7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. I Timothy 1:7God's power is accompanied by love and sound thinking. God spells out all three in his Word. The Word provides the basis for what is truth. Truth brings us to power, love and sound thinking if we so choose.
Our world is filled with contradictions to the truth of God's Word. People adapt things that they like to believe, instead of seeing the heart of God and trusting in his infinite wisdom. Truth is what God is; love is what God is and the Word is God:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1Contradictions are everywhere. Contradictions are always interlaced with truth. Recently in the news there were some blatant examples of this in regards to life after death. Honestly I have no idea where purgatory, limbo and other unsubstantiated beliefs come from except out of the minds of men. The Word is pretty simple on this topic:
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.According to the Word of God, 'Aunt Sally' who died a while ago, is not sitting on a cloud awaiting others to join her. Aunt Sally is 'asleep' awaiting the return of Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians explains what will happen to Aunt Sally when Christ returns someday in the clouds. He will give a shout (!) and there will be the trumpet of God and good old Aunt Sally will awake and be joined by all other Christians to be with the Lord forever. (I Corinthians 15 sheds more light on this) This is the genuine comfort of God in knowing the truth. It is power, love and sound thinking.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent(go before) them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
God's Word is the true comfort of our lives:
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.