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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Should Man Fear God or Just Stand in Awe of Him?

Over the years there has been much teaching supporting the view that the Bible teaches men to stand in awe and reverence before God and not to fear him.  We are to love God and not fear him is the idea.  I John 4:18 seems to fully support this line of thought for it reads:

"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." (1 John 4:18 NKJV)
The problem is most of us doubt having that perfect love John speaks of.  Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15 NKJV)  We generally know we have often not done a very good job of doing that.  So what about the fear of God?
Here is a link to an article written by man by the name of Dick Sztanyo that may help out at least a little.  I do not say it answers all questions.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Late at Night

More and more people are labeling Christians as haters and evildoers.  We are said to be prejudiced intolerant people who pass judgment and condemnation on others and are unloving.  I have given that some thought.

I wonder if those who despise us so much would rather have their car break down late at night in a neighborhood known to be made up of those who profess to know Christ, who attend church services regularly, or in a neighborhood that is noted for its secularism, worldliness, and un-Christ like behaviors?  So far I have never heard of anyone fearing for their safety in a Christian neighborhood, no not even a homosexual whom we are falsely accused of hating.  I suspect the homosexual would much rather be with us late at night than in the other neighborhood.

Yep, we are a bad people until late at night when the car breaks down.