Are All Fears Sinful
Is it wrong (sinful) for Christians to have fears e.g. of flying, of going out alone in the dark. Some things, of which some people are fearful, cannot be avoided but some can so are we being sensible by 'avoiding' or do we lack faith?
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---Rita_H on 7/26/15
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We can't let fear control us. pray to the Lord everyday that he will take this from you. if you persevere and are faithful to him you will succeed.
---Lee on 5/19/16|
Rita H Thank you for feeling bad for me that very sweet. It has always been my desire not to have to shoot an intruder but I would not stand there and let someone hurt me. You live in a very restricted Country where guns are concerned but guns have always been part of America. I must tell you I have bars on every window and door but that didn't stop a man from breaking in and robbing us. It's been three years and I'm still finding things missing. Most of what was stolen was some of my jewelry that my husband had given me for over 35 years. That broke my heart on top of that it was a relative. Crime in America has risen with illegal aliens who don't work so they steal. My husbands pickup was stolen in the last few months. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 7/30/15|
The Bible talks more about the fear of God. Don't test God.Pray about everything, before doing.
---catherine on 7/30/15|
"C. S. Lewis in MERE CHRISTIANITY said that a brave person does not necessarily have no fear, but he faces his fear, and does his duty despite his fear.
Not going out alone in the dark may be simple prudence, not fear."
Thanks for pointing that out Cluny, it is decades since I read that book. I must get hold of a copy and read it again.
---Rita_H on 7/30/15|
I replied God didn't sent David out without a weapon. God Bless ---Darlene_1 on 7/27/15
Not going out alone in the dark may be simple prudence, not fear.---Cluny on 7/29/15
AMEN TO BOTH
---Nicole_Lacey on 7/29/15|
C. S. Lewis in MERE CHRISTIANITY said that a brave person does not necessarily have no fear, but he faces his fear, and does his duty despite his fear.
Not going out alone i n the dark may be simple prudence, not fear.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/29/15|
Monk, I also share your fear of wasps. I am absolutely terrified of them but for good reason. However bees don't come in the same category. They only bother us if we bother them and rarely sting. If they sting they die because their sting is left behind in the person who's been stung whereas a wasp keeps its sting and lives to sting again, over and over again.
---Rita_H on 7/29/15|
I have a couple of phobias. By far the worst one is the fear of bees, wasps, and hornets--anything with a sting. And by phobia I mean that if I see a bee, I want to run a million miles away. My heart is pounding, and my breathing is labored.
Trusting God is hard to do in that place of fear. However, if we remember to pray, ask God for help, the anxiety will lessen, and we will be able to praise God in the midst of the fear.
Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 7/29/15|
Darlene, I found your answer here difficult to read. It is so sad to know that, where you live, you take guns to bed with you to be able to feel safe at night. Here in U.K. we would be arrested ourselves if we opened fire on an intruder because only limited people have licences for guns here. I pray that we will never become like the U.S. has become (in that particular area of life at least). I pray that you will always be safe without ever using that gun.
Ways of protection here are locks, bolts, chains, sometimes dogs, shutters, alarms and security lights to deter would-be intruders.
Personally I just have good locks back and front. I do wonder if I should get an alarm though.
May God protect you at all times.
---Rita_H on 7/28/15|
I am afraid of several things but I pray and trust Jesus to take care of me. One Summer my husband was traveling all over the State working in other towns and I was alone. I left a light on in my bathroom,I'm afraid of the dark,locked the door to my room,went to bed with my Bible and loaded pistol. God gave me the peace that passes understanding.I was told if I had faith I wouldn't need a gun. I replied God didn't sent David out without a weapon. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 7/27/15|
//BUT had to trust God to get me through it.//
Sounds like God blessed you through the medical issue.
God does not remove fear, Abraham feared sacrificing his son, Jesus feared the cross, Hebrews Ch. 11. In this world you will have trouble, but fear not I have overcome the world.
---Scott1 on 7/27/15|
Trusting Him did not take away the fear though.---Rita_H on 7/27/15
Nor should it.
The word Courage in Latin means: Fear with Faith.
That is exactly as you describe your situations.
Fear is a healthy vice when connected to trusting in Jesus.
Everyone is afraid of something whether they are lying to themselves or not.
I am not afraid of flying or being put to sleep.
But, put a small spider with hair on it's body, within eye site is another matter!
I RUN IN THE OTHER DIRECTION OF THAT SMALL SPIDER.
---Nicole_Lacey on 7/27/15|
\\Trusting Him did not take away the fear though.
But you trusted him IN SPITE OF your fear.
That's the main thing.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/27/15|
Cluny, I am not specifically referring to myself in the question but flying is something I will not do. Maybe you'd be surprised at just how some Christians insult others by saying that we don't trust God enough if we are fearful - of anything at all. "We must trust God in ALL things" they say whilst not discussing their own fears. I find it hard to believe people who declare themselves to be "absolutely fearless because God says that is how we must be". I feel that fears are sometimes a defence mechanism and perfectly natural. When I had to have a general anaesthetic (another of my fears) I was totally petrified BUT had to trust God to get me through it. Trusting Him did not take away the fear though.
---Rita_H on 7/27/15|
I think you're being needlessly scrupulous, Rita.
No one said you had to fly. I would be hesitant about taking an overseas flight, myself--not that I have the money to do so.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/26/15|