Fear God?

Fear God?

The fear of God is among the most contentious and commentated concepts in many religions. The passage referred to in the photo, Revelation 14:7, states: "He said in a loud voice, 'Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water". Does this fear imply fright, submission, humility, obedience, reverence, devotion, awe or something else? Is the fear of God a "servile fear", the fear of punishment or getting in trouble, or is it more like a "filial fear", the fear of hurting or offending someone you love?

Each and every person has a different conception of God. Richard Feynman, who described himself as an "avowed atheist", also noted that "The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man". His conception of a "Higher Intelligence" is different from that of a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim or a Hindu, and yet, he is nonetheless "awed" by the "Great Mystery". People do not dispute "The Truth". What they dispute is each other's conceptions of, and assertions about "The Truth". No one has a monopoly on the truth but "The Truth".
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