ANSWERS: 8
  • There is a secondary meaning to the word 'fear'. A much older one. It is to revere, to hesitate near, or to shrink from [in awe]. In that sense, yes, we are to fear God.
  • If you don't believe God there is no reason to fear him/her.
  • I do at least. He can pretty much do what he wants to us if we speak against him. Just my take on things.
  • I love Him and respect Him but do not fear HIM!!
  • 1) Some think so: "who says we should not fear god? the answer is — satan and his followers, which includes many of today’s churches." Source and further information: http://www.parentalguide.com/Documents/Bible_Studies/Fear_God.htm So obviously, some Churches seem not to insist too much on the concept of "fear of God". Some other similar references: "Why is it we will not accept the fear of God? Why do we try to "explain away" the fear of God in Scripture? What is it in our unconscious minds that creeps up when the Spirit leads us into the revelation of the fear of God?" Source and further information: http://www.acts17-11.com/fear.html Further information: http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/feargod.htm 2) Actually, there are many Bible verses which can be interpreted in this sense. " Torah Exodus 18:20-22. "And thou shalt teach them the statutes and the laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_judges "According to Talmud however, the point of Qohelet is to state that all is futile under the sun. One should therefore ignore physical pleasures and put all one's efforts towards that which is above the Sun. This is summed up in the second to last verse: "The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone."" Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecclesiastes Further information: http://www.seekgod.org/message/fearofgod.html 3) A Jewish view: "The Hebrew equivalent of "religion." It is the mainspring of religion, morality, and wisdom, and is productive of material prosperity and well-being. Who fears God will refrain from doing the things that would be displeasing to Him, the things that would make himself unworthy of God's regard. Fear of God does not make men shrink from Him as one would from a tyrant or a wild beast; it draws them nearer to Him and fills them with reverential awe. That fear which is merely self-regarding is unworthy of a child of God. The difference between fear of God and fear of man is contrasted in Isa. viii. 12-13: "Call ye not conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and that which they fear, fear not ye, neither count it worthy of dread. Yhwh Sabaoth, Him count ye holy; let Him be your fear; let Him be your dread" (Hebr.). Fear of God is identical with love and service. "And now, Israel, what doth Yhwh thy God require of thee but to fear Yhwh thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve Yhwh thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul?" (Deut. x. 12). "Thou shalt fear Yhwh thy God and Him shalt thou serve" (Deut. vi. 13, Hebr.) in acts of public devotion, the spontaneous outcome of sincere reverence (Ex. xxiii. 25; Deut. x. 12, xi. 13, xiii. 4; comp. Job xv. 4). Fear of God implies hatred of evil and wrong, and makes for righteousness and peace. "Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling-block before the blind, but shalt fear thy God" (Lev. xix. 14)." "Fear of God may also be dread of God's punishment in consequence of sin and shame. Thus Adam was afraid to meet God because he was naked (Gen. iii. 10). Job feels "the terrors of God"; and of the wicked it is said: "Terrors take hold on him as waters" (Job vi. 4, xxvii. 20). At times fear is inflicted by God as punishment for man's disobedience (Deut. xxviii. 66; comp. Lev. xxvi. 17)." Source and further information: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?letter=F&artid=71 4) An Islamic view: "Ittaqullah (Arabic: اتقوا الله‎) is an Arabic phrase meaning "fear God". It is composed of the words "Ittaqu" and "Allah", and is often found in Muslim literature. The phrase comes from the Arabic word for piety: Taqwa The phrase in it self has been subjected to several different translations, as "fear" does not adequatly translate the connotation of the phrase. Other examples include "Be aware of Allah" and "Return to God". A Islamic encyclopedia explains: “ ...Ittaqullah has been used numerous times in the Quran and means to follow and remain in harmony with the laws of Allah. In verse 5/2 it has been used as an antonym of udwan, or rebellion, disobedience..." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ittaqullah 5) "The Three Pillars of Sikhism were formalised by Guru Nanak as: 1. The Guru led the Sikhs directly to practise Simran and Naam Japna—meditation on God and reciting and chanting of God’s Name—Waheguru. The Sikh is to recite the Nitnem banis daily in remembrance of the grace and kirpa of the Almighty. 2. He asked the Sikhs to live as householders and practise Kirat Karni: to honestly earn by one's physical and mental effort, while accepting God's gifts and blessing. One is to speak the truth at all times and only fear God. Live a life of decency, high moral values and spirituality. 3. The Sikhs were asked to share their wealth within the community by practising Vaṇḍ Chakkō—“Share and Consume together”. The community or Sadh Sangat is an important part of Sikhism. One must be part of a community that is pursing the values set out by the Sikh Gurus and every Sikh has to give in whatever way possible to the community. This spirit of Giving is an important message from Guru Nanak." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_pillars_of_Sikhism 6) Atheist point of view: "Did you hear about the state legislator who last week blasted a Lutheran minister during a committee hearing for spewing dangerous religious superstitions, and then attempted to order the minister out of the witness chair on the grounds that his Christian beliefs are "destroying what this state was built upon"? Of course you didn't, because it didn't happen and would never happen. Not to a Christian, not to a Jew, not to a Muslim or to anyone who subscribes to any faith. Such an attack would rightly be considered scandalously out of bounds in contemporary society. But you probably also didn't hear about what actually did happen: Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) interrupted atheist activist Rob Sherman during his testimony Wednesday afternoon before the House State Government Administration Committee in Springfield and told him, "What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous . . . it's dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists! "This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God," Davis said. "Get out of that seat . . . You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon." Apparently it's still open season on some views of God." Source and further information: "Representative tries to put the fear of God in atheist" http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-change_atheist_bd06apr06,0,1260452.story
  • In short: Yes, but probably not the way you think. It is described as a treasure (Proverbs 15:16, Isaiah 33:6), a fountain of life, a spring of living water (Proverbs 14:27), wisdom (Job 28:28, Psalms 111:10) and life itself (Proverbs 19:23). A life with it is a good (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13), full and serene life, with no nasty surprises (Proverbs 19:23) True happiness, in part, is derived from it (Psalms 128:1,2; Proverbs 28:14). A simple life with it is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches (Proverbs 15:16). It builds up confidence and makes a world safe for our children (Proverbs 14:26). It deflects evil (Proverbs 16:16). It expands and adds years to our life and lengthens our days (Proverbs 10:27). And when we have it, we no longer have to fear what others fear or take on their worries--or fear man (Isaiah 8:12-13). What is it? Fear of God. But what does it mean to "fear" God? "The Bible repeatedly tells us to fear God: 'Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him' (Psalm 33:8)," says Billy Graham. "But what does it mean by 'fear'? We usually fear something (such as a vicious dog or a violent storm) when we expect it to harm us. In other words, we fear something that has no concern for us, and is a source of constant danger to us. "But that isn't what God is like! God created us, and He also loves us—and the proof is that He sent His only Son into the world to die for our sins. Would He have done this if He hated us? No, of course not. The Bible says, 'This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins' (1 John 4:10). Stop right now and thank God for loving you and sending His Son to die for you. "To fear God is not to shrink back from Him in terror. To fear God is to have a deep reverence for Him, and to stand in awe at His holiness and majesty and power and love. Only then will we love and serve and worship Him as we should." Fearing God is described in the Bible as living in God's presence/standing before Him in deep, joyful, holy, solemn reverence, respect, worship and (trembling) awe. (Hebrews 12:9, 28, Joshua 4:24, Psalms 2:11, Psalm 86:11). Motives to fear God include his holiness (Revelation 15:4), greatness (Deuteronomy 10:12,17), goodness (1 Samuel 12:24), forgiveness (Psalms 130:4), wondrous works (Joshua 4:23-24) and judgments (Revelation 14:7). Fear of God is necessary to worshipping (Psalms 5:7, Psalms 89:7) and serving Him (Psalms 2:11; Hebrews 12:28), avoiding sin (exodus 20:20), governing fairly and well (2 Samuel 23:3), administrating justice impartially and honestly (2 Chronicles 19:6-9), making a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us (both within and without) and making our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God (2 Corinthians 7:1). Those who fear God bring pleasure to Him (Psalms 147:11). He feels for them as parents feel for their children (2 Corinthians 7:1), opens His door to them (Acts 10:35), loves them--a love that is eternally present (Psalm 103:--) and as strong as the heaven are high above the earth (Psalms 103:11) blesses them (Psalms 112:1, Psalms 115:13) and He fulfills their desires (Psalm 145:19). Fear of God is exemplified in Abraham (Genesis 22:12), Joseph (Genesis 39:9, Genesis 42:18), Obadiah (1 Kings 18:12), Nehemiah (Nehemiah 5:15), Job (Job 1:1, 8) Cornelius (Acts 10:2), and Noah (Hebrews 11:7). These men were described as reverently and fearlessly fearing God, venerating Him, living worshipfully before Him and being totally devoted to Him--even from their youth. Pray now for God to develop in you that reverence, respect and awe of Him that is such a blessing to both Him and you as David did in Psalm 86:11. David said to God: "put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I'll worship in joyful fear." "Soak yourself in the Fear-of-God." (Proverbs 23:17) Soon. "you will learn to live in deep reverence before God, your God, as long as you live"--"all day long" (Deuteronomy 14:23, Joshua 4:24, Proverbs 23:17).
  • no, he should fear us! We created him, we can destroy him... His power is followers, who work for him (in any way), he's nothing without them (and i don't mean nothing like unimportant, but nothing like ... empty space) he's only as mighty as we believe him to be.
  • It depends on how you define your God. If you believed in the God of the Old Testament, then I would definitely fear Him. But there are plenty of Gods that you can believe in that aren't scary. Besides which, if the only reason you're being a good person is because you fear retribution from a vengeful God, then are you really a good person at all? Probably not. And that's really not the point of religion. You can see what other people believe their God to be at this site: www.defineyourgod.com

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