Last night at my “appt.”, we had a disagreement concerning fear and where it comes from. We were discussing what would happen if I ignored my “hunger” pangs, and after a few minutes (of me being generally clueless to all things psychological), we agreed that ultimately if I never ate, I would eventually die. We then discussed that this fear of dieing was actually at the base of all of my “issues”, but that there was a number of layers that needed to be revealed before we get to that point.
I told him that I’m not afraid to die. My salvation in Christ has freed me from that. He then told me that God created us with that fear of death. I disagreed. I told him that fear is not of God. God is love and 1 John 4:18 says 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.
It is my understanding that God allows us to experience fear based on the choices that we make, and that fear is a survival mechanism, but He did not give us a fear of dieing.
Set me straight folks. I’m afraid of something, and that’s why I comfort myself with food and/or spending. But I’m not afraid of death.