Foolish Fear – Or Justified?

Fear of the unknown is pointless. Fear of the known is either pointless or it is justified.

Todd Beal

Upon what do you base your fear: truth, or speculation? If you fear what you don’t know, then your fear is its own object, and therefore exists only within your fantastic imagination. If you have no fear of what you do know, then either your lack of it is really justified, or it is birthed by the numbed condition of your denial.

Without truth, the line between known and unknown is obscured at worst, and at its very best, blurred, the convincing mirage that forever promises…, promises, and continually invites but never accepts – or gives – resolution.

Know Truth, and your mind will at last, rest.

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About Todd Beal

I love truth and its facts. I love thought-provoking conversations that give both the other person and me a better understanding of a particular topic. I love to find answers to life-long questions; answers that let me see things for what they are instead of what they seem to be. I truly enjoy being in the midst of a group of people where all individuals are joining in, where everybody is enjoying the company of each other. I relax in the company of individuals who are competent yet humble. I like to catch myself doing or saying something ridiculous and then laugh my head off. I enjoy my church and being involved.
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2 Responses to Foolish Fear – Or Justified?

  1. Lance Ponder says:

    Those who do not know God should fear Him, though in general they do not.

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    • Todd Beal says:

      Hey Lance,

      Very true: there is always reason to fear God, both in awesome reverence by the believer, and in fright by the unbeliever. I want to walk through my reasoning behind this post, if for no other reason than to examine whether or not it is true across the board. This was one of those “very difficult to write” posts: difficult in that it is very abstract, but more so because of the very real yet sometimes subtle and difficult-to-identify distinction between imagination and reality. Working through the reasoning behind part A of the post Statement (including its associated argument in the elaboration) presented the greatest challenge. I will use God as my variable of choice for proving my post assertion universally true.

      I’ll begin by saying; fear of the unknown is not only pointless but is also the seed of paranoia. That’s why President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Unjustified fear removes one from reality and consequently warps and paralyzes the whole person.

      However, the question remains; is it true that for all things unknown, fearing them is pointless? Yes, because without a real and unimagined knowledge of what one fears, one fears no real thing, which then produces paranoia. This goes back to my Identity Proof: “The ability to perceive is non-existent if something cannot be what it is separate from perceiving it.” For example, before I met you I did not know that you exist, but nonetheless you still existed. Your existence does not depend on whether I do or do not perceive it. You are who you are whether I perceive you as that or not. The same applies for God. According to this proof, if God exists, he exists independent of any witness to his existence, and therefore does not depend on that witness to continue in his existence. Does this not then prove that something can be justifiably fearsome by reason of its existence alone, even if I don’t perceive that existence? Yes, the Identity Proof does prove that possibility. However, if I don’t perceive that fearsome existence, I have no real knowledge of what to fear, therefore I cannot fear it.

      My second question is this: is it possible to know of God’s existence and yet not intimately know him? Yes, it is not only possible but is also Biblically stated as fact: the very heavens declare the glory of God; they are part of the evidence that irrefutably points toward God’s existence. If one follows the evidence that exists within every aspect of Creation, one will see that Creation irrefutably points to an all powerful Creator, i.e. God, the God of the Bible. And yet simultaneously, unless Jesus Christ resides within our heart, we may know of God, yet not know God intimately. “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” [John 1:9-13]

      My third question is this: is it possible to not know of God? No, it is not. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” [Romans 1:18-20 NASB] We are part of Creation, and therefore, according to this passage of scripture, God reveals himself in our human design. At the most basic deep level, every human being is aware of God.

      Thus far, we resolved that something exists independent of external witness; we do know of God’s existence; and therefore it is not, by default, pointless to fear God, because he is not unknown to us but known of, at the very least. This necessarily moves the argument to the final question, question four. Post elaboration, sentence three: “If you have no fear of what you do know, then either your lack of it is really justified, or it is birthed by the numbed condition of your denial.” Is our lack of fear for God really justified, or is it birthed by the numbed condition of our denial?

      At its most basic and undiluted essence, fear is the inner warning to avoid death at all cost. When allowed to fully enter one’s consciousness, fear itself can kill the human body by shock. The body cannot withstand fully manifested fear for long until the heart simply quits. For this very reason, we try at all cost to avoid fully manifested fear. Apart from Christ living within our heart, it is impossible to allow our natural inner knowledge of God’s reality to fully manifest within our conscious mind, and yet not experience a profound, life-threatening fear. It is a fear so frightfully strong, that if left unresolved we would immediately die of physical heart failure. There are only two ways to deal with this fear: accept Jesus Christ into our heart (thus immediately replacing that fear with indescribable lasting peace and an awesome reverence for God), and second, prevent that fear altogether by denying God’s existence. Although the latter prevents an immediate physical threat, it also blinds us to something far more dangerous than physical death – God’s justified wrath for our sin against him. Except that Jesus Christ enters into our heart and forgives our sin, thus satisfying God’s wrath, God will someday sentence our immortal soul to eternal torment, where it will exist apart from his life-giving presence forever.

      Therefore, because God is known to us, and because God’s wrath poses an unimagined real threat to those who do not intimately know him, then “not fearing God” is not justified.

      “Fear of the unknown is pointless. Fear of the known is either pointless or it is justified.”

      Lance, I know this is not new to you, but I wanted to show you the reasoning behind my assertion that this post is universally true for all things. Thanks for plowing through it.

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