The FEAR of GOD.

@CJscott (4184)
Canada
April 11, 2009 6:43pm CST
I have always wondered exactly what this means. Does it mean we should be afraid of the being that created us. Or does it mean that we should be mindful of our behaviors so that we do not disappoint Him?
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11 Apr 09
Fear in this description would mean to hold in Awe as not to disrespect or hold God in the mundane.
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• United States
18 Apr 09
When you experience life from the perspective that says you could even remotely 'disappoint your maker', you are in that moment subscribing to the dictates of fear. Fear says "watch out for this, watch out for that!" But Love says "follow your heart, follow your bliss!" Whenever I do that, and from the viewpoint of Love simply allow my life to unfold before me, it is exhilarating, and the potential for 'sunshine and glory' is profoundly amazing!!! Even in our physicality, we are vibrational beings. And if you listen from the stillness beneath the mind's pretty steady (and 'oh so interesting') dialogue, you find that who you really are vibrates in harmony with Love, Passion, Joy... disappointment is in the fear band and is a totally different dimension really, but still, it lets you know that you are in that moment thinking, saying, or doing something that is not in harmony with your Greater Self, your Inner Being... that part of you which is Love but some people have called 'God'. Love, in It's essence, is not conditional - it is boundless, powerful, freedom seeking joy! Love does not say "I will love you if you do this or don't do that". It is Love!! It cannot be other than Itself! Therefore it cannot possibly see you other than through the eyes of Love!!! We were not 'put' here to 'redeem' ourselves, to 'save our souls', or 'prove ourselves worthy'! Of our own free will we chose to come here - dreamed ourselves into being - to joyously participate in this magnificent dance that is physical life. Sure, growth happens and we learn stuff, and sometimes we need to be healed, but that is NOT the main event... the main event is the thrill of the ride, the infinitely glorious and delicious experience! It's fine though if you want to limit yourself with dogmatic thinking or dance to the tune of self-reproach, it's your life, and of course you can do with it whatever you want. I certainly have no vested interest in any of your beliefs. Your beliefs are none of my business actually, but you did ask for other perspectives. Later...
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
19 Apr 09
Thank you for your insight dear one. You along with many others have made me rethink my believes once again, which just goes to prove I have no idea what my believes are. But they will become definite in time, so long as I continue to grow, then all will be good.
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• United States
20 Apr 09
I have discovered that not knowing myself, not knowing what beliefs I act on, was not the most desirable perspective... it often put me in the position of being a 'victim' of my own beliefs, creating by default so to speak. I have found that closely examining my beliefs, and deliberately changing the ones that do not contribute to my sense of well-being, to my sense of awe and wonder, is a much more beneficial - to say the least - approach. Meditation has been a very useful tool for me - as have a few other things that I will not mention here - but sometimes you just have to shut the hell up and pay attention to the way you feel, right here in this moment. It boils down to making a decision really, because you have to decide that nothing is more important than that you feel GOOD and to then see that you do. There are really no adequate words to describe the feeling of making a decision - any decision - lining yourself up with it, and watching the little - and sometimes not so little - 'miracles' that occur in your path! I'm sure you know what I am talking about!
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
9 Jun 09
I know exactly what you are saying there. I always like it when I make a decision and it happens, because I made it happen. Or just happens, because I decided, and it only seems to come, when everything else is going the way it should be, and it does all start with feeling good. Cheers buddha.
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• Australia
12 Apr 09
My understanding of the fear of God is the latter of what you have said, we should be mindful of our behaviour so as to not disappoint Him.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Definitions of words tend to change as time goes on. There was a time when the word aweful meant full of awe, not terrible like it does today. Well fear of G'd, has held its meaning even though fear if used in another context would mean scared or terrified. To fear G'd is to respect Him, to honor Him. It is not to "fear" Him in the literal sense. It is kind of like in the 10 commandments where they say "Homor your Mother and Father." They mean a whole lot more than that. This is not a literal statement. It is a figurative statement. It is a reminder. G'd is your Maker He is all Powerful. You must look up to Him. But I do not think we should ever fear Him. He made us and loves us and wants us to succeed. Shalom~Adoniah
@carrine (2749)
• Philippines
11 Apr 09
afraid that we might not be able to enter his kingdom, afraid of the judgment day. but if here on earth u did ur best and u praises and pleases HIM. then no worry at all.
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