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#4 - Fear and healing

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

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Question/insight #4: Today I was studying Bible references to "fear," since [overcoming] fear is the key in many cases to healing. For the first time I appreciated the use of "fear" in the KJV with reference to is the perfect complement [counterpart] of the fear occasioned by the material senses.....

Response #4: Nelson's Quick Reference Vine's Dictionary of Bible Words (ISBN 0-7852-1169-1) states the following:

The above definition brings to mind Mary Baker Eddy's words in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew. You will never fear again except to offend God, and you will never believe that heart or any portion of the body can destroy you." (S&H 425:24)

In contrast to fear is love. "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." (1Jo 4:18, NRSV) The Greek word translated "love" in this verse is agape (Strong's #26). I find it instructive to note that in every case in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and in almost every case in Prose Works, where Mrs. Eddy quotes from a New Testament verse where the KJV uses either the word "love" or "charity", the Greek word in each of those verses refers to either agapao (verb, Strong's #25) or agape (noun, Strong's #26), which is the most spiritual sense of love.


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