I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Bible speaks of "fear of God." Should we live in fear or terror of God?

English: Statue "Fear of the Lord" b...
English: Statue "Fear of the Lord" by Karin Jonzen at Guildford Cathedral (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


No, we should not.  The fear the Bible is referring to is not the kind of fear that makes us tremble. This fear is actually another word for reverence or worship. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge.  I think this suggests that if we properly acknowledge God and give Him the worship He deserves we will begin to gain wisdom. We are to approach God with an attitude of humility and awe, not dread and fright. We should fear God in our daily lives, whether relating to money, work, marriage or other issues we face, giving God the honor due Him by obeying His will in each of these areas. A wise person will seek God's perspective on matters before acting.  God deserves our fear, but we are not to be afraid of Him. 

Related scripture:  Proverbs 1:7

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