Freedom from Fear
My deliberations continue to be influenced by the peoples coming to Toowoomba to live. It is not hard to discern that the greatest problem is fear. Many have come from lands of war and genocide. Young people are suffering from PTSS, having watched close relatives murdered in their presence. Others are here because they come from situations where they cannot trust anyone, not even their own family. Others have fear of failure, struggling with learning English and trying to support a family. Many live in fear of failing in religious duties, for example, not fulfilling the rules, fear of judgement day, fear of breaking caste traditions, fear of family dishonour. Some operate in dread of the Police , not understanding that in this country, the Police are here for the people, not against the people.
So what is the answer to this devastating disease of fear? Education helps, but a better cure is in having an understanding of the true character of God, specifically as revealed in Jesus Christ. I could trace so many of the world problems to other religions. For example :- the terror that flows from ‘Judgement day ‘ prospects, the poverty of millions because of the imbedded caste system, the grinding surveillance of millions because of atheism, the greed that has flowed from hijacked Christianity.
Let me present the positive!
God is so great that we should reverentially fear Him. This is not the dread of some sinister deity. Rather it is giving Him the honour of His holiness and His right as the Creator to bring all peoples to account.
God in His character is Love. This has been and still is known in His communications of mercy and acts of grace (undeserved kindness). Millions of lives have been changed from fear to freedom by knowing and trusting Him. This is a spiritual regeneration which creates individual connection with the living God. Most religions are about rules and ritual. True Christianity is about connection and comprehension.
1 Connecting with the living God as Father to children
2 Comprehending God as revealed in Jesus Christ
This changes the whole way of thinking and living. This can filter through to the foundations and fabric of society to remove fear and bondage. In actual fact the Australian citizenship training book, points to this as the foundation of Australian ‘freedom’.
Let me explain:
Christians obey God because we love Him.(that flows on to loving others. Loving in spite of unworthiness)
Christians understand God, because Jesus Christ has given a full and final revelation of God (making relationship with Him a great joy and cause for praise)
I well understand there are many forms of false Christianity, but I am pointing my readers to the God revealed in the Bible, not the systems of religious imagination. There have been and still are supposedly Christian groups who control the people by fear.
I encourage you to read the Bible. Have a look at 1 John chapter 4, to discover such precious, positive words:
“And we have seen, and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in Him and He in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in Him.
By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgement, because as He is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear
We love, because HE FIRST loved us!”
Bibles free at firstname.lastname@example.org