10 Things I Learned When I Became A Christian: (#5) Be Scared All The Time


It’s a non-ending message of fear and that’s really something I learned once I became a Christian. Every incident in the world ties to the “End Times”, every decision you make can somehow lead to “Hell” (if you’re not careful). You can’t even trust your own thoughts they say. Your friends may be agents working for the devil and your entertainment a distraction from God, so be careful and don’t love any activity you do too much, don’t be too happy (be on guard you are in danger).

It’s amazing how scared everyone is in the church of everything around them, beware of TV, science, medicine, friends, the government, your family, the list is huge. It reminds me of how the news tries to keep you scared by flashing “Alert” all the time. I’ve listed a few of the types of fears I learned below.


“The End Time Is Near So Be Scared” — This one renews every year, trust me I’ve been watching since Reagan was in office. Any event on TV with a noticeable level of destruction, (especially weather events), signifies that we are getting closer to the end time. If there is an earthquake, “BEWARE”, the time is near. Every military battle is a part of prophecy so “get ready”. Every president is the Antichrist, so “be on guard”. Beware the mark, which at this point is everything given how many things the mark has been over the years.

I saw a young man with a pregnant wife quit his job and then empty his bank account to purchase pamphlets to pass out to people, warning them that the end of the world was about to happen. This all happened because his preacher had him, (and many others), convinced that the rapture was about to occur, and he knew the exact date. His wife was sitting on the couch crying, not because he emptied his bank account or that he quit his job, but rather that her child would never grow up to see the world.

It goes without saying that the world moved on uninterrupted.


“Hell Is Waiting, So Be Scared” — I have watched people make terrible decisions because someone threatened them with the possibility of hell.

Imagine being in an abusive relationship with your spouse beating you but you can’t leave because you might go to hell for getting a divorce. It’s a very effective tool for the few to control the many. Meanwhile, those who use it don’t seem to fear it, given their behavior.


“You’re Evil So Be Scared” — This is the trickiest of the fears because it’s “You vs You”. They spend time drilling it into your head that you can’t trust your thoughts. That almost everything you do is evil and of the devil. The TV shows you watch or how often you watch them, the food you eat, what you wear, where you go, what you do for fun, what you think, who you’re with, there is no end to it.

Every day is like a minefield or possibilities that can doom you for all eternity. The stress of it is ridiculous.


“Everyone Else Is Against God So Be Scared” — This one is very easy to understand. Those who are not Christian are lost and controlled by the devil, you can’t hang out with your old friends because they will drag you down and then you could lose your eternal life or as I like to call it (more fear). Stay away from worldly places because you could lose your life in sin (more fear). Stay away from worldly people such as scientist, counselors, teachers and so on. Pretty much everything may be dangerous and has the potential to eat your soul.

The funny part is that your job is safe, (because of money). No need to worry about those people at work because “they are just fine”. They aren’t a bad influence even though you are at work more hours than anywhere else. Global companies making billions while they use up the bulk of your time are “OK” because they give you money. That money is needed because the church “Needs Money” to do God’s work so your job is a blessed place.

Another group that’s safe is politicians. They can literally do no evil if they are in the same party as your church. Your friends could sneeze and jeopardize your soul, but politicians could steal babies and still be a blessing. It’s sick!


The conclusion I came to is that churches have an agenda so I stopped listening to them and started reading the bible.

A strange thing happened… all the fear they pushed just melted away:

1 John 4:18 — 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

I saw my real value:

1 Timothy 4:4 — For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

Psalm 139:14 — 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

No more doom and gloom about the future:

Revelation 21:4 — He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

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41 comments

  1. I think you’re conclusion is correct. We should not be living in fear, but be trusting Yah/God. I have heard ‘the end/rapture/tribulation etc., is about to happen/on this date’ so many times, I just ignore it.

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  2. That pretty much sums it up. The absurdities of being overreligious! (LOL)

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  3. I just started to question everything…wondering if I was wrong or right in everyday things…On one hand you are told to stay away from Worldly people but on the other hand, you are told to help people who are lost… to do that you have to associate with them.
    I have found a middle ground that I live. I will not push it on anyone though.
    when it was pushed on me I rejected it until I found it myself…if that makes sense.

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  4. “1 Timothy 4:4 — 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,”

    Then it logically follows that Christians must also be thankful for pestilence, famine, natural disasters, despots, murderers, thieves, child molesters and rapists, too — n’est-ce pas? Because according to the scriptures, the supreme mover created all the evil and calamity that befalls mankind, as well. (See: Isaiah 45:7, Ecclesiastes 7:13-14, and Amos 3:6)

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    • Interesting response! I want to look at all of them but I think I will start with rape.

      Rape is an action committed by a person to another person not a creation. Creation and action are not the same thing. 1 Timothy 4:4 only speaks to things created not acts committed by people.

      I’m not convinced by your view on this first part since it doesn’t fit what was said.

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      • Well, God created the rapist — right? And per per Psalm 139:14, God’s works are wonderful.

        To be clear, if God is posited as the author of all things, then all things — be they good or bad — become attributable to God.

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        • Even a more interesting response!

          Are you saying that if a person commits an act of rape, then the parents of said person should be held liable?

          I’m curious.

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          • No, because Psalm 139:13 states that God created our innermost being in the womb. and Psalm 139:15-16 further asserts that God has pre-ordained our entire life’s actions prior to birth. Which means that God exercises complete control over all human behavior.

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            • You Stated — “Which means that God exercises complete control over all human behavior.”

              My Response — Ah… you are the type that believes in predestined fate (in context of the conversation, not personal belief).

              You base predestined fate on this verse you cited:
              Psalm 139:15-16
              15 My frame was not hidden from you
              when I was made in the secret place,
              when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
              16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
              all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

              So the verse states that a person was seen being made, and that everyday that was elevated before said individual was recorded in a book.

              It doesn’t say anything about controlling said individual. It strongly suggests that there is zero privacy for said person but I don’t see any verbiage about controlling that person.

              I don’t see any reference to what you are suggesting but I still find it interesting that you see knowing an outcome as being the same as controlling the outcome.

              I’m not convinced but I am intrigued, I would need more clarification.

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              • It’s not my belief, so much as it’s an informed opinion based on what is written within the texts. In Roman’s 9, Paul states that we are all pawns in God’s cosmic chess game.

                “It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh: ‘I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.” (9:17)

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                • Kings often say one child will rule over the other, that’s easy to understand but you are stating that there is a dotted line from who is given authority in advance to brain control.

                  I am really not convinced that a person assigned to be in charge is mind controlled. I don’t see a verse that states that.

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                  • In Exodus 4:21 we read:

                    “The Lord said to Moses, ‘When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.'”

                    And in Deuteronomy 2:30 it says:

                    “But Sihon king of Heshbon was not willing for us to pass through his land; for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, in order to deliver him into your hand, as he is today.”

                    If that doesn’t constitute mind control, I don’t know what does.

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                    • Why site one person when it’s a better argument to site the entire city:

                      Exodus 12: 36
                      36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.

                      You had an interesting point but from a weaker position, the verse above I think would be better for your argument with others in the future. Just saying.

                      For me the point is nonsensical. Pharaoh directly challenged god by enslaving his chosen people (his children).

                      Exodus 3: 7
                      7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

                      It gets even worse because Pharaoh challenged god even further by having those same people build statues of false gods.

                      Exodus 34:14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),

                      So, you see the response from god to slavery of his children as being to harsh. From your perspective Pharaoh was minding his own business and then god just happened for no reason. All that slavery stuff was just a big misunderstanding and putting up false gods was just miscommunication Oo

                      From my perspective Pharaoh went out of his way to get in a fight that was way over his pay grade, crying foul after the fight begins seems a bit naive.

                      Romans 12:19, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.””

                      God was bound to be good at it.

                      Like Karma said:

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                    • Perhaps I missed it, but your argument doesn’t address the overarching point: if an all-powerful God is responsible for the creation of everything that exists, then it logically follows that God retains complete control over everything that transpires within that creation, and human “free will” is merely an illusion.

                      “Then the Lord said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth.” Genesis 15:13-14, NLT

                      So the only reason that Pharaoh challenged God is because God pre-programmed Pharaoh to do so.

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                    • You Stated — “if an all-powerful God is responsible for the creation of everything that exists, then it logically follows that God retains complete control over everything that transpires within that creation, and human “free will” is merely an illusion.”

                      My Response — So if I make a virtual reality and grant everything in said reality to do as it pleases but I still have full control over the reality you think that everything in said reality can’t do as it pleases.

                      OR

                      “It can” and “I can” do whatever I want. Like for instance I can grant free will whenever I want… to anything in my reality… because I have full control over it… Oo

                      As for seeing the future and telling people about it in the past…

                      Seeing is not controlling, I’m not convinced by your bible verse because it doesn’t show any evidence of control just awareness of events. Even the retribution on the aggressors is only after they enslaved someone (literally cause and effect).

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                    • Whether you wish to accept it or not, Christian theology posits that God has total control over the universe; and the verse has God unequivocally and unabashedly claiming that he would permit one group of people he created to enslave and oppress another group of people he created for four centuries before finally intervening to punish the enslavers for behaving in precisely the manner in which he had programmed them to act — which basically contradicts your assertion that seeing is not controlling, at least in this particular instance.

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                    • You Stated — “Whether you wish to accept it or not, Christian theology posits that God has total control over the universe; ”

                      My Response — What verse states that? I have seen where god is all powerful but I have not seen a verse that states he controls everything. Could you share the “All Controlling” verse?

                      You Stated — “behaving in precisely the manner in which he had programmed them to act ”

                      My Response — So are you again saying that your argument is really god speaking and my reply is still god speaking?

                      Do you see this more as a simulation and we are both NPC’s?

                      Even if you didn’t believe in god you would still end up in the same position with this type of thought. Nature would be blamed for programming us to be contradictive to what we believe sustainability is.

                      As human beings we know not to harm each other so harming each other would be counterintuitive and thus we are doing things beyond our control.

                      Why not keep it simple, if Bob does a bad thing… then blame Bob. Why blame god, nature, science, parents, teachers, society, etc.

                      Why not just blame Bob for what Bob does? And why don’t we get blamed for not stopping the Bob’s of the world?

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                    • “What verse states that?”

                      Hebrews 1:3
                      Colossians 1:16-17
                      Ephesians 1:11
                      Proverbs 16:33
                      Isaiah 45:7
                      Lamentations 3:38

                      “So are you again saying that your argument is really god speaking and my reply is still god speaking? Do you see this more as a simulation and we are both NPC’s?”

                      I’m saying that if God has complete control over the design and function of everything in the universe (as the above verses assert) then we have little choice but to act out our pre-planned roles.

                      “Even if you didn’t believe in god you would still end up in the same position with this type of thought. . . .”

                      True! And entertaining the idea that our thoughts and actions may be entirely controlled by genetics and environmental influences beyond our control is a frightening proposition. What if Bob’s inability to control his antisocial impulses is no different than an epileptic’s inability to control his seizures? How do we deal with that kind of person?

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                    • Addendum: In answer to your first question I forgot to mention that God gives a long dissertation of all his accomplishments and ability to exert absolute control over everything in the the book of Job, chapters 38 – 41,

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        • Second Conversation starting here:

          You Stated — “God is posited as the author of all things”

          My Response — Where is that written?

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          • “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” — Colossians 1:16

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            • So if I make a farm, and I made the farm for me , and I placed all the animals and plants in the farm to serve me…..

              When one of the sheep go running off into my neighbors field it was because I planned it that way?

              You are saying since I’m the creator of the farm I must also be the author of what everything is doing on it.

              Creating something is not the same as controlling something.

              I can’t easily conflate the two concepts into a shared definition.

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              • The crucial difference is that God is presented as an all-powerful and all-knowing being with complete control over the design and function of everything that exists and chose to set in motion a chain of events to which it knew the final outcome.

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                • So then you are saying it’s wrong for the creator to let creation run it’s course?

                  You think it would be better to control every aspect of it.

                  It’s an interesting way of looking at it. You think that if one possesses all power then that same one should never let anything have freedom to do as it pleases.

                  I am guessing that you feel this is the better course because bad things happen. The world is too messy so put restraints on it.

                  I get what you are saying and it’s tempting but I don’t want to give up choice just yet.

                  I’m not convinced a lack of choice is a better world. I don’t think you’ve thought it through.

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                  • It’s not about what I think or believe but about maintaining a logically consistent proposition. “Free will” cannot exist in a universe designed by an omniscient, all-powerful being that desires strict and unwavering adherence to it’s ultimate will.

                    To put it in perspective:

                    If I want to design a toaster that toasts both sides of my bread uniformly without burning, it makes zero sense to grant it the “free will” to do the exact opposite.

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                    • You Stated — ““Free will” cannot exist in a universe designed by an omniscient, all-powerful being that desires strict and unwavering adherence to it’s ultimate will.”

                      My Response — Hmm… so you are saying that an all-powerful being couldn’t grant free will to say, a house cat, allowing it to do as it pleases if said all-powerful being made a rule the day before for all cats not to be overly playful?

                      Why couldn’t that be done?

                      You Stated — If I want to design a toaster that toasts both sides of my bread uniformly without burning, it makes zero sense to grant it the “free will” to do the exact opposite.

                      My Response — What if I want to design a toaster to toast both sides of my bread uniformly but only if it feels like doing so?

                      Why does the narrative of what I want, suddenly become limited to what you believe should be, based on your logic? It would seem I could do whatever I wanted regardless of how you feel about it.

                      Just saying

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                    • “Why couldn’t that be done?”

                      I’m not saying that it couldn’t be done. Only that it would be illogical to deliberately create things that displease you.

                      It’s either one or the other — i.e., you either want unburnt toast or you don’t care. If it’s the former, why would you design it to randomly burn your toast? And if it’s the latter, why would you complain when the toast comes out burnt?

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                    • You Stated — “I’m not saying that it couldn’t be done. Only that it would be illogical to deliberately create things that displease you.”

                      My Response — We have schools full of teenagers that prove you wrong daily. Oo

                      Time makes them better and more pleasing. Give it some more time, just a thought.

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                    • Touché! 🙂

                      However, God is presented as a rational being; parents and teenagers, OTH, not so much.

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                    • I think I’m starting to understand what you are saying.

                      You might be saying that perfection cannot produce imperfection, thus perfection cannot exist.

                      So from your position imperfect tries to perfect itself over time.

                      It’s an interesting idea but I’m not sure your process is the best process. A sword is made perfect from imperfection. It’s the best way to make a sword, tried and true. You must forge it.

                      I’m not saying that’s what god is doing but I’m suggesting that your position is not the only position to have and thus doesn’t make you right.

                      There could be many reasons for the path we are all on. I don’t know why it’s this way but I also don’t think I have a better way at the moment to balance choice with power.

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                    • No, I’m saying that the Christian conception is deeply flawed, because it proposes a being possessed of mutually incompatible traits.

                      By definition, perfection means completion (finished) — i.e. a “consummate state or form, that degree of excellence which leaves nothing to be desired”

                      https://www.etymonline.com/word/perfection

                      IOW, a perfect being would be a self-fulfilled entity, so arguing for a god who creates things and desires worship, obedience and adoration is to argue for a god who lacks the quality of perfection.

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    • I’ll move on to murder but it’s going to be the same response since it’s an act by a person and not a creation.

      Creation and action are not the same thing. 1 Timothy 4:4 only speaks to things created not acts committed by people.

      I’m not convinced by your view on this second part since it doesn’t fit what was said.

      To save time and typing we will add theft and molestation to the acts column since they are also not creation.

      With your logic we would have to change the rule of law within America and start prosecuting parents for the acts that their children commit.

      It’s an interesting idea but I don’t think it will pass. I’m not convinced by your logic.

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      • If I (hypothetically) create a robot that’s programmed to kill people, who is ultimately responsible for the actions of that robot: me or the robot?

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        • You Asked — “If I (hypothetically) create a robot that’s programmed to kill people, who is ultimately responsible for the actions of that robot: me or the robot?”

          My Answer — You are, no doubt, that’s an easy question to answer. We have court cases that back it up.

          But the new AI driven cars that kill people are only responsible to themselves, the people who created them are not held responsible.

          As more and more AI rolls out and more people die, we create more precedent for how AI is it’s own contributor.

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    • This one I find the most interesting:

      You Stated — “Then it logically follows that Christians must also be thankful for pestilence — n’est-ce pas”

      My Response — I would say oui c’est ainsi, they would be thankful.

      When used Against their enemies (Like Pharaoh):
      Exodus 9:15 – 15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.

      But not if it’s used against them since in that case they would not receive it with thanksgiving as the verse clearly states.

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