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i have a question about religion

Anonymous
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i dont want this to turn into a bashing type post, so if you're not religious or dont understand it- no need to reply... well, maybe just a bump. =)

but i'm watching a documentary and one of the people on there said that he feared Allah-- their God.... I've heard others say "i'm a God fearing" (insert man/woman)...

my question is WHY do you fear the person who, IMO, you shouldn't have to fear? does that make sense?

Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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mommajen32
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 1:00 AM
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Fear in the sense of respect, it's an odd phrase I agree. I feared my mom b/c she laid down the law, I respected her as well. I would say it is very similar. 

Robe739IsBack
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 1:01 AM
Bump

KUDOS OP for bringing up a decent topic. :)
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tiffanyhyatt
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 1:05 AM
I agree with pp about being the same a fearing your mom/dad as a child. I guess (this could come across wrong but) the same way you fear you dad grounding you as a child you have a fear of god sending you to hell if you don't do "right"I am a christian and I think of myself as a strong christian and I wouldn't say I'm god "fearing" but I do respect him and try to do what's right in his eyes. And I do "fear" the outcome of what could happen if I don't do what's right and sin without getting forgiven. I guess that's the best I can explain it.
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Robe739IsBack
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 1:06 AM
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For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God (Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:31). For the believer, the fear of God is something much different. The believer's fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’” This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for Christians. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe.

Proverbs 1:7 declares, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” Until we understand who God is and develop a reverential fear of Him, we cannot have true wisdom. True wisdom comes only from understanding who God is and that He is holy, just, and righteous. Deuteronomy 10:12, 20-21 records, “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” The fear of God is the basis for our walking in His ways, serving Him, and, yes, loving Him.

Some redefine the fear of God for believers to “respecting” Him. While respect is definitely included in the concept of fearing God, there is more to it than that. A biblical fear of God, for the believer, includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment on sin—even in the life of a believer. Hebrews 12:5-11 describes God’s discipline of the believer. While it is done in love (Hebrews 12:6), it is still a fearful thing. As children, the fear of discipline from our parents no doubt prevented some evil actions. The same should be true in our relationship with God. We should fear His discipline, and therefore seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him.

Believers are not to be scared of God. We have no reason to be scared of Him. We have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe.
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medicmommy06
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 1:09 AM
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The "fear" of God is part of why I chose not to be religious. I didn't want to spend my life worrying constantly that I was sinning and would go to hell. NOT bashing anyone or their beliefs, simply stating how I feel about it.
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MIA0223
by Emerald Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 1:23 AM
I have to.agree with the first poster.

And I must point out Allah is the Arabic word for God, his of Abraham. Same God Christian and Jewish people worship.
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