If you don't fear him, you will not feel the need to follow him. When a big brother beats you up, you listen to get him his jacket because he is more powerful than you. God is more powerful, and you should fear his power so that you can follow him.
If a person believes in the Bible and God, why wouldn't they? The Bible and commandments only apply to those who believe. It does not apply to non-believers. 13 The conclusion , when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
I believe in the word of God and believe we should be good Christians. But one thing is living by the commandments and not living by the word. Just because you don't live a model Christian life doesn't mean you don't believe God's word as the truth in your heart
Fear but not be afraid of. Fear as in respect Him not fear like terror. Fear as in the way we (most of us) love yet fear our parents because we know if we disobey we'll get grounded or disciplined in some way. Not fear as in believing God will just randomly hurt us without cause.
Yes! For those who believe and trust God. God is our Heavenly Father. He know what's best for us for He created us. And just like a Father He disciples us. If we surrender our lives to Jesus we will have no reason to fear Him as long as we are obedient to Him. It's a healthy type of fear. We fear Him for what He can do to us but not if we obey Him. For if we obey Him He will take care of us and watch over us and we will spend eternity with Him.
I believe wholeheartedly in the scripture because like all scripture it is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). I agree that our fear of God should be a fear of displeasing Him as our Heavenly Father not a morbid fear.
NO. I am NOT intimidated by the silly threats of such a puny god. My Love and Belief cannot be Commanded. Slavery is not a virtue; liberty is not a vice. I would rather die on my foot than live on my knees. Because, no master (mortal or immortal) can be great enough to make slavery sweet.