Do Not be Afraid!

Wishing you a blessed–and fearless–December, dear friends!

Mitch Teemley

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The phrase “Do Not be Afraid” appears some 365 time in the Bible–once for each day of the year. Could God be trying to tell us something?

Ever since Einstein’s day scientists have been trying to find a Unified Field, a framework that unifies all fundamental forces (gravity, electromagnetism, etc.). Last year the movie Interstellar dared to suggest (along with nearly every songwriter who ever lived) that loveis the answer, the underlying framework of the universe, the Unified Field.

Clovefearould love literally “make the world go ‘round?” And what’s the connection between love and the Bible’s insistence that we not be afraid?According to I John 4:18, “Perfect love casts out fear.” In other words, fear, not hatred, is the opposite of love.

And yet when people have visions of God they always seem to fall on the ground in fear (Revelation 1:17). Apostles and disciples, prophets and seers…

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3 Responses to Do Not be Afraid!

  1. While I love this post in general, I am troubled by the inaccuracy of your opening statement. When I first heard that the phrase “Do not be afraid” appears in the Bible 365 times, I thought it was great, too. But then I did the research because I wanted to write a daily devotional with all of those 365 verses. Even if you expand the parameters to include phrases like “be courageous,” “cast all your anxiety on Him,” and every other related term I could think of, there are only 290 such verses.

    The fact that this phrase does not appear in the Bible 365 times doesn’t change the truth of your conclusion. It is true that God is love, that He doesn’t want us to be afraid, and that love is the Unified Field of the universe and of our lives. It is also true that we cannot be “not afraid” in this crazy world without Him. Peace, Linda

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    • mitchteemley says:

      I confess, I haven’t done a count myself, Linda. Perhaps whoever first suggested it had a gift for hyperbole. ;>) I’m guessing you could find enough parallel sentiments to still do a devotional. E.g. In response to Cain’s fear of being hunted down and killed (Genesis 4:14-15), God marks him to warn others not to hurt him, and as an assurance to Cain that He has not abandoned him.

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  2. Abhijit says:

    Very nice one…

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