Why do some folks seem to be paranoid while others enjoy great peace? The answer is found in their belief-system. Everyone believes something, and what he believes either brings him peace or paranoia. One who believes in the God of the Bible enjoys peace. He keeps in perfect peace, anyone whose mind is stayed on Him: because in so doing He trusts in Him (Isa. 26:3). The Lord Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). This peace flows out of faith and cannot be taken from true believers.

What some people believe makes them paranoid. A belief in man-made global warming is a case in point. Certain self-appointed protectors of God’s earth (they do not believe He who created it can maintain it) have published doomsday predictions for the earth if certain carbon emissions are not decreased. The ice-caps will melt and coastal regions will be inundated, we are told. School children are being terrified with such speculations. Those who believe such things do so solely on the basis of men’s words which are both fallible and changeable.

Belief in truth will give one peace; belief in false ideas and predictions will make one paranoid. Those who believe the Bible are often accused of having blind faith. What of those who believe the unproven theories of men? Is not their faith really blind faith? Which do you believe: The Word of the God that cannot lie (Titus 1:2) or the words of men that have often been proven to be lies?

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