Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Fearing God pt. 4, The Exciting but Anti-Climactic Conclusion

Fear of God is not about following a requisite list of rules so that you pass the test to get into heaven. Faith in Christ is about bringing God's kingdom NOW in preperation for AFTER-NOW (?) and striving to live more like him, which is done through thought and deed, but not acruing a list of "spiritual chores" to avoid the punishment.

I believe hell is a real place, I believe that people go there. I don't like it, it's not my job to decide who does/does not, and we're cheapening our faith if we believe otherwise. Salvation is real and hopefully we can show that the path to that is filled with love and obedience, not fear and intimidation.

Hopefully i've given you somethin to chew on. Gimme feedback.



Adam Caldwell said...

I would have to say that I agree with most of what you had to say. I do think that I have a little different understanding of The Fear of God than you do. Well, you started down the same understanding as me in your first post but then kind of strayed.

To me it is not fear as in being scared into doing something. But rather a fear of awestruck(?) respect. I think you were correct in saying that we should not be motivated by the fear of punishment. The real question is "do you love Jesus or do you love Jesus simply for what he can do for you?"

To me, as I said earlier, the character of Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia (the books not particularly the movie) is a great, not perfect, example of the nature of Christ.

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chknstomper said...

Adams -

Ok Mr. Caldwell I think that you are right on.

The Sadducee's of Jesus day did everything for the fear of the Lord without even the belief in Heaven.

If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

I think we should Fear not obeying God simply because it makes him sad. And I don't know about you but I spent too much of my life out of obedience.

I do not believe that Hell is a threat. I believe our loving God who can not abide sin has a place where people go who can not go with him. A place without God would surely be Hell.

Not too sure but I prefer to ponder what heaven will be like more than what hell is like.


Adam Caldwell said...

Hey Bud...January 4th, your on the verge of a no content comment as

The Millers-Because we like it Original! said...

You know, this is amazing stuff. And strangely enough, I identified more with your analogy then anything else. Hehe. It makes sense to me.

I think that my biggest fear with God would be that he would let me do things my way. that would be the worst. Imagine if God just said "Run, go, have fun! And good luck when you get into trouble! I'll pray for you or something!"

It'd be terrible, and scary, and lonely. (sigh) I'm glad I fear God in a good way, not in a bloody nose God will smite me sort of way. Although he really could.