Scripture points are shared, today, to clarify awe and fear of the Lord.  Divine love that goes beyond affection entails accountability, commitment, diligence, duty, obedience, obligation, respect, restraint, sacrifice, sobriety, suffering, and trust. Love that pertains to the continued existence of spirit matter can not be fully understood by relying upon carnal knowledge, sexual experiences, and social encounters within a material world. The love of GOD must be known through repeated intimate and unselfish contact with GOD. Similarly, awe, fear, and right reverence toward divinity may only be correctly comprehended by depending upon divine order, sacred law, eternal process and spirit content provided exclusively by Deity through revelation. A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “madbear” (Level 1 with 70 points, a member since June 24, 2007) posted the following:

Why would a loving god yet demand that his followers FEAR him?

That’s even an oxymoron!How can you love someone that you’re AFRAID of?Love is a POSITIVE emotion.Fear is NEGATIVE,in fact,the most negative of all!And Christians wonder why various tragedies seem to happen ESPECIALLY to them?It’s because their religeon’s so based on fear including their prayer method,they actually ATTRACT what they DON’T want!

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.  His work is honourable and glorious:  and his righteousness endureth for ever.  He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered:  the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.  He hath given meat unto them that fear him:  he will ever be mindful of his covenant.  He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.  The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.  They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.  He sent redemption unto his people:  he hath commanded his covenant for ever:  holy and reverend is his name.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:  his praise endureth for ever.  (Psalms 111:  1-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014); Freedom of Foul Speech? (09/10/2014); Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); The Fear of GOD (10/30/2012); Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); Why Courage? (10/14/2012); Christian Modesty (10/15/2012)

“madbear”, correctly understanding the things about GOD that have actually been provided by GOD requires seeing things from a divine perspective, and godly point of view.  Thus, the Holy Bible is indispensable as the source of sacred knowledge, for it provides a record of divine operations upon the earth and in the heaven through thousands of events, within thousands of lives, and over the course of thousands of years.  In place of finite human tools such as intellect, logic, philosophy, rhetoric and science Christian believers are endowed with spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Included are the inseparable aspects of divinity we call faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Ones accord, affinity, and agreement with GOD are permanently altered.  Believers do not experience the active presence of divinity by what you know as emotion and “fear”.  Instead believers are provided with divine revelation, the peculiar spirit content whereby their own inborn spirit responds to the surpassing authority, love, majesty, power, sovereignty, and will of the Creator.  Awe and “fear of the Lord” have to do with the correct recognition of ones own lowliness and status before exalted being, and the necessary conditions for access, communion, exchange, interaction and continuing relationship.  Here are a few points to consider from the holy writings that may help make this more clear:

(1.)  Proverbs 9:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:  teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.  10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.  11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

(2.)  Proverbs 1:  7, KJV:  7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

(3.)  Psalms 2:  10-12, KJV:  10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings:  be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

(4.)  James 2:  18-20, KJV:  18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:  shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.  20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Luke 12:  4-6, KJV:  4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:  Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and willingness to receive answer from GOD.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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