Managing Your Terror

…if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 19:9 NRSV

Terror mamgement theory is one of the newest theories in personality psychology. But it’s not about terrorism, or managing radicals that threaten to destabilize governments.

World Eye This theory suggests that everyone is afraid of death. The solution to that fear is to commit to living by the principles of some worldview. The idea is that if we conform our behavior to some specific worldview, we will be less fearful of death. That worldview will make us a part of something bigger than ourselves, something that goes on even after we die.

Jesus had his own solution to overcoming our fear of death. He died, and defeated death itself! In the act of dying he completed God’s redemptive plan, and in rising from the dead, he pointed the way to eternal life.

What is so interesting to me is that terror management theory recognizes that every one of us has to believe in something bigger than ourselves. Christians are those who acknowledge and embrace Jesus’ worldview, which is the gospel.

MP900400141[1] As Jesus’ follower, I have put my faith in the god news of Jesus Christ. I believe the principles set forth in the Scriptures. I ascribe to the Christian worldview. Not only do I believe it and affirm it, I try to live by it. With every breath I take, I try to live out the principles of my faith. And you  know what? I am not terrified by death. Death does not seem like an end for me, it is a new beginning.

So maybe terror management theory is onto something. The question is, what worldview are you putting your faith in? The good news of Jesus Christ connects us to the truth, gives us a place in God’s kingdom, makes us into new creatures, and gives us the way to eternal life! That’s the best terror management there could possibly be!

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