"God Fearing" and that is a good thing?

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  1. kwade tweeling profile image90
    kwade tweelingposted 8 years ago

    It has always struck me as odd that "God fearing" is considered a good thing. I was raised Christian. It is my understanding from my studies and conversations with others that God is all about love and forgiveness. Yet here we are with so many people saying that you should fear God. It strikes me as counter intuitive to fear that which will bring you salvation and love.

    I guess this question gets to be aimed at the Christians: What are your thoughts about "God fearing"? Is this an error in judgement or warranted indoctrination?

    1. Beelzedad profile image58
      Beelzedadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Often, I hear the term, "fear" as being interpreted as "awe, reverence, hallowed, exalted and profound respect" when it refers to gods. In that respect, it is more a matter of definition rather than indoctrination. smile

    2. Cagsil profile image78
      Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      God fearing? Only gullible would fear something that doesn't exist to begin with. hmm

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    Kirui l. K.posted 8 years ago

    Yes, John said if we fear, love is not yet made complete in us. The 'fear of God' is not treating God like a monster for Job said to fear God is to hate evil. He added, wisdom is the fear of God.

    1. earnestshub profile image87
      earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I know one thing. If a child were to read the Torah they would have nightmares for years! smile

      1. profile image0
        Kirui l. K.posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        correct! I was a child when I read revellation and I didn't sleep for two days. My mind almost ran mad! This is because at then, I beleived bible had a final authority.

        1. earnestshub profile image87
          earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          My mother who was catholic. I heard way too much of it as a little tacker. smile

      2. dutchman1951 profile image59
        dutchman1951posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        and fear is not a reason to follow..?

        fear is a control to force you to follow. The Nuns at the school I attended when  I was  a child were masters at it!

        I'll pass

        1. earnestshub profile image87
          earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Me too. My mother was "educated" in a convent by nuns who were brutal.

          1. dutchman1951 profile image59
            dutchman1951posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            They were Maryinite Nuns and pushed the scare tactics and disipline to the max.  Ruler across the back of the hand, tell you to hold out your hand, stand still and do not cry, or you will get another wack.

            elementary school /  Prison

            1. earnestshub profile image87
              earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Well with any luck they are dead by now. No sympathy from me.
              Bloody child abusers, typical of those who get their education from "the good book"

  3. Jeff Berndt profile image87
    Jeff Berndtposted 8 years ago

    Fear is a powerful force to ensure obedience.

    1. earnestshub profile image87
      earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It sure is Jeff.
      A funny little story about abuse.
      In state school I was talking in assembly, not exactly a corporal crime, but the teacher in charge that Monday had a hangover and went berserk on me, pulling me out of line to receive "6 of the best" with a leather strap in the classroom.

      Being a bush kid, I was used to standing up for myself, so instead of copping it sweet, I backed up against the blackboard, grabbed the very heavy yard ruler laying on the ledge and broke it over his shoulder with all my strength behind it, then took off up the hallway, out the door and home!

      Mom came down to the school to bring me back, the headmaster called the teacher in, smelled his breath and told him he was fired and to leave the school right now!

      I have had a lot of success in my life by standing up for myself. smile


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