Originally posted by NowAmFound
Do you Fear God?
Only when i think i have reason for doing so. Say, for instance if i know i have offended God, then fearing God would be justified. If I have no
reason to believe i have offended God, then why would i fear reprocussion or consequences of God's judgment upon me?
Christians: Do any of you, besides loving Him, fear God? Why if so, or why not?
If you wanted to make friends with a wild animal, it is hard when it keeps running away, now isn't it?
If God wanted to make friends with a wild human, it is hard when it keeps running away, now isn't it?
Although i slightly dissagree with some members on this subject (members i do respect), i think God neither wants to be alone, nor does God want us to
fear God. I do not see how fearing God is the same as Loving God, although both demonstrate reverence for God. One reverence that is Love is
reverence from a compliant and obediant (tamed) soul. While the other (FEAR) is a reverence for God from the standpoint of a soul who believes they
have reason to fear God's judgment, because they feel they have offended God somehow.
I don't believe God wants us to fear God.
One can have respect, admiration, love, and reverence for God without shunning away from God because of FEAR.
This is how i view my relationship with the almighty, although i do respect the ideals of others on this issue.
Good Thread Topic, and GREAT Question!
Editted to add:
Upon further dwelling on this i would like to add:
I think LOVE is the highway, or path that needs to be followed.
I think TRUTH is where the highway/path of LOVE leads to.
I think FEAR is a different path, seperate from LOVE's path.
[edit on 7-1-2007 by Esoteric Teacher]