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Gratitude, Lone Star.
Thanks for responding to the other viewpoint. I have no place for fear of God in my heart. Still, I wanted to accommodate the other view. It does appear, as I suspected, that fear of God is hardly associated with Love.
We have to totally disassemble the sold consensus of what God is. Until the consensus changes, you know, the one that says we're rewarded of we follow and damned if we're not, I will be aggressively against the idea.
I was giving my point of view from myself, and from that of others. Thank you for sharing your views also. I think that God either is or isn't in existence, regardless of any consensus. I just mean is that the best way to find out more about this?
Very discerning answer, and worthy of your name, Oceannsunsets. This one touches me more: respect, gratitude, devotion, and the implied idea of leaving many windows in the heart. Unknowingly, you've drifted from fear. Much peace.
Right on Sister. Some of our sisters and brothers like the 'fear aspect. So I try to open it up to all. Is fear reverence? Is it awe? Just looking at viewpoints here. Wonderful input and yes, Oceansunsets, I liked. Peace.
I respect this idea. More logical to me. Then there are those who see fear as reverence; awe. Interesting you did not jump to this idea. Worth pondering? Do you think 'reverence' or 'awe' when we use the word 'fear?'
I agree with you in that we should not fear God, unfortunately though there are many parents who believe their children should fear them. So many times I've heard parents say things like, "I brought you into this world I can take you out of it too".
Maria you're right. These are the parents who also believe "Children should be seen and not heard." manatita44; I think of fear when I feel there is a potential "threat" to my well being. Awe for me means "impressive". I'm in awe of your success!
I certainly do not think reverence or awe when I think of fear. The hell-fire and damnation preachers have stomped all over that definition. i could never respect that god they preach about.
This whole thing springs, my Sweet, because someone feels that we should fear God. I say that God deserves our Love, not fear. The word 'fear' was then said to include 'reverence' and 'awe'
I feel most people see fear as neg. Hence Q to explore.
Agreed. Don't know about the fear part, but the fact that the spiritual life is a joyful but serious matter. Thanks Bro.
Lone Star, close one between you and Maria but some other nice answers too. I really appreciate this. I will close this Hub now in order to preserve the love and sweetness aspect. Much peace.
Thanks Anna. Someone else touched on this briefly. Nice, but it reflects society and mostly or own inner lacking as well, perhaps. What do you think?
Cianeko, much reverence here. Adoration perhaps and to be commended. Not fear though.
Nice quote at the end. You see fear there? Just asking. You're perfectly entitled to do so. Thanks Bro.
Cool. Sweet Sis. I hear you. Nice smile
Thanks Link. I needed to smile also, and your forthright answer has provided this. Have a great day, Bro.
Again, here you go quoting a book that you refer to as the absolute law of how we should behave or what we should do. Just because it says so, doesn't make it law. So no, we should not fear something that was made up by man to control other men.
Thanks Chris. You've answered it from another standpoint. I appreciate this. Truth is a paradox, true, but I do not know that we can love and fear at the same time. So I ask you as well. Did you think of fear as 'awe' or 'reverence' also.
Thank you, Frank. Appreciate your input. Some see fear as reverence, awe. No one so far here saw it this way. Would this be natural for you, to think of fearing God as 'awe' or 'reverence?'
jmark13, I think your position is that you don/t believe in God because of the concept of heaven and hell? I'm curious what kind of relationship with God would feel right in your heart, in a perfect world? I'm not judging, just curious.
Of course the lack of belief in something is in and of itself the proof that it doesn't exist, right?
I most certainly feel fear in this approach. Are you happy with this? I respect that it is a personal journey. Thanks for your input. I needed to hear another opposing view. Peace.