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Enlightenment frees us from the bondage of false interpretation of the Scriptures. It leads us to attain the spiritual knowledge and understanding of the Almighty God, who He is and what He wants from us and why are we here today and gone tomorrow.  Are we here on a mission or just existed by chance? Created or evolve.
Some anointed Thinkers of the past lost their lives seeking for reality of human existence, expressing human potentials and life form.  As generation progresses, some early church fathers supported these great thinkers’ theories. Augustine or St. Augustine adapted some of Socrates teachings and St. Thomas Aquinas was Plato’s immortal soul theory. Is there any connection with Paul or St. Paul’s treatment about women to Aristotle treatment for women?  Do we have an accurate or definite answer? We don’t, do we have opinion how Paul’s ministerial mind work at that time? Possible! Is he under stress to work for his own forgiveness? We do not know this either.    
When we seek for enlightenment we do ourselves a favor, we help unveiled what is dormant within us, we start to do the thinking and for all you know, our belief system starts to function to the fullest and reach the apex of our thought until we cannot think no further and still fall short of an answer. Habakkuk experienced questioning God why his request not being answered, when in fact the answer has already been given.  Sometimes our emotion dictates to make a quick action only to be shaken when wrong doing superseded the good thing.   
From childhood to adulthood fear is our greatest enemy to move on, a burdensome, its existence overshadowed our opportunity to use the power built in our body, the power to think, our capacity to ask, our choice, our will of self control and using all these powers, fear will depart and truth will surface and set us free.  Bible said “Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”, some people used this word “fear” as respect, if that is so, we do not need to talk about it, but it is not how some felt about it. Every time we have done something wrong, we are shaken, cannot think right, self pity, convicted by own conscience. In this situation we have to remind us to fear no evil, for he cannot destroy the body and soul.
To clear our cluttered mind with fears, we will talk about two kinds of fears. Fear of God and fear for ourselves.  We fear God because we are concerned that we might offend Him, because we love Him and respected Him. He is our provider for all the things we need to survive. Air we breathe, water that sustain life and the heat of the sun give us strength or energy.  We could ask for a luxury living but it doesn’t mean that we are going to have it, without working on it, Money doesn’t grow on tree.   
The second Fear is fear that He may harm us, punish us or make life miserable for us. That is not the way we want to know Him, That is not the way we want to pass to our children, to our grandchildren, to others that doesn’t know Him, why will He do that. God is a loving God, A good and greatest Father of all. We can always lean on Him in times of needs. When we go back to ancient times, yes He did punished those people because of disobedience to His will, They were God’s servants during those times that needs to follow a certain laws. But we are no longer under the laws of Moses, through the redemptive blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, that grace us to be the children of God.
Fear is like our shadow that follows us every where we go, whatever we do, so, keep focus and trust that he will never leave us nor forsake us and that is a promise.

                                Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D., D.D.

                                       Bishop Emeritus

 
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