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Copyright: ©2009 James J. Jackson
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FEAR AND WORRY:  TWO WASTED EMOTIONS

By: James J. Jackson

The late Paul Harvey, would often lead in to the latest doomsday scenario by saying, "Just in case you’ve run out of things to be frightened about…, listen to this”.  Fear is sometimes used as a tool to control others and force them to surrender to the will of the powerful, and we are continually provided new reasons to fret over.

We are constantly bombarded with doomsday reports of cataclysmic disaster just over the horizon, keeping many of us in a constant state of panic and fear.  The current block-buster movie, “2012” presents the latest reason for us to live in fear-the end of the world!  According to some ‘scholars’, the now-extinct Mayan civilization left a calendar which, among other predictions, said the world will end violently in the year 2012.

Apparently, we should spend the next three years or so shaking in our collective boots, since there is no way to escape this latest impending doom.  I suppose I should spend my ’last days’ worrying.  Instead, I spent about 10 seconds pondering why I should place any credence in a prediction from a civilization that was able to predict the end of the world in the twenty-first century, but failed to forecast it’s own demise in the 9th century A.D.

Doomsday prophets come and go.  A group of ‘Millerites’, in 1834, and their prophet, farmer William Miller, predicted that the world would end by March 21, 1844.  Miller said that careful Bible study revealed that the last day would be April 23, 1843.  Many of his believers sold all of their earthly possessions (since they would no longer need them in the afterlife).  After the predicted doomsday came and went uneventfully, the group eventually disbanded and disappeared into the dustbin of history.

In more recent history, ‘Heaven’s Gate', a cult, believed that the appearance of the comet Hale-Bopp would evoke the end of the world in 1977.  Their claim was refuted by astronomers, but Heaven's Gate continued to prepare for the end.  The comet came and went without incident.  The world did indeed end for 39 of the cult members who committed suicide on March 26, 1997, but not for the rest of us.

In the late 80’s, Ted Danson, the popular star of the sitcom, ‘Cheers’, predicted that, due to global warming, the oceans would all be dead in twenty years, if we failed to act immediately.  Twenty years have passed, and the oceans seem to be in the same condition they were at the time of his prediction. 

Soothsayers today warn that the Milky Way galaxy will collide with our nearest neighbor galaxy, Andromeda…in about 3 billion years (give or take a few billion years).

Global warming, our most imminent danger, is being rejected by a growing segment of the scientific community (many believe the earth has been in a cooling cycle for about eleven years).  Accordingly, the catch new phrase to worry ourselves to death over is ‘climate change’, (which is so nebulous that it is impossible to disprove).  We must now dismantle all vestiges of prosperity in order to fight ‘climate change‘.

The Bible equates fear with slavery, In Romans, we are told…”For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ""Abba," Father."

Revelations tells us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

The constant predictions of doom bring to mind an old song, “I do not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future..”.  God has written the final chapter, and I trust only in His predictions.

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