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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

70- Fear

 

St-Takla.org Image: Fear, shadow and a hand, silhouette, shape. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الخوف، خيال مع يد، شكل صورة ظلية.

St-Takla.org Image: Fear, shadow and a hand, silhouette, shape.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الخوف، خيال مع يد، شكل صورة ظلية.

6-Fear

Fear weakens the faith and a weak faith leads to fear. Saint Peter, the great apostle, denied Jesus, when he feared. He insulted, cursed and swore that he didn't know the man (Matt 26:74), and thus his faith weakened. Jesus told him before that I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail. (Luke 22:32).

Many lose their faith due to fear, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. That is why Revelation puts the cowards at the top of the list of perishers, and said But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. (Rev. 21:8). The

placement of the cowardly before the non-believers can mean that the cowardly, due to their fear, became non-believers.

Pontius Pilate believed, deep within, that Jesus of Nazareth was innocent of the charges set against Him by the Jews. He was confident that the Jews handed Him due to envy. He tried to set Him free and said about Him this Holy person... but finally he submitted to his weakness, and presented Jesus to be crucified because he was afraid the people would say about him that he was against Caesar...

As for the spiritual person, he doesn't lose his faith at all because he doesn't fear... From the matters that also weaken the faith is:


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