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Worrying doesn't benefit the human race

Truth_seeker
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7/25/2014 9:31:13 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I hear people quote Jesus say "But seek ye first his kingdom and all of these things shall be added to you.." when they often skip over the message. Matt. 6:25-34

"25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?"

Pay attention to what Jesus is teaching. Is not life more than food? What's the purpose of food? To keep you alive, it's more far more important to have life than to have food and far more important to have a body than to have clothes. Moreover, he points out that the birds do not survive by their own will but by the will of God. He points out that we have more value as humans than they do. Psychologists noted that in order to stop worrying, you must accept the things you cannot change and toss out worries.

28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Solomon was the wisest and richest man to ever lived with the most advanced minds in human civilization and in history, but not even he could change his own circumstances. He simply could not fully control his own problems, he only could respond in faith to God to be his provider.

31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Only Gentiles (heathen) people worry of their present circumstances because they lack faith whereas the believer acknowledges that the universe we live in was constructed so that we could have an intimate relationship with our creator. He's saying "Seek to have a right standing with God and he will reward you in faith, don't worry about the troubles he brings because you cannot stop them from happening.."

With that in mind, worrying doesn't help the human race progress.
LogicalLunatic
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7/28/2014 8:17:47 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/25/2014 9:31:13 AM, Truth_seeker wrote:
I hear people quote Jesus say "But seek ye first his kingdom and all of these things shall be added to you.." when they often skip over the message. Matt. 6:25-34

"25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?"

Pay attention to what Jesus is teaching. Is not life more than food? What's the purpose of food? To keep you alive, it's more far more important to have life than to have food and far more important to have a body than to have clothes. Moreover, he points out that the birds do not survive by their own will but by the will of God. He points out that we have more value as humans than they do. Psychologists noted that in order to stop worrying, you must accept the things you cannot change and toss out worries.

28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Solomon was the wisest and richest man to ever lived with the most advanced minds in human civilization and in history, but not even he could change his own circumstances. He simply could not fully control his own problems, he only could respond in faith to God to be his provider.

31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Only Gentiles (heathen) people worry of their present circumstances because they lack faith whereas the believer acknowledges that the universe we live in was constructed so that we could have an intimate relationship with our creator. He's saying "Seek to have a right standing with God and he will reward you in faith, don't worry about the troubles he brings because you cannot stop them from happening.."

With that in mind, worrying doesn't help the human race progress.
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