Fear or love in the Bible.

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Each person at least once in life faces the possibility to choose between fear and love. However, most of the time it appears quite problematic to decide; therefore, people try to find the answer with the help of their friends, religion, family, social clubs, forgetting that the main source, which is always ready to give a sincere and right answer to their question is inside of them. Especially there are a large number of people involving themselves in different forms of religion, Christianity in particular. They are willing to resolve their problems and answer questions with the help of Bible or blindly believing to the person preaching, which are usually considered the closest sources representing the will of God. Nevertheless, it appears that frequently chapters in the Bible seem more controversial and give less help than they are expected to. For instance, in the epistles of First Peter and First John the one faces two different representations of God, Jesus and absolutely different representation of how the Christians should live and behave.

Apparently, both authors aim to picture Jesus as a role model for Christians to follow. Peter emphasizes the time and the fact of Jesus suffering and dying for people, fulfilling the will of God. First Peter 4:1 gives a good example of how Peter perceives Jesus' suffering and how he thinks people should understand that. He says, "Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin." All in all, it is clear that according to Peter suffering is good for people and they should be searching for it and be satisfied with the feeling of pain. In contrast to First Peter, the emphasis of First John falls on Jesus love and...