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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 God....it 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:
Fear...Nouns. 1. phobos (5401) first had the meaning of "flight," that which is caused by being scared; then, "that which may cause flight,"
(a) "fear, dread, terror," always with this significance in the four Gospels; also e.g., in Acts 2:43; 19:17; 1 Cor. 2:3; 1 Tim. 5:20...; Heb. 2:15; 1 John 4:18; Rev. 11:11; 18:10,15; by metonymy, that which causes "fear," Rom.13:3; 1 Pet. 3:14, RV, "(their) fear," KJV "(their) terror";...in view of Matt. 10:28, e.g., it seems best to understand it as that which is caused by the intimidation of adversaries;
(b) reverential fear," (1) of God, as a controlling motive of the life, in matters spiritual and moral, not a mere "fear" of His power and righteous retribution, but a wholesome dread of displeasing Him, a "fear" which banishes the terror that shrinks from His presence, Rom. 8:15, and which influences the disposition and attitude of one whose circumstances are guided by trust in God, through the indwelling Spirit of God, Acts 9:31; Rom. 3:18; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 5:21 (RV, "the fear of Christ"); Phil. 2:12; 1 Pet. 1:17 (a comprehensive phrase: the reverential "fear" of God will inspire a constant carefulness in dealing with others in His "fear"); 3:2,15...
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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