The Bondage of fear

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                                                                                        The Bondage of Fear

Fear is a manipulation tool; we use it all the time when we market some services and products. What! You don’t have life insurance ? What about your family? You let your child walk home alone from school? You don’t have a bubble of protection around your children? You can’t do that , what if? The local news doesn’t help either; all the doom and gloom.

And so we become enslaved by our fears and limit our lives. Everything we do is a risk in some way. There are so many what ifs that we don’t even do many of the things we used to love as kids. Remember drinking water from the hose? Riding bikes without helmets? Playing outside till dark? Trusting neighbors? Eating fruit off the tree or vegetables right from the garden?

I am not touting reckless behavior, but we can’t let fear control us to the point that it keeps us from enjoying our lives, and more importantly to really live our lives. I like the acronym of fear, false evidence against reality. But if we let fear control our actions then other people have the power over us to control and dictate our lives and that includes all the doom sayers and terrorists.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato

(Said of Jesus) 100:7.15 His courage was magnificent, but he was never foolhardy. His watchword was, "Fear not." His bravery was lofty and his courage often heroic. But his courage was linked with discretion and controlled by reason. It was courage born of faith, not the recklessness of blind presumption. He was truly brave but never audacious.

100:5.2 The progression of religious growth leads from stagnation through conflict to co-ordination, from insecurity to undoubting faith, from confusion of cosmic consciousness to unification of personality, from the temporal objective to the eternal, from the bondage of fear to the liberty of divine sonship.

130:6.4 Say farewell to the life of cringing duty and live your life in the flesh as a son of God, a mortal dedicated to the ennobling service of man on earth and destined to the superb and eternal service of God... 

  Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis)