Ok, let’s admit it, we all do it, even me. We see a totally awesome Facebook post, and we just have to re-post/share it.
I mean, come on, this one is Christian after all!
Well, I must be a skeptic at heart, as much as I hate to admit it, (just ask Kimberly, I argue all the time – sorry sweetie. I love you!)
But due to my nature, I reverted to a favorite quote of mine I found some time ago:
“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” – Abraham Lincoln
So, off to research. The best way to confirm this is to, uh, read the Bible? Ok, so I can’t quite complete that reading this morning. So, I revert to some trusted websites and Bible Search programs I use. Unfortunately, the exact phrase “Do not be afraid” is in fact not quoted per se 365 in any of the translations that I used (it appers 70 in NIV, 48 in NKJV, 33 in ESV….). HOWEVER, there are more than 500 references to ‘fear’ and ‘afraid’ in the Bible.
Because of so many translations and paraphrases of the concept “afraid,” it is practically difficult to prove or disprove this claim. Therefore, in the great tradition of Mythbusters (one of Wesley’s favorite TV shows – which I know is not quite entirely factual and 100% scientific either), I claim the result of “Plausible.” I will not Bust this, nor Confirm the saying. I will however, agree with the concept: DO NOT BE AFRAID!
So I leave you today and with the beginning of 2014 a passage to remember from Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV):
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Happy New Year to ALL! . . . and the truth is told: our Lord God has told us repeatedly to not be afraid!!
– side note – in case you didn’t read closely the quote from Abe Lincoln above, I found it on the internet 🙂