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353. Alethephobia – Fear of Hearing the Truth

Posted by John Smith on September 29, 2017

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Acts 24:24-25 NKJV  And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.  (25)  Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”

 “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”  In essence they found truth or heard truth, but quickly chose to ignore it instead of taking action because of it.  The main reason people do this is fear.  They are afraid of the responsibility that comes with the Truth they hear and how this truth impact their life.  They fear what the truth means for them.

Alethephobia is the fear of hearing the truth.  Not to be confused with veritaphobia, which is the fear of telling the truth.  Felix, the governor of Judea, had heard the reports about Jesus and the message that His followers shared and had a general understanding of what Christians believed.  But as Paul shared the In Him realities of how a relationship with Christ impacted ones righteousness, nature, and eternity, Felix became terrified.  He recognized that what Paul was saying was true and it scared him.  It frightened him because he knew that meant that for him to embrace this faith would be the end of his governorship and many would no longer respect him.

People often fear and hate the disclosure of truth, because it carries with it and self-perceived insult to their own narcissism (narcissistic insults).  Although they see a plain reality, it offends their ego.  So in effort to avoid the bruised ego and the fear of that it means, they hold onto their previous ideas for dear life, limiting the extent of both their intellect and their personal freedom.  They choose to be in bondage to a lie, instead of freed by the truth.

Some Christians do this too.  They selectively hear certain divine truths, while carefully avoiding others that challenge their personal comfort zone or compel them to take action.  The Lord wants to help you grow and walk in all the freedom he died to provide you.  John 1:1 calls Jesus the Word and John 17:17 tells us His Word is truth.  So the Lord will speak truth to you through His Spirit, His Word, and even His people that will challenge how you see Him, the world, or even (gulp) YOURSELF.

When you find yourself hearing things that makes you uncomfortable, search them out.  Examine it and make sure it says what you are hearing and that it isn’t being twisted in some way (Oh and make sure you don’t twist and try to rationalize the Scripture either), ask for clarification or further teaching instead of trying to ignore it, and then act on the truth.  The truth about ourselves is often hard to hear and can be scary, but it is necessary for us to live truly free. Don’t fear hearing the truth.

 

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319. The Gospel Message Will Free You From Fear

Posted by John Smith on January 27, 2017

the-gospel-and-fear-1024x657Mark 10:32 NKJV  Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:

Jesus and His disciples were traveling to Jerusalem for what Jesus knew to be the last time.  The disciples were committed to follow Him and though they were accompanying Him, they were amazed by the readiness and cheerfulness of Jesus at traveling to a city where He has so much opposition and so many powerful enemies.  Though Jesus was fearlessly leading the way the disciples became increasingly afraid the closer they came to Jerusalem.  “Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:”

In ministering to His now fearful disciples, Jesus instructed them about the plan of God for the redemption of mankind.  He taught them from the Scripture prophecies that foretold of the events about to unfold in His suffering, death by crucifixion and subsequent resurrection from the dead. This was Jesus’ method to address their fears… He boldly told them He would die.  Thankfully, He also told them He would raise again.  He preached to them the good news of the Gospel.

We live in turbulent times for sure.  New threats and terrors are occurring daily in the world around us, but like Jesus’ first disciples our Lord Has sought to silence our fears with His Word.

He told us that the world would become increasingly volatile, that wars and race conflicts, natural disasters and terror would regularly occur (Matt 24) as signs of His return.  The Bible tells us of the early churches persecutions and we see a rise in the persecution of the Church of today as well, but He doesn’t want us to fear.  And the answer to the fears we face today is the same answer that He gave to His disciples on that last trip to Jerusalem.  The answer is the Gospel.

It is the Gospel of Christ that allows us to boldly and fearlessly walk in turbulent times.  Jesus suffered, was crucified, and rose again rescuing us from death, redeeming us from sin.  When we place our faith in Him our eternity is secured and peace is found.  Because of what Jesus has done for you and me and the promises found in the Word to reside in peace no matter the external storm we can live fearless in life.  Maybe it’s time to take some time aside with the Lord and allow God the Holy Spirit, our teacher to review all He’s done and secured for us through Christ.  The Gospel Message will free you from fear.  Fear Not!

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