into your hands. Not a man of them will stand before you."
     Since WHEN would anyone with even half of a brain want to anoint anything or anyone with fear? Anoint with fear? That is insanity.

The Confusing Fear
This fear is a jumble of confusing emotional and spiritual edicts from God and often contradict the supposed love of God and Jesus Christ. When informed of the non-sense nature of this fear a believer will often respond with a comment along the lines of, "God works in mysterious ways," or something very similar.

II Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind."
     Wait a minute...didn't you just say that God wants us to fear? Now you are telling me not to fear but to feel love. Which is it because it sure as hell cannot be both.

I John 4:18 says, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love."
     This lady makes a good point.

John 14:27 says, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don't let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful."
     This is great!

Psalm 2:11 says, "Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling."
     Many Christians do not fear God and do not fear death as they come to realize the entire religious story-thing is a giant shitburger.

Psalm 19:19 says, "The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

Psalm 67:7 says, "God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him."

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