I have no fear of God - I am probably naive and stupid.
I am a bit intrepid when it comes to thinking about what the repercussions might be for past intentional errors in judgement which hurt other people ... but that is about it.
In all honesty I can say I fear my fellow man much more than my Father in Heaven.
Any thoughts to share on this topic?
I think a discussion of the fear of God (in the Judeo-Christian sense) should begin with an understanding of what the ancient Hebrew text is really saying. Although I am not an expert personally, I am aware that one would do well to consult expert sources to deepen his or her understanding. Language is not as clear cut as we might like it to be. I believe the following link can be illuminating to those who will take a few minutes to read it. It is an explanation of the concept of fear as used in ancient Hebrew (the language of the Old Testament Bible).
I'd like to point out, too, that a common feature of Hebrew literature is parallelism-- two (or more) phrases saying the same thing in a different way. You'll find it throughout the Psalms and Proverbs in particular. One good example is in the answer cited by Vesuvius:
"All the earth" = "all the people"; and "fear the Lord" = "revere him". It's obvious in this verse that fear means to revere, and I think that a study of the article for which I've provided a link will demonstrate that this is usually the meaning intended. However, there are certainly cases where those who oppose God as enemies have good reason to be afraid. The God portrayed in the Old Testament is an omnipotent deity who often vanquishes the opposition.
I am from a culture where Christianity is not the predominant religion. We don't fear God, we fear the wrath of God or the punishment from God, no different from fearing the punishment from a parent as felt by a child.
So when we engage in activity that we know is wrong, we are afraid of the consequences of our deliberate actions, because our understanding is that, since God knows what we just did, we are afraid of the consequence "He" will make us suffer. (I am speaking only of the attitude in the culture I grew up in).
Of course, since I started awakening to the idea that the connection to God is to be found from one's own consciousness, as the source of origin of ones consciousness, the fear of God has, for the most part, disappeared.
I do, however, separate the idea that there is a God that is greater than me, and that I am the lesser and not equal to the creator.
Thus giving validity to the idea of "ask and receive" rather that "ask and givemyself"
answered 12 Feb '10, 06:42
Fear is a creation of the ego to prevent us from awakening to our authentic self and getting in touch with God or our Source. When we endeavour to operate from our Source, we come to realize that the tenacious hold that fear imposes on us, through the egoic mind, is really an illusion that we have created and contains no power when faced with The Love of God. Fear has no power, only that which we choose to give it and when we shine True light on it, it shrivels in the darkness. For me I can no longer conceive of associating God with fear - it just doesn't resonate within my being.
As for repercussions from past errors, I think that is what this whole journey is about - realizing who we really are and learning and growing from our past mistakes and where possible making amends or finding a way to help others or add in some beneficial way to the Whole.
answered 12 Feb '10, 17:51
The problem is I don't think that people fear God at all. Some don't even believe he exist and others just well surely there will not be a judgement day this is all maybe none sense.
What they don't realize is if you are not written in that book of life than you will not go to heaven and be with God always. By the choices YOU have made and maybe have not ask for forgivness for so his mercy and grace can extend to you.
Some people are truly angry with God. Some people love God. Some people are still trying to find God or find the true creator God, some just don't care either way for they feel when you die that is it anyway.
Than you got some who don't believe in God or anything else. I don't walk around jumping in my boots afraid of God but I give him the respect he deserves and knows that he has all power and he can do what ever he wants to do and I differently don't want to say anything that will make him angry with me. But I know he loves me a whole lot like he does so many more people including your self.
I know that when I loved my mother and she loved me but I had to give her the respect she needed as well as my mother for she demanded that and rightful she deserve it. It was just certain things I was not going to do against her for I knew even though she loved me if I did too wrong she differently was going to punish me to make me a better person.
Now there are many ways of fearing God but I am talking about the ways of fearing they one that has power not over just your human life but your spiritual body. My fear of God is a loving respectful fear as in a child and parent relationship but stronger.
If you don't fear the all mighty God why do you fear man at all he can only kill you but God can kill you bring you back to life and but you in another life or situation that is not good at all. God can turn you over to your enemies has he done the people in the bible or he can pull completely away from you and leave you to your self.
I love God so much I know he will not intentionly hurt me just like my mother wouldn't but that doesn't mean you want get tapped every once in a while because of the wrong choice you have made I don't want God ever not to come to my rescue when I call on him or to pull away from me that would be my greatest fear but I don't fear that for I know he wouldn't do that to me our connections is too strong and powerful. I am an heir to his kindom and a child of God.
answered 12 Feb '10, 04:09
Just to cheer ourselves up for the weekend - here are a few positives from the same Good Book..
I guess one of the lessons here is not to take one passage of the Bible in isolation.
answered 12 Feb '10, 04:57
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Do you love God, and did you ever stop to think where the word fear came from, and what does the word fear really means to you, and I? In my opinion, Eve did not fear God, so she went ahead, and eat from the Tree of Knowledge of good, and bad, and evil; and she had Adam do the same thing. That is why God threw them out of the Garden of Eden, as a result of their disobedience, and the lack of love for him.
Why do you think that God threw Adam, and Eve out of the Garden Of Eden? Was it because they were being rebellious against him, or was it because they did not love, or did not fear him, or do you think that Eve loved and feared Satan more than she did God, and that is why she listened to him instead of God? This is something to really think about!
What is the difference between love, and fear? There are both very strong words that can create very deep emotions, for good, and bad. Fear can be positive, if use in a positive way, in the same token, love can be negative, if used in a negative way.
So to understand the fear of God is to understand the love of God. We would not fear God, if we did not love God, so in order to Love God, we must also fear God. It is the combination of the two elements, when put into practice with the right intentions will work together for you in a positive way.
Now, if you do not believe that there is a God, then none of this will make any sense to you, or will not impact your life in anyway. But the truth of the matter is there is a higher power that is superior to all of us, and you can call it God, Source, Universe, or whatever makes you happy, but it is all one, and the same, not two, or three, just one! We all have the same freedom of choice, so decide what you will, and know that it is all good; there is really no evil, only infinite good!
answered 12 Feb '10, 07:53
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I fear not god for god does not fear me.Chris
Perhaps it is because of the many passages in the Bible that speak of the fear of God:
answered 12 Feb '10, 04:07
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