Two Faces of Fear


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The Bible presents us with an apparent conflict when it comes to God and fear. On one hand, we’re instructed to fear God. On the other, we’re told, fear not, and that we may come boldly to the throne of grace. There can be a healthy fear, and there is an unhealthy fear. What is fear? Is it dread, terror? It is not an easy concept. How can we be sure that we know what we are talking about when we speak of emotional concepts like fear?