- Mankind's Greatest Foe
first of all, let me assert my firm belief
that the only thing to fear is fear itself
- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified
Franklin D. Roosevelt
number of recent news stories highlighted
the growing fear by many people, due to
the increase of terrorism, world
disasters, war, tsunamis, terrorist
attacks, earthquakes and world viruses and
is a Universal Enemy
& anxiety is a universal enemy and
certainly not a new enemy. Fear had its
beginning with Adam's rebellion and fall,
in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve
had disobeyed God's directive to them,
fear entered their hearts.
Adam said, I heard Thy voice in the
garden, and I was afraid, because I am
naked; and I hid myself." (Genesis
the last days "Men's Hearts will fail
them for fear"
the slavish tentacles of fear are
spreading and increasing in intensity is
also prophetical. Jesus declared that in
the last days "men's hearts will fail
them for fear..." (Luke 21:26)
leading cause of death is heart disease
leading cause of death is heart disease.
People are suffering from strain, anxiety
and stress is adversely affecting a large
number of men and women. Alcohol
consumption, drug abuse and anxiety
attacks are increasing, all contributing
to heart disease!
is # 2 leading cause of death - Fear is a
is the No. 2 killer and medical science
believes "fear" is a contributor
- because it constricts the vessels
carrying blood to affected areas.
smoking is a major cause of heart disease
and sickness, but why do people smoke?
Often, because they are uptight, nervous,
anxious and afraid!
is the "Enemy" Among Us
is "the enemy" among us and is
taking a tremendous toll; psychologically,
economically, domestically and physically!
As well as politically, both nationally
and world wide!
hinders growth in business, impedes
academic progress, breaks up families and
keeps people out of church!
is often the cause of strife, worry,
bitterness, resentment, jealousy and
hatred - but fear can be conquered and
driven out of our lives!
years ago, USA President Herbert
Hoover stated: "The dominant emotion
everywhere in the world is FEAR. This
applies to every part of human activities
- finance, industry, farmers, workers,
thinkers and government officials."
ATLANTIC CHARTER - USA President Roosevelt
drawn up by US
President Theodore Roosevelt and
is still heralded as one of history's
greatest documents, championing the common
liberties of mankind.
contained four essential freedoms: freedom
from want, freedom
from fear, freedom
of speech and freedom of religion!
York City's Dr. David Mitchell declared,
humans are born with only two fears; sound
of a sudden noise, and unexpected removal
of support or falling!
are however many unreal, imagined and
unreasonable fears, which plague mankind.
These, we must reject in order to enjoy
good mental health and peace of mind!
believe that the lower central part of the
brain called the thalamus
is the center of all emotions; this is
where fearful thoughts issue from. The
nerve center is also where affection and
love are born.
is therefore important that we sort out
our thoughts and allow only those that are
sane, sensible, wholesome and truthful
stay in our minds.
Bible says: "As he thinketh in his
heart, so is he".
St. Paul admonished: "Whatsoever
things are true, honest, just, pure,
lovely and of good report...think on these
things". (Philippians 4:8)
- There are more than 40 documented
are more than 40 phobias
that harass humanity today - from
ailurophobes (the fear of cats) to
zoophobia (the fear of animals in
general). And there is healing for
everyone - through faith in Jesus Christ -
and some old-fashioned common sense.
CHRIST CAN HEAL YOUR FEARS & PHOBIAS
IF YOU JUST TRUST IN HIM
Bible says, "For God has not given us
the spirit of fear, but of love, power and
a sound mind". (2 Timothy 1:7)
Roosevelt stated, "The only thing
we have to fear, is fear itself",
and the Bible says, "...perfect
love casts out all fears."(1 John
is the opposite of fear? It is faith and
faith brings us peace and tranquility!
said, "Peace I leave with you, My
peace I give to you; not as the world
gives do I give to you. Let not your heart
be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Bible says, "Therefore, having
been justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through Whom also we have access by faith
into this grace in which we stand, and
rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
perfect love removes all fears, it is good
to know that God is love and His love has
reached out to us through the sacrifice of
Jesus Christ on the cross for us!
because He arose from the dead and is not
only the testator but the executor of His
own will - through the Holy Spirit - we
are assured of His total peace and healing
for spirit, soul (mind) and body!
CHRIST - THE WORLD'S GREATEST PHILOSOPHER
as ye would that men should do to you, do
ye also to them likewise." (Luke
George W. Bush, while campaigning for the
Republican primaries (Feb. 2000) made a
very profound statement, more
intellectually brilliant than many of the
theologians, philosophers and politicians
which I have studied for the past 40
ASKED GEORGE BUSH WHO WAS THE GREATEST
PHILOSOPHER - He replied, "Jesus
asked by reporters, "Who do you
consider the greatest
philosopher"? He answered,
"Christ. He changed my
BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE GREATEST
have often used those very same
words. I have often stated
unequivocally that the 'philosophies of
Jesus' are unparalleled and incomparable
to any other philosopher or religious
GREAT PHILOSOPHER JESUS AND HIS PARABLE ON
THE GOOD SAMARITAN
yourself: "Could anyone improve upon
His parable of the 'Good Samaritan' which
He used to lecture the lawyer who asked,
"Who is my neighbor?" The answer
is, ‘certainly not!"
- THE GREEK PHILOSOPHER
look at the statements and actions of some
of the so-called great philosophers we
have had to study over the years: Plato
(427-348 B.C.) Greek Philosopher - a
student of Socrates, a Greek teacher of
wisdom and ethics - in 375 B.C. stated:
men & women should be forbidden by law
to live together in separate households
and all women should be common to all men.
Similarly, all children should be held in
common. No parent should know its child or
child its parent."
WAS A WARPED & TWISTED PHILOSOPHER - HOW COULD THIS SO CALLED GREAT PHILOSOPHER
BE TRUSTED ON OPINIONS OF GOD, EXISTENCE,
LIFE, DEATH OR AFTER-LIFE
you heard of anything so warped, wanton
& twisted, coming from the pen of a
so-called brilliant philosopher? Without
doubt, Plato was a deviant and pervert of
the first degree!
reading such a carnal, lustful and immoral
statement about the sacred state of
marriage, love and family, how could
anyone trust his opinions about God,
existence, the purpose of life, death or
the 'afterlife'! The teaching of
Socrates, who advocated that "virtue is
wisdom", was most certainly lost on his
GREAT PHILOSOPHER - JESUS CHRIST HAD A LOT
TO SAY ABOUT LIFE!
said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the
Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by
Me." (John 14:6) He stated,
(devil) cometh not but to steal, kill and
destroy. I am come that ye might have life
and have it more abundantly." (John
unto others as you would have them do unto
you" and "Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart...and they
neighbor as thyself".
RUSSELL - PHILOSOPHER - WHY I AM NOT A
Russell: This supposedly brilliant
philosopher lived to be almost 100 years
of age and died as an unbeliever. And,
that is sad! He wrote the book, 'Why I
am Not a Christian', even after having
had the privilege of reading the greatest
of all books, the Holy Bible, which is the
Word of God.
GREAT PHILOSOPHER JESUS CHRIST
- Philosophy on Eternal Life
Christ declared: "Search the Scriptures
for in them ye think ye have eternal life,
and they are they which testify of
Me." (John 5:39), and St. Paul stated that
"the Scriptures are able to make thee
wise unto salvation." (2 Timothy 3:15)
He spoke about Eternal Life: "For God so
loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
Him should not perish but have everlasting
life." (John 3:16)
CANNOT COMPARE A GREAT PHILOSOPHER LIKE
JESUS TO OTHER PHILOSOPHERS
cannot compare Jesus Christ, the Son of
God, with a spiritual illiterate like
Bertrand Russell, who at an advanced age -
when he should have known better - allegedly dispensed advise about loosening
our moral codes to give more license to
irresponsible to give such advice to a
generation of young people - who were
already ‘chomping at the bit’ to
kick-over-the-traces sexually, causing
broken hearts, broken homes, aborted
babies and untold suffering for so many
for years to come!
say, "There's no fool like an old
fool" and I say, "There is no fool
like an old philosopher."
any pointy headed university professor,
seminary theologian or media talking-head
to come up with a better philosophy than
the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which changes
hearts and lives for the better!
GREAT PHILOSOPHER JESUS REGULARLY QUOTED
LAW, PSALMS & THE PROPHETS!
stated, "The heart is deceitful above
all things, and desperately wicked
(incurably sick): who can know it?"
(Jeremiah 17:9; Eccl. 9:3) And Jesus
declared, "For from within, out of the
heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts,
covetousness, wickedness, deceit,
lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy,
pride, foolishness." (Mark 7:21,22)
stated: "Repent, and turn yourselves
from all your transgressions...A new heart
also will I give you, and a new spirit
will I put within you: and I will take
away the stony heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you a heart of flesh.
will put My Spirit within you, and cause
you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall
keep My judgements, and do them."
(Ezekiel 18:31; 36:26,27)
Paul says: "Therefore, if any man be in
Christ Jesus, he is a new creation;
behold, old things are passed away; all
things become new." (2 Corinthians
5:17) Jesus Christ is not only the Saviour
of the world, the Great Physician and
Healer of broken hearts, minds and
families, but He is also the greatest
Teacher and dispenser of Wisdom and
Understanding this world will ever know!
PHILOSOPHIES OF JESUS - JESUS WAS THE
WORLD'S GREATEST PHILOSOPHER AND WORLD'S
is true, not only was Jesus the greatest
Philosopher but he was also the world's
greatest teacher. Jesus changes
hearts and lives today! And isn't that
what everyone hopes and longs for? By the
Person of the blessed Holy Spirit, Jesus
Christ is reaching out even now to bring
forgiveness, love, peace, joy &
healing to each one of us at this very
moment! He said, "Come unto Me, all ye
who labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
GREAT PHILOSOPHER JESUS WAS DIFFERENT THAN
OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Bible says: "And it came to pass, when
He had ended these saying, the people were
astonished at His doctrine: For He taught
them as one having authority, and not as
the scribes." (Matthew 7: 28, 29)
"Let them alone. They be blind leaders
of the blind. And if the blind lead the
blind, both shall fall in the
ditch." (Matthew 15: 14)
their hypocrisy, He warned: "Except your
righteousness exceed the righteousness of
the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no
case enter the kingdom of heaven."
(Matthew 5: 20)
admonished the multitude: "All therefore
whatsoever they bid you observe, that
observe and do; but do not after their
works: for they say and do not." (Matthew 23:3) Jesus hated
hypocrisy, saying that we should practice
what we preach!
detested legalism and man made moral laws
that were unfair: "For they bind heavy
burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay
them on men's shoulders; but they
themselves" will not lift a finger to
Pride is an abomination in
God's sight, He charged: "But all
their works they do to be seen of men:
they make broad their phylacteries, and
enlarge the border of their garments, and
they love the uppermost seats in the
THE GREAT PHILOSOPHER ADVOCATED HUMILITY
advocated humility: "He that is greatest
among you, shall be your servant. And
whosoever shall exalt himself shall be
abased; and he that shall humble himself
shall be exalted." (Matthew 23: 4-12)
PHILOSOPHY OF JESUS ON LOVE &
WAS MOVED BY COMPASSION!
great love and compassion was anchored in
truth He knew Who He was, why He had come
and what His mission was! He stated:
am come to seek an to save that which is
lost." (Luke 19:10)
Bible says: "For this purpose the Son of
God was manifested, that He might destroy
the works of the devil." (1 John
Jesus went about all the cities and
villages teaching in their synagogues, and
preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and
healing every sickness and every disease
among the people. But when He saw
the multitudes, He was moved with
compassion on them, because they were
scattered abroad as sheep having no
shepherd." (Matthew 9:35. 36)
shook the consciences of His religious
adversaries when he stated: "Ye have
heard that it hath been said, Thou shall
love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you, do good to them
that hate you, and pray for them which
despitefully use you, and persecute
you." (Matthew 5: 43, 43)
GREAT PHILOSOPHER JESUS - WHY SHOULD WE
THOSE WHO HATE US?
the great philosopher gave us a powerful
philosophy on why we should love people
who hate us. Jesus Christ
gives us the answer: "That ye may be
children of your Father which is in
heaven: for He maketh His sun to shine on
the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain
on the just and on the unjust."
we love only those who love us, we are no
better that the drunk who loves his fellow
drunks, the mafia members who love only
their own 'families' or the Islamic
Jihad terrorists who hate all Christians
and Jews, and love only their own select
group of Arabs and Muslims!
must we love even our enemies? We are
followers of the Nazarene, the Jewish
Messiah and the world's only Saviour,
God's Son Who was incarnated (God in
human flesh) so that He could die for our
sins on a rugged cross on Golgotha's hill!
John stated: "Beloved, let us love one
another: for love is of God: and every one
that loveth is born of God. He that loveth
not knoweth not God; for God is love. In
this was manifested the love of God toward
us, because that God sent His only
begotten Son into the world, that we might
live through Him.
is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the
propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one
another. We love Him because He first
loved us." (I John 4: 7-11, 19).
fallacy in the teachings of Islam states
that Allah loves only those who love him.
If that is true, we serve very different
Gods, for the true God the God of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob - loves us all so much,
that He sent His Son to procure our
salvation, through His all-atoning Blood
that was shed for us! And He commands us
to love one another!
that's the bottom line!