Faith and fear, a la Joel Osteen

“Faith and fear have something in common. They both ask us to believe something will happen that we cannot see.” —Joel Osteen

Why is it so easy to accept fear-based dire predictions, but so difficult to believe in faith-based hope?

Why is there such societal pressure to go with fear instead of faith? Why are we so resistant to the idea of looking like a hopeful fool?

Joel Osteen has a point. Maybe the odds are 50/50 in any given situation? Maybe we should run with the faith option instead of succumbing to the grip of fear?

Why not?

Maybe we’ll end up saying “I had faith that would happen,” instead of “I was afraid that would happen.” 

Photo by Donald L. Smith © 2014

“Onward” by Donald Smith © 2014

 

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About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on January 30, 2015, in Arlene Smith, Arlene Somerton Smith, Belief, good faith, Gratitude, How do you define success?, Inspiration, life, Living life to the fullest, modern faith, progressive christianity, quote, religion, spirit and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The positive versus the negative. I’ve always warmed more to preachers/clergy who taught me to walk the good walk out of love God instead of fear of hell.

  2. A very good point….we are fans of Osteen.

    Greetings from sunny warm NZ Murray

    Sent from my iPad Murray

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