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Fear-Mongering – 11 May 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

With words like “terrorism,” “financial crisis,” and “swine flu” to throw around, today’s world is a fear-monger’s dream (nightmare?) come true.

The word “fear” is used 367 times in the New King James Version. In 2 Timothy 1:7 we find:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

The Amplified Bible’s version of this scripture (2 Timothy 1:7) is:

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity – of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear – but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

I think it’s obvious that the fear-mongers are motivated by a spirit that is not of God.

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