I see it time and time again. Posts and comments alluding to the misbelief that Christians are Christians out of fear of God and fear of Hell. I did not CHOOSE to become a Christian because I was scared of God and what the consequences of my actions might be. In fact, I didn't even believe in Hell before I became a Christian, I believed in hell on earth, as in the sufferings we endure in this life. Why would God want someone to worship Him because they are afraid? Why would He give us the free will of choice? If that were the case something catastrophic would occur every time someone denounced Him to the point that you would HAVE to believe. Don't misinterpret having a healthy respect for God as fear. Love and respect are what make a relationship work, any relationship, including that with God. Love and respect are what keeps a spouse from cheating or your children obedient, not fear.
Answer by Princessofscots at 11:10 AM on Oct. 28, 2009
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Answer by browneyes87amy at 11:20 AM on Oct. 28, 2009
Obviously many Christians come to their religion from a thoughtful decision & fear plays the smallest role in persuading them. However, many Christians site Hell, punishment & judgement to nonbelievers as a major reason they should be following the same path as them. This leads people to assume that it is the biggest reason the person saying this chooses to follow that religion. Also, some Christians really are motivated by fear.
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