Chapter

The Power of Fear

Bernard Cooke

in Power and the Spirit of God

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195174519
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174518.003.0003
 The Power of Fear

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Throughout history, fear has been one of the most powerful instruments of control. Whether real or imagined, the threats of military force, of public disgrace, of financial ruin, and of divine punishment have all been used to motivate or discourage action. Politicians, teachers, parents, religious leaders have all used fear to encourage or discourage certain activity. Oppressive governments have kept populations in submission through propaganda to instill fear. One of the most prevalent experiences of fear is fear of change – the threat of an uncertain future. Christianity teaches that one of the key elements in Jesus’ work of salvation was freeing humans from fear by proclaiming a God of compassion whose Spirit works against fear and assures human hope in the future.

Keywords: change; Christianity; Jesus; fear; parents; religious leaders; salvation; submission; teachers

Chapter.  7693 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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