Do you see fear, insecurity and intolerance as a huge problem and if so, why?
Yes, I see those as problems, but I also see "over-security" (thinking more highly of one-self) as an equally big problem. People who think too highly of themselves often also think too little of others. As a result, they operate in ways that are essentially their own little world. They may not be complete narcissists (people who lack conscience completely), but they have more narcissism in them than is healthy.
SOME fear, SOME insecurity, and SOME intolerance may have roots in someone else's having "too much narcissism than is healthy". Sometimes the same thing is reason for someone's OWN fear, insecurity, intolerance, or whatever other weaknesses they have.
Of course, sometimes fear, insecurity, and intolerance are just drummed into people by someone else, intentionally or unintentionally.
All these negative emotions come with the human experience. It is how we deal with them that decides whether or not they will become problems.
They all signal that there is something uncomfortable in our space. The negative emotions are just the symptoms.
They become problems when we surrender to them, allow them to control us, and then spend our time fighting them. When we fight them, they win and become a part of us--big problem!
On the other hand, If we discover what cause them, deal with them at the source, and fix what we can fix, we can actually grow using them as stepping stones. Divine help is necessary, and sometimes professional help as well, but these experiences can certainly produce long-term progress instead of long-term problems.
Our ancestors lived in a world where they were at risk of attack and murder by other humans for food they'd stored, killed by wild animals for food. Our instincts to look out for constant danger go back to that time, while civilized society has a much lower murder rate, and accidents kill more than murder does (barring wars).
Fear and insecurity are therefore part of human nature, and it translates into more generic stress for many because we aren't having to literally run for our lives once in a while.
Intolerance is a major problem for the West right now, with the rise of a fascist left that (ironically in the name of tolerance) seeks to deny freedom of speech, freedom of assembly if you don't agree with them, freedom of religion (if your faith doesn't agree with them), and is now actively assaulting people who don't virtue signal.
And the left is seeing a true fascist movement in social justice warriors. BLM protestors screaming at people in libraries, several actual assaults after white guys didn't agree with them in a restaurant, SJW hate mobs seeking to strip people of their reputations and careers for not apologizing for expressing opinions they disagree with, no-platforming major liberal icons for not being in lockstep with a laundry list of ideas that grows longer and more extreme each day, threatening violence (to physically attack) Trump supporters by associating ideas with violence.
This intolerance on the left is even more insidious because you see people not acting out of actual offense but bullying others in the name of various groups. There's no defense, and if you try to defend yourself verbally or physically, they blame you.
A lot here, Tamara. One feels inclined to empathise while at the same time knowing or experiencing some of what you say. How can we address this? What can we do? About the abbreviations. If not offensive, make them clearer. Appreciate your input.
True liberals and conservatives need to rise against the fascism on the left, which is intolerant of diversity of opinions in the name of tolerance. Social justice warriors want to end free speech in the name of feelings of only certain groups.
Tamara, as a non-American I sometimes feel that life is complex for you guys. I mean, so many issues! Many of the things I read on HP are not on the surface in the UK. Still, the history of the U.S struggle is different. Yes, my themes seem to be big
Yes, these "emotions" are "huge problems," IF one is not in Christ! However, "IF Christ dwells within you" - No Problem! The problem is, MOST don't "BELIEVE" all of His Word rather take it upon themselves to "fix the problem" without the "Help" of the Holy Spirit!
Let's see what the "Creator" (GOD) of the universe has to say about these "emotions" vs what "man" says:
I. "Fear:" Fear and anxiety are two "emotional" tools used by Satan! If one "BELIEVES" in His Word, we MUST "stand" on what HE has said! Isaiah 41:10 tells us "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee: yea, I will help thee with the right hand of my righteousness." "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me..."(Psalm 23:4)! WOW! If we would "stand" on His Word, "Believing" in what HE has said, we would KNOW "No weapon (Satan) formed against me will prosper" (Isaiah 54:17)!
II. "Insecurity:" When we feel "insecure" it only displays our lack of confidence and trust in what GOD has said (unbelief). Obviously, another "emotional" tool used by Satan! "In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence" (Ephesians 3:12). "But blessed is the one who trusts the LORD, whose confidence is in him" (Jeremiah 17:7)! We can then "...come "Boldly" unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
III. "Intolerance:" GOD is an "Intolerant" GOD so why aren't we? "Thou shalt have NO OTHER gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). This is what the "Creator" of the universe said! The GOD of Abraham, Issac and Jacob! So why do we "worship" other gods?
His saying was also "carried over" into the NEW COVENANT in which He said (speaking through Paul as HE spoke through The Prophets) "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be "ACCURSED." As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be "ACCURSED" (Galatians 1:8-9)!
This is what GOD (The Creator of the universe, the GOD of Abraham, Issac and Jacob) has said!
IT IS WRITTEN!
Much gratitude for all your contributions here. Thank you all.
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