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A Haiku - Safety

Updated on February 24, 2015

How safe do you feel? More safe, or less?

An added attraction at Olympic Park outside Park City, Utah.  The fun is the excitement of pushing your limits....safely.
An added attraction at Olympic Park outside Park City, Utah. The fun is the excitement of pushing your limits....safely. | Source

A Haiku - Safety

Early Christians feared.

Not all ended well at first

Faith saw them through though..

Where is safety to be found?

It's my birthday this month, and in a lifetime of living I can honestly say I have not experienced unmanageable fear.

Walking across a wet and slippery log some twenty-five feet in the air above water was not fear-filled, nor were my experiences in the Vietnam War, nor were forays into jungle and slums.

What must it have been like for the early Christians, and for those today being persecuted and put to death for their beliefs? One option, then and now, has been to deny Christ. During the infamous Inquisition some Christians were boiled in oil, burned at the stake, and otherwise brutally tortured for their beliefs in the similarly distorted belief that causing the victims to succumb to another set of beliefs could force them to save their souls.

Such extreme tests of any Christian's deep-seated beliefs is the ultimate test of a believer in Christ.

All Christians can ask themselves the question at the heart of such tests: would I deny Christ in order to save my mortal life at the possible sacrifice of eternal life?

Christians under Roman emperors faced the same question and were brutalized in horrendous ways, if they would not consider that those human emperors were the self-proclaimed gods they claimed Christians must worship while denying the one true God..

Yet the church survived to this day and will survive today's tests. The love of God is more to be desired than the acceptance of mere men, and making and publishing such ungodly assassinations does nothing to change that fact.

Where is safety to be found? Not only in prepared defenses, but also in resolute defense of one's beliefs.

May God bless all His children with the sure knowledge that they are eternally safe in His love, and in Christ's redemption.


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© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


Practice safety first, but nothing we do is perfectly safe.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - God helps those who help themselves and pray to Him for the rest. Blessings on you and on Latvians.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I put my safety in the hands of the Lord and do as the Bible says which is to look out for myself.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      annart - Following the inspiratin of the Holy Ghost is critical, and to have that inspiration one must live worthy of that companionship. There is safety in living the gospel that one can find nowhere else. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love, power, and of a sound mind to see us through mortality and back to Him.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Safety is to be desired but we can only appreciate it if we know what it's like to feel fear. Having faith goes a long way to feeling safe and allaying fears.

      Your hub is encouraging and supportive.