spiritual fear and mentors
I talk with many people who struggle with their spiritual journey. They enter into a time of darkness and confusion, and many of the beliefs they cherish fall under a severe and sometimes deserved scrutiny. They question, doubt and even abandon what they've believed for years. Enter, fear... fear of not being loved by God and fear of going to hell. Only the rare person can tread this precarious path alone. Most people need companions or mentors. I say, "real or written"... real living face to face people or some good books written by others who have walked the path and documented it. I suggest to read a book that's over their head... treat it like a letter from the next passage that can give you guidance and courage, as well as confidence that you are not going crazy or foul. The fellow in the cartoon has heard of the dangers of the Cloud of Unknowing, a Christian classic still rejected by many as too mystical, so he's not going in there. He doesn't realize that the book is best written for those entering it or in it, not for those who have no interest or intention. I have a book full of cartoons like this one. "Nakedpastor101: Cartoons by David Hayward", from amazon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.de. Great for laughs and serious discussion!