Essay Question: Salt, governments, beliefs, and celebrity couples are a few examples of things that can be dissolved. You’ve just been granted the power to dissolve anything: physical, metaphorical, abstract, concrete you name it. What do you dissolve, and what solvent do you use? “Time's stern tide, with cold Oblivion's wave, Shall soon dissolve each fair, each fading charm”. In this mortal world everything comes under the sickle of time. Nothing is permanent and death is inevitable. The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down. What are salt, governments and couples when even the mountains dissolve under the fluttering wings of time?
Man comes, and man goes, but what is permanent in his mortal nature is the element of fear. Man has not been able to get rid of it. It is the irony of human kind that man is still a fearful creature despite being endowed with free will and reason by God. man was afraid of darkness in the Stone Age, and today in the scientific age he is rocked by the fear of death, failures, rejection, persecution etc.. Thus in man’s journey on the earth over millions of years, fear still dominates him.
To overcome his fear of darkness, he discovered fire but he still needs another fire that may quench his fear of failures. In my opinion this fear can be dissolved in the solvent of faith as faith is the opposite of fear. Faith is the panacea I want urgently to redeem mankind once again from the incorrigible talons of fear. What role can faith play in the elimination of fear? Through this essay I will endeavor to provide the answers that many have sought, but few have grasped.
Faith is the prime solvent of fear. According to Frederick Cropp, “there is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid”. To overcome the hoax of fear one should harbor deep faith in one’s mind as only it can eliminate fear. Fear is the inherent element of human emotion. The devil is the father of all evils, and fear is the anvil of Devil on which all miseries of mankind are wrought. It is such a weird tool of the devil that it renders all human progress and advancement floundering. The spirit of fear has doubt in its equipage, and with this twofold strength the devil destroys mankind and makes man a tenant to a ghost. Shakespeare wrote, “Cowards die many times before their time.” thus fear is detrimental to one’s progress and in order that one is freed from fear, one has to engender faith in him.
What is faith and how can it eliminate fear? Faith can be defined as a confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. Faith is the pressure of the Spirit on humanity, the force that urges humanity towards what is better, not only in the order of knowledge but in the whole order of spiritual life. It can only grow from within, it cannot be acquired vicariously. Nothing great in this world was ever accomplished without a living faith. Faith is the magic the power.
Faith, be it in oneself or in the conviction of god is the cornerstone that that can pulverize the lurking spirit of fear. It was David’s immense faith in the glory of god that helped him overcome his fear, and defeat Goliath. The legend has it that with the impregnable sword of faith even mountains can be penetrated. It was the faith of the 300 Spartan soldiers that led them to attack one million soldiers of Xerxes in the Battle of Thermopylae. Faith has a healing power too, and one can see the effect of a sugar pill given by a doctor to a patient in the name that it is a medicine!
Since human first appeared on earth they have had faith, and have been seeking understanding of God. The question now arises that if faith exists how come fear is existent on earth. The reason is that faith is not justifiable by reason or emotion. As a reason is reason; faith is faith. History is full of attempts by philosophers and scholars to justify faith with reason but the conclusion is inevitable: there is no rational justification for faith. Authentic faith, the faith understood by a person, is created by self experiencing rather than the external verification of empiricism. The main problem for people searching to understand faith is the fundamental point on which all who do have faith agree: you cannot understand it unless you have it and you cannot have it unless you understand it.
Faith and fear cannot coexist as they are polar opposites. Faith is a spiritual force from God and fear is a spiritual force from devil. It is usually the beliefs of a man that are responsible for the inculcating of faith and fear in a man. If a man believes that he can achieve something, he will achieve it indubitably. But on the contrary if he doubts his abilities, he will failWhat I think is that every aspect of our life is grounded on fear and faith. If fear controls our life, faith guides it. Faith is the other name of truth. It instills confidence and helps us eliminate fear.
The bible says that while Peter, john and James, along with Jesus, were climbing down the mount of transfiguration, they accosted a poor man carrying a baby possessed by a demon. When His disciples were unable to exorcize the evil spirit, Jesus came forward and cast the demon out. On their asking the reason for their failure, Jesus explained that they failed as their faith was weak and small. He stressed that if their faith were even the size of a mustard seed, they would be able to move mountains.
One of the biggest fears that curdle mankind is the fear of death. The fear of death is multifarious. It brings other fears in its train such as fear of painful death, fear of separation from loved ones, fear of the life after death, fear of purgatory etc. but this horrible fear of death can be dispelled if one has faith that death is not the end but the beginning of our life in heaven. Death is the doorway between planes of reality. Do not our best men die sooner? Death gives rest to our bones and delivers the soul as it is our friend and benefactor. Thus the spirit of faith can render all fears incapacitated.
To conclude I will say that faith is the universal solvent in which not only fear but all the miseries and perplexities of this incomprehensible world can be dissolved. I fully subscribe to Harry Emerson’s views when he said,” Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable”. If this odious element of fear is removed from humanity, it is all the more probable that we will once again witness the golden age of man because nothing can paralyze the mind more than fear and nothing hat can liberate the mind more than faith.