Daniel P. Barron

The True Fear of God

 

This is a mirror of "The True Fear of God" by Darwin Fish.


See also "He Is Holy Gods" and "Words For The Fear of God"


Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.i


You, Yourself, are to be feared; and who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry?ii


I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.iii

I. Fools Abound

Without the true fear of God, one is left knowing nothing,iv because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.v A person does not even begin to have knowledge if they do not fear God, as it is written, "fools hate knowledge."vi Without the true fear of God, a person is a fool, because the true fear of God is also the beginning of wisdom.vii A person does not even begin to have wisdom if they do not fear God, as it is written, "fools despise wisdom and instruction."viii The sad reality of all of this is, such is the miserable state of mankind. They are fools.ix


There is no fear of God before their eyes.x


This is why, "The hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live,"xi because they do not fear God.xii

II. False Fear

To make matters worse, "Christian" false teachers divert people away from the true fear of God, with the result that people continue to be fools, and this is horrible; because the legacy of fools will be eternal shame.xiii As there is nothing new under the Sun,xiv it is like the Israelites of old. As it is written,

Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish.xv


The wisdom of the "wise" men has perished in our day. A graphic example of this is a book written by Randy Peterson and David New. The title reads, "How To Fear God Without Being Afraid Of Him."xvi This title is downright stupid! It is like saying, "How To Love God Without Loving Him."


In this book, these authors write,

It's this message - "God will get you" - that runs repeatedly in the minds of many people in this world. They fear an abusive God, one who will punish them without warning for unspecified sins. A personal relationship with such a God would be dangerous, if it were possible at all.xvii


Randy and David write as if God is not like this, but the truth is, He is! He will most certainly punish without warning for unspecified sins! Jesus warned of this in Luke 13:

There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."xviii


Jesus points out in the two incidents mentioned that the people God killed were not worse than others. In other words, there were no terrible specific sins these people were guilty of. God just came along, without warning, and killed them,xix and Jesus warns the same is going to happen to you, if you don't repent.


Randy and David call this abusive. God calls it justice,xx as Paul wrote,

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.xxi


People have sown sin,xxii and they will reap death.xxiii God will make sure of it.xxiv


If people did fear this "abusive God," as Randy and David claim, they would have a personal relationship with Him.xxv The problem is, they don't fear Him,xxvi and so they will forever know His wrath.xxvii


Mr. Peterson's and Mr. New's deceit is a bit more obvious. But some are much more subtle than this.


Like John MacArthur, who says the right thing,xxviii but then says the wrong thing, and by it brings destruction.xxix MacArthur purports to teach a "holy terror,"xxx but his "holy terror" is not true holy terror, because in hypocrisy he also teaches "It is not referring to being afraid."xxxi In his commentary regarding Matthew 10:28 he writes,

. . . this fear is not that of terror or fright, but of reverential awe and honor.xxxii


This statement is insane.xxxiii Note Matthew 10:28, the verse MacArthur is commenting on:

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.xxxiv


MacArthur says "not that of terror or fright" when considering "Him" who can "destroy both soul and body in hell!" That is much more terrifying and frightful than someone who can "kill the body but cannot kill the soul," and that could be a terrifying and frightful event! Yet, having "both soul and body" destroyed in hell, which means eternal torment,xxxv is eternally more terrifying and frightful! Simple faith in what Jesus said dictates that. Thus MacArthur reveals his unbelief in the word of God. MacArthur claims "this fear is not that of terror . . . ." His words are words of madnessxxxvi and empty.xxxvii

III. Why Fear God?

Because our God is a consuming fire!xxxviii


Anyone who knows God, knows fear means fear,xxxix especially when it comes to the Almighty. Because, both in His severityxl and in His goodness,xli He is terrifying.


For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.xlii


Be it good or evil,xliii blessings or calamity,xliv God is the creator of it all; and this is terrifying. As Job said,

He is unique, and who can make Him change? And whatever His soul desires, that He does. For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such things are with Him. Therefore I am terrified at His presence; when I consider this, I am afraid of Him. For God made my heart weak, and the Almighty terrifies me.xlv


God has the power, right, and willxlvi to destroy your lifexlvii or bless it,xlviii to save you from eternal torment,xlix or to burn you in hell forever.l


Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the Lord your God, also the earth with all that is in it.li


And,

Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth.lii


Bildad the Shuhite rightly said, "Dominion and fear belong to Him"liii It all belongs to Him,liv every single soul belongs to Him,lv and

He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.lvi


He creates vessels of mercy and vessels of wrathlvii and destines people to either eternal life or eternal torment completely apart from anything they may or may not do,lviii but solely based upon His will,lix His pleasure.lx


There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy.lxi


And this is the terrifying truth. So Psalm 130 says,

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.lxii


Mercy is only found within the power and will of the Almighty.

Our God is the God of salvation, and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.lxiii


To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness,lxiv


Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!lxv


"Therefore men fear Him,"lxvi because they know therein lies their only hope.lxvii For,

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.lxviii


But,

The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth,lxix

and to destroy them forever in hell.lxx Thus, David wrote,

In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.lxxi


The song of the Lamb asks,

Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?lxxii

Only the fool.lxxiii

IV. True Fear Trembles

In Hosea 13:1 the Lord describes Ephraim as doing well when he "spoke, trembling," and so are we, if we are literally trembling before God. True Biblical fear demands trembling, because, in truth, God is so fearful it actually causes literal trembling before Him.


Daniel writes of King Nebuchadnezzar,

And because of the majesty that [God] gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whomever he wished, he executed; whomever he wished, he kept alive; whomever he wished, he set up; and whomever he wished, he put down.lxxiv


The people in the days of King Nebuchadnezzar had the sense to rightly tremble and fear before a mighty king.lxxv As God does, Nebuchadnezzar did whatever he pleased, as a true king can.lxxvi Therefore, if the people of Daniel's day rightly and literally trembled and feared before an earthly king, a man in whose breath was in his nostrils,lxxvii how much more should we tremble and fear before,

He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords?lxxviii


God is the eternal King,lxxix who will execute whomever He wishes,lxxx keep alive whomever He wisheslxxxi set up whomever He wishes,lxxxii and put down whomever He wishes.lxxxiii


Not only that, but as the King of all the earth works in His creation,lxxxiv His work provokes fearful trembling before Him. Elihu, who knew the fear of God and trembled before Him, said,

Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; nor can the number of His years be discovered. For He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man. Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, the thunder from His canopy? Look, He scatters his light upon it, and covers the depths of the sea. For by these He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance. He covers His hands with lightning, and commands it to strike. His thunder declares it, the cattle also, concerning the rising storm. At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place.lxxxv


God is indeed great, and His works in creation are awesome.

He does great things which we cannot comprehend.lxxxvi


And this should cause fearful trembling before Him, as the King of glorylxxxvii Himself says,

"Do you not fear Me?" says the Lord. "Will you not tremble at My presence, who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it. But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; they have revolted and departed. They do not say in their heart, 'Let us now fear the Lord our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.' Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good from you."lxxxviii


The King of Israellxxxix Himself appeals to His work in creation and calls the Israelites to note it and fear, but their "iniquities have turned these things away."


Jeremiah wrote,

Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord (You are great, and Your name is great in might), who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You.xc


There is none like the King of the Jews.xci


For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.xcii


Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.xciii


King Darius, after seeing God's awesome mercy towards Daniel,xciv made this decree:

I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.xcv


Darius rightly decreed that men should tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, because this is the same decree the King of the saintsxcvi has made.


The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.xcvii


Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.xcviii


The Psalmist wrote this of the everlasting King:xcix

My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments.c


This statement is made in the context of overwhelming love for God's word.ci Thus, it is made in the context of overwhelming love for God,cii since God and His word are one.ciii Therefore, loving God and being afraid of Him are congruous.


Likewise, the fear of the Lord and the joy of the Lord, tremble together. As it is written,

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.civ


In the true fear of God, fear and trembling and rejoicing in the Lordcv are harmonious as well.


Finally, it is the godly who find it in their heartscvi to tremble before His word,cvii as the Lord says,

But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.cviii

V. True Fear Turns

It is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.cix


Therefore, those who claim to fear God, yet continue in their sin, are fools and liars,cx as it is written,

He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.cxi


There is no way someone who fears God can continue in sin unrepentantly, because,

By the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.cxii


Those who fear God repent, and they love correction;cxiii because they know it is the way of life.cxiv


The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.cxv


The wicked, those who don't fear Godcxvi love death,cxvii hate correction,cxviii and don't turn from their evil ways.cxix The godly, those who tremble at His word, do,cxx because,

Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.cxxi


There may indeed be wicked people who "fear the Lord,"cxxii but the truth is, if they turn not from their evil deeds,cxxiii it is evident they really don't fear Him;cxxiv but instead, they renounce Him. For God is in none of their thoughts.cxxv


Moreover, there is indeed an ungodly fear seen in Scripture.cxxvi Any fear in this context, that is, in disobedience to God, is simply ungodly, and it is not true godly fear of God.


Demons are noted as those who tremble,cxxvii and they rightly do so, for God is fearful; but of course, they have no hope of salvation.cxxviii

VI. True Fear Hates

A Biblical definition of the fear of the Lord is found in Proverbs 8:13:

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.


Wisdom continues in Proverbs 8:13 stating that she hates pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth. She hates the actual mouth, which, of course, is connected to a body, a person.


The Lord declares,

These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.cxxix


A proud look, a lying tongue, hands, a heart, and feet, are all parts of a human being, and God says here He hates them.


Evil people are evil. As God does not separate the parts of the body from these people, so God does not separate the sin from the sinner until He saves them. And so, Proverbs 6 continues and clearly declares that the Lord hates a false witness and one who sows discord. These are particular kinds of people the Lord hates.


Actually, God hates "all who do evil,"cxxx and so do those who fear Him.


David, who feared God,cxxxi expressed this godly hate very clearly in Psalm 139.

Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.cxxxii


They are enemies indeed. Those who do not fear God hate those who do, but their hatred is ungodly and evil. They hate God,cxxxiii and they hate His people. As it is written,

An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.cxxxiv


The hatred is mutual, but one is justified. The other is not.

VII. True Fear Is Confident

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.cxxxv


The true fear of God does not produce cowardice, but rather boldness, as Proverbs 28:1 says,

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.


Cowards go to hell,cxxxvi but the righteous, i.e. those who fear God, are in no way cowards, but are rather bold as a lion. God fearing people are able to live out serious confidence even in the face of horrifying circumstances. As the fear of the Lord instructs,

My son, let them not depart from your eyes - keep sound wisdom and discretion; so they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.cxxxvii


Sleeping is a very vulnerable time. Someone could sneak upon you and kill you.cxxxviii But those who fear God fear not. They have sweet sleep. They have peace,cxxxix and have confidence even in the face of sudden terror or trouble from the wicked. And, even if they fail in this, they turn back to it. As David wrote,

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?cxl


The answer? Nothing. Nothing that God Himself has not already decreed.cxli For,

The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.cxlii


So those who fear the Lord have great confidence,cxliii even in the face of the most important and most potentially horrifying time, that is, the eternal judgment of God. Those who fear God have great boldness.cxliv As 1 John 4:17-18 declares,

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.


Those who fear God believe in His mercy.cxlv They believe in His forgiveness,cxlvi and they know they have eternal life.cxlvii They have boldness concerning "the day of judgment," because they do not fear condemnation.cxlviii They do not fear torment. They look forward to their reward,cxlix because they know God is; and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.cl


The fear cast out in 1 John 4:17-18 is the fear that involves torment.cli It is the fear of condemnation. It is not the fear of God that is cast out. If it was, wisdom and knowledge would be cast out!clii No, it is actually the fear of God that casts out other fears, like the fear of man,cliii cowardice,cliv and the fear of death,clv which includes the fear of condemnation.clvi


Those who are afraid of God fear the one who "after He has killed, has the power to cast into hell."clvii Therefore, they conduct their time on this earth in fearclviii being greatly motivated by this terrorclix to set their hope completely on the grace of God.clx They are diligent to enter His rest,clxi because they know there is no other way to escape the wrath of the Almighty,clxii except to fear Him and trust in His salvation.clxiii For this is man's all, as it is written:

Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.clxiv


Job, a man who was terrified of God,clxv had this confidence that comes with the fear of God. He spoke of it in Job 19:25-27:

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!


Job longed for the day he would see God. He had no shame concerning that day, but rather great confidence, like David who wrote in Psalm 61,

I will abide in Your tabernacle forever.clxvi


This is the confidence of all who fear Him.clxvii Since they fear Him,clxviii they need not fear, as Jesus says in Luke 12:6-7,clxix because they "hope in His mercy."clxx As Proverbs 1:33 says,

Whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.

VIII. True Fear Is Content

In this confidence that comes with the true fear of God, there is great satisfaction as well.

The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.clxxi


Years ago Mick Jagger sang, "I can't get no satisfaction." It was because he did not fear God.clxxii Many years ago King David feared God and he sang,

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.clxxiii


David knew he would not lack. He knew he would abide in satisfaction, because he knew the Lord would never forsake him.clxxiv


Even though "the eyes of man are never satisfied,"clxxv those who fear the Lord find contentment in what little or much they have.clxxvi They are satisfied with His goodness,clxxvii because they love the Lord and hate their possessions.clxxviii

IX. True Fear Is Wise

Since the fear of God is wisdom,clxxix it is no wonder that those who fear God are taught by God, and therefore have the wisdom of God. Psalm 25 says,

Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.clxxx


Those who fear God have an anointing from the Lordclxxxi and receive special instruction from Him. As it is written:

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.clxxxii

X. True Fear Is The Word of God

In the context of the law of the Lord, the testimony of the Lord, the statutes of the Lord, the commandment of the Lord, and the judgments of the Lord, Psalm 19:9 has, the fear of the Lord. All of these are synonyms for the word of God,clxxxiii including "the fear of the Lord."clxxxiv


The fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of wisdom and knowledge,clxxxv it is wisdom.clxxxvi Christ is wisdom,clxxxvii and Christ is the word of God.clxxxviii Therefore, if Christ is wisdom and the word of God, so the fear of the Lord is wisdom and the word of God. Proverbs 15:33 says, "The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom." That well describes the word of God as well, as Paul wrote,

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.clxxxix


Also, Proverbs 13:13 says,

He who despises the word will be destroyed, but he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.


Fearing the commandment and fearing God are one and the same.

XI. True Fear Is God Himself

If the fear of the Lord is indeed Scripture, the Word of God, the wisdom of God, and Christ, then the fear of the Lord is God Himself.cxc Proverbs 2:5 well illustrates this:

Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.


Understanding the fear of the Lord is finding the knowledge of God. In other words, the fear of the Lord is God.

XII. True Fear Lasts Forever

Some might argue that once someone comes to know the Lord, they no longer fear Him, but this would be a lie. Proverbs 23:17 says,

Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day.


"All the day" dictates continually. As Proverbs 28:14 says, "How blessed is the man who fears always."cxci Also, the Psalmist in Psalm 119 writes,

Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You.cxcii


Fearing God is a way of life. It is not something that is initially done and then cast off,cxciii as Psalm 72 illustrates:

They shall fear You as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.cxciv


In the future, people will fear God,cxcv and for all eternity people will fear the Lord, because,

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.cxcvi


For more on God, see "He Is Holy Gods," "Jerusalem Is God," "The Lord Is A Man," "God Is Love," "The Lord Kills," "The Seven Spirits of God Are God," "The Horses of Zechariah 1 Are God," "The Three Men In Genesis 18 Are God," "The Throne, Heaven, and the Kingdom Are God," "God Is The Cause of Deception" and Evil.

  1. Psalm 33:8

  2. Psalm 76:7

  3. Ecclesiastes 3:14

  4. as in 1 Timothy 6:4

  5. Proverbs 1:7

  6. Proverbs 1:22

  7. Psalm 111:10

  8. Proverbs 1:7

  9. Psalm 14:1-3

  10. Romans 3:18

  11. Ecclesiastes 9:3

  12. Psalm 36:1

  13. i.e. hell, Proverbs 3:35; Jeremiah 23:40; Daniel 12:2

  14. Ecclesiastes 1:9

  15. Isaiah 29:13-14

  16. Victor Books, copyright 1994

  17. p. 100

  18. Luke 13:1-5

  19. Deuteronomy 32:39

  20. Deuteronomy 32:4

  21. Galatians 6:7; see also Numbers 32:23

  22. Romans 3:23

  23. Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8

  24. Revelation 20:11-15

  25. Psalm 103:11-18; John 17:3

  26. Romans 3:18

  27. as in Revelation 14:9-11

  28. Matthew 12:34

  29. 2 Peter 2:1-3

  30. The Love of God, p. 11; Successful Christian Parenting, p. 78

  31. The MacArthur Study Bible, p. 1771

  32. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Matthew 8-15, copyright 1987; for more on MacArthur, see our report on MacArthur's Damning Doctrine

  33. Ecclesiastes 9:3

  34. Matthew 10:28

  35. e.g. Revelation 14:11; 20:10

  36. Ecclesiastes 9:3

  37. 2 Peter 2:18

  38. Hebrews 12:29; see also Isaiah 33:14

  39. i.e. to be afraid

  40. Psalm 90:11

  41. Jeremiah 33:9; Luke 5:26; 7:16

  42. Romans 11:36

  43. Isaiah 45:7 KJV

  44. Lamentations 3:37-38 KJV

  45. Job 23:13-16

  46. according to what He sees fit, Psalm 115:3

  47. as in Job 1 & 2

  48. as in Job 42:10; James 5:11

  49. Hebrews 7:25

  50. e.g. Jude 7

  51. Deuteronomy 10:14

  52. Psalm 135:6

  53. Job 25:1-2

  54. Psalm 24:1

  55. Ezekiel 18:4

  56. Romans 9:18

  57. Romans 9:21-23

  58. Romans 9:11

  59. Romans 9:16, 18

  60. Psalm 115:3; Ephesians 1:5

  61. James 4:12

  62. Psalm 130:3-4

  63. Psalm 68:20

  64. Daniel 9:9

  65. Revelation 19:1

  66. Job 37:24

  67. Acts 4:12

  68. Psalm 147:11; see also Luke 1:50; Acts 10:35

  69. Psalm 34:16

  70. Isaiah 66:24; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8

  71. Psalm 5:7

  72. Revelation 15:4

  73. Proverbs 13:16; 14:16

  74. Daniel 5:19

  75. Proverbs 24:21; Romans 13:7

  76. Ecclesiastes 8:1-2

  77. Isaiah 2:22

  78. 1 Timothy 6:15; see also Psalm 103:19

  79. Psalm 10:16; 29:10

  80. Deuteronomy 32:39

  81. 1 Samuel 2:6

  82. e.g. Job 12:23

  83. e.g. Luke 1:52

  84. Psalm 47:7

  85. Job 36:26-37:1

  86. Job 37:5

  87. Psalm 24:7-10

  88. Jeremiah 5:22-25

  89. Isaiah 44:6

  90. Jeremiah 10:6-7

  91. Mark 15:2

  92. Psalm 96:4-5; see also 1 Chronicles 16:25; Psalm 48:1

  93. Psalm 145:3

  94. a Jew, Romans 2:28-29

  95. Daniel 6:26-27

  96. Revelation 15:3

  97. Isaiah 8:13

  98. Psalm 114:7; see also 1 Chronicles 16:30; Psalm 96:9; 99:1; Joel 2:1; Ephesians 6:5; Philippians 2:12

  99. Jeremiah 10:10

  100. Psalm 119:120

  101. e.g. Psalm 119:47-48, 97, 113, 119, 127, 159, 163-165, 167

  102. Mark 12:30

  103. John 1:1

  104. Psalm 2:11

  105. Philippians 4:4

  106. Psalm 65:4

  107. e.g. Ezra 9:4; 10:3

  108. Isaiah 66:2, see also verse 5

  109. Proverbs 13:19

  110. 1 John 2:4

  111. Proverbs 14:2

  112. Proverbs 16:6

  113. Proverbs 12:1; 15:5

  114. Proverbs 6:23

  115. Proverbs 14:27

  116. Romans 3:18

  117. Proverbs 8:36

  118. Proverbs 1:22; 12:1; 13:18; 15:10

  119. e.g. Proverbs 1:30; Isaiah 9:13; Jeremiah 15:7; 36

  120. Psalm 141:5

  121. Ecclesiastes 8:12-13

  122. e.g. 2 Kings 17:24-41

  123. Proverbs 16:6

  124. as in 2 Kings 17:34

  125. Psalm 10:3-4

  126. e.g. Genesis 3:10; 18:15; Mark 11:18; Revelation 6:15-17

  127. James 2:19

  128. Matthew 8:29; Hebrews 2:16

  129. Proverbs 6:16-19

  130. Psalm 5:5, NLT; see also Psalm 5:6; 11:5

  131. 2 Samuel 23:3/1 Kings 15:5

  132. Psalm 139:21-22; see also Psalm 26:5; 31:6; 119:113

  133. Romans 1:28, 30

  134. Proverbs 29:27

  135. Proverbs 14:26; see also Psalm 112:7-8

  136. Revelation 21:8

  137. Proverbs 3:21-26

  138. as in Judges 4:21 or 2 Samuel 4:5-12

  139. Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:6-7

  140. Psalm 56:3-4

  141. Isaiah 46:10

  142. Psalm 34:7

  143. Proverbs 14:26

  144. Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:14-16; 10:19

  145. Psalm 103:11-18

  146. John 3:16

  147. 1 John 5:13

  148. Romans 8:1

  149. Revelation 22:12-14

  150. Hebrews 11:6; 9:27-28

  151. verse 18

  152. Job 28:28

  153. Isaiah 8:11-13; Psalm 27:1; Proverbs 29:25

  154. 2 Timothy 1:7

  155. Romans 8:15; Hebrews 2:14-15

  156. the second death, Revelation 21:8

  157. Luke 12:4-5

  158. Romans 11:20-22; 1 Peter 1:17

  159. 2 Corinthians 5:11

  160. 1 Peter 1:13

  161. Hebrews 4:11

  162. John 3:36

  163. Psalm 119:166

  164. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

  165. Job 23:13-16

  166. Psalm 61:4

  167. Psalm 65:5

  168. Luke 12:4-5

  169. see also Matthew 10:29-31

  170. Psalm 33:18; see also Exodus 20:18-20; 1 Samuel 12:20-25; Matthew 17:5-7

  171. Proverbs 19:23

  172. Romans 3:18

  173. Psalm 23:1

  174. Hebrews 13:5

  175. Proverbs 27:20

  176. Ephesians 5:5; Hebrews 13:5

  177. Psalm 36:7-8; 37:19; 63:5; Proverbs 14:14

  178. Luke 14:33; 16:13

  179. Job 28:28

  180. Psalm 25:12

  181. 1 John 2:27

  182. Psalm 25:12-14

  183. e.g. see Psalm 119

  184. Psalm 19:9

  185. Proverbs 1:7; 9:10

  186. Job 28:28

  187. 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30

  188. John 1:1, 14; Revelation 19:13

  189. 2 Timothy 3:16

  190. John 1:1

  191. NAS

  192. Psalm 119:38

  193. a perversion of 1 John 4:17-18

  194. Psalm 72:5

  195. e.g. Psalm 67:7; 102:15; Isaiah 29:23; Hosea 11:10-11; Micah 7:17

  196. Psalm 19:9

14 Responses

  1. [...] "Well, I guess we will have to disagree. The beautiful thing is is I’m not afraid of your god anymore." That's the problem! [...]

  2. [...] Do you fear God? "Yes." He terrifies you? [...]

  3. [...] My advice is for you to fear the true God of the Bible and not one of the many false gods taught in most "christian" churches. [...]

  4. [...] Then how do I end my suffering? I never asked to get older. I just feel like imma die lonely. No friends or girlfriend." You should be terrified that God will kill you. [...]

  5. [...] I mean, she isn't saved if she thinks she can commit suicide and not go to hell. Might as well lead with the part of scripture pertinent to her situation. And maybe it will terrify her enough to believe. [...]

  6. [...] "This is something that’s scared me a bit since I was really little and for the last few months it’s been making me anxious again, especially the past few days." That's good. [...]

  7. [...] "I believe fear and faith are extreme opposites. Fear is a consequence of a lack of faith." Wrong. To have faith is to fear God. [...]

  8. [...] "Any advice on how to avoid stumbling or falling into these things?" Yeah, fear God, and believe His word. [...]

  9. [...] "I guess some people want to take every word in the bible literally, but it causes them to miss the point." The point is to fear God. [...]

  10. [...] No matter what my state or status, I should be content. [...]

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  12. [...] You clearly do not fear God. Therefor your prayers are an abomination and your righteousness like a tampon that has been used more than once. [...]

  13. [...] Consider yourself fortunate if that is all there is to complain about in your life. Be content with your place. [...]

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