lb made a comment on “Movie Recommendation” and the reference to “Aintsobad’s” post on “Nat Tracy.” I thought it so well put to see the issue pressed further I had to include it for those who do not read the comments made on this blog. Great job lb.
Remember 9/11 when people lined up at gas stations for fear there would be no more fuel? What were they thinking, that one tank full would last them forever? The only real thing it accomplished was that it allowed some unscrupulous station owners an opportunity to price gouge.
My point is that fear cause us to act irrationally, and I know you are making a slightly different point . But yet when fear is the motivator for many things, they never turn out as well as when there are other motivators.
For one, fear can pass. If fear keeps you going to church, as time passes you get more comfortable in your life and if that was what kept you in church, then it will cease to motivate. Or if guilt keeps you coming to church, eventually you will realize you can never be good enough and possibly give up. But if you rely on Grace then you can be free from the hold of guilt and fear and freely express your love for God, by showing love to others. Aren’t we being a little self centered (when you really break it down), when we are afraid or guilty? If that is true then aren’t fear mongers really playing on our selfishness?