The prophet Isaiah talked of God as “a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat.”
We are in reality dependant on God in every need and situation. There is no way we can earn grace or mercy. And no way we can control destiny by “helping ourselves”.
Sociologists state that fear of unknown powers, mysterious events, hunger and especially eventual death are natural horrors to man.
There is much fear of random violence, nuclear war and road rage. And psychologists have coined a word – AtmosFear – to describe the widely held belief the world’s supply of good food, water and air is about to run out.
Collectively, we are afraid of almost everything. Instead of natural harmony, we see disorder, chaos and extinction.
Religion has often not been the antidote to fear. Indeed, some religions have consciously and unconsciously, verbally and non-verbally, taught fear of damnation, fear of nature (particularly our own), fear of our bodies, fear of others and fear of the world.
Religions built on fear must keep preaching their fears to survive. They do injustice to the mystery of faith.
Fear has driven many to seek solace in ridiculous pseudo-sciences. Nervously clutching crystals and consulting horoscopes, they slide back into superstition and, sadly, greater fear.
It is hard to learn wisdom when you lack a basic trust in a loving creator. It should not be this way.
It is a matter of realizing our own inadequacy and the importance of being healed to regain faith. This reconciliation ought to be a function of religion.
Pistuein, the original Greek word most often used in the New Testament to convey “faith”, also means “trust”.
Jesus said faith, or trust, had the power to heal the sick; even to move mountains. But we can’t do it by ourselves.