I often see or hear people talking about "the fear of God", or being a "God-fearing" person. No one has been able to explain to me why they would fear the Deity they believe in. Why would you fear a just, merciful God? Can you explain this to me? Verses are welcome (please provide translation - KJV, NIV etc).
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There are 2 basic definitions to fear, 1) To be afraid of to the point you shut down all factuality's except defensive, 2) To approach with cautious learning and most people are not aware we are to approach god for our education, man schools us.
Can you explain to me how the doctrine of hell - the belief that those who do not believe in that particular god will be thrown into everlasting fire to be tortured forever - is a punishment out of love?
JM, It's like when your "birth fathers" throw kids into a closet and lock them in there so they can pray and go hungry so they'll understand how much you need to be punished for disrespecting your birth parents.
Thanks for your answer Silent. I would be grateful also if you had a answer to JMs posed question also - as it is something I am curious about as well.
JMcF What a disingenuous question. This question is answered in the Bible. You can Google it and find myriad explanations from the Bible that explains your question and you act like there is no explanation. God offers salvation from hell to all.
JMc- Thats great point. I expect it just like a birth father after he have saved you and tried his hardest to put you in the right direction he can do nothing more. He still loves you but his hands are tied.
Silent - Are you actually saying that your god's hands are tied? He can do nothing?
I may have used the wrong words. However, you have a short time on earth. As your father he will try to help you do the right thing but if you still want to sin it becomes disrespectful. "You can't save nobody that doesn't want to be saved"
JM - Christians can't answer your question because they can't wrap their heads around "other" religions. The Christian God did not create Hindus and Buddhists. Therefore he doesn't punish or reward them. They have to become Christians to count.
Thanks for your answer Austin.
Thanks for your answer Manatita
Thanks for your answer The0
Thanks for your answer Snowman
Snowman - I was going to give the same answer. I'd like to add that we should avoid sin because of the consequences, rather than fearing punishment. Example; avoid drunkenness because it ruins health, not to avoid hell.
SYTL Exactly though anything can be a sin and everything may not be a sin. It isn't that it is against anything or anyone but a consequence of an action or thought. Fear of God should be said in the book of books to be in AWE of God, who is WITHIN
Thanks for your answer JT
You are very welcome Jacquie.
Well said JT! The believer's fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 describes this well “... be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’”
Good answer JThomp42, but why don't we say parent-fearing or that we fear our paternal fathers in the same way because we have respect and love for them. If we said we "feared" them the authorities would investigate to ensure we were not being abused