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March 25, 2013

Bible, not government, offers solutions

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Upon reading many letters to the editor, I’ve noticed a somewhat similar underlying thread. That thread being the concerns many have about what’s happening in their own lives and their seeking political answers to these situations.

But what isn’t addressed is the underlying emotions associated with these situations. Many of their concerns have the emotions of anger, fear, guilt or shame associated with them and what is sought is a political solution to an existential dilemma.

These situations are often left unresolved and with that, the emotion associated with it is also left unresolved.

These emotions motivate a person to find solutions to their issues. Anger: an approach mechanism stimulates a person to fix a problem. Fear: a fleeing mechanism to avoid a threat. Guilt: (blameworthiness for relational problems) stimulates a reconciliation mechanism to restore a relationship. And shame: (an evaluation of personal shortcomings) stimulates personal growth. The end objective of these motivational emotions is peace and that peace can be with God, with someone else or with one’s self.

There are many counseling strategies designed to teach one coping mechanisms and more often than not, that is all they do. They just teach one to cope.

I’ve found the Bible to have solutions. The Bible states that the Prince of Peace offered his blood sacrifice, once for all, to establish reconciliation with God. All one has to do is accept this sacrifice as payment for one’s transgressions and peace with God is accomplished.

However, peace with others and one’s self has to be worked out by each and every individual. There is a way to find these answers. Ask, and you shall receive. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and the door shall be opened. Shalom.

Thomas Brice

Boyles Avenue

New Castle

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