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So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.[/i:mhftjvpv]
My better half and I were talking about what it means to fear God. Is it like the type of fear you have for the boogie monster? Our immediate response was an emphatic “no”.
” title=”Smile” />I don’t think one has to “fear” GOD as the old saying go’s he hates the sin but loves the person I think if everyone would live his life as best he can and follow and believe his teaching everything should be ok.
I tend to agree with Jon. One of the problems with English or any “living” language is that the meanings of words change over time. Fear of the Lord in modern English takes on a different meaning than the Elizabethan English that has carried over in English translations of the Bible. Respect, reverence, and piety are also part of the context. Imagine how you felt as a child and where going to meet someone of great importance and power.