Climbing up behind Christ
Fear or courage are interesting emotions, especially when we are climbing up behind Christ on His stallion. Simplistically, fear first occurs in an area of the brain called the amygdala. This is an important lifesaving brain part. Your amygdala sometimes moves you to escape even before you are aware there is a life-threatening problem. Certain of your sense organs (eyes, ears, tongue, skin and nose) constantly send signals to your brain. Your senses (what you see, hear, taste, feel and smell) filter into your brain, including through your amygdala, which evaluates those signals and decides if you are in danger. If the amygdala senses a threat it will communicate with your whole including with the motor area in your brain to take the necessary steps to prevent your injury. You need this protection. At this point you do not need courage, therefore you do not have a fear and courage conflict. You do need to protect yourself. The fear or courage problem surfaces when reality warrants the fear reaction and yet for your personal reasons you seek to ignore your fear, such as saving someone out of a burning building.