Brother Ron Barnes
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Love or Fear


Dear Brother Ron

Does God want me to love him or fear him? How can I love what I fear? How can I fear what I love?

Ted


Dear Ted

Fear produces one of two reactions: fight or flight. You will either try to defeat what you are afraid of or run away from it. I think we can agree that trying to defeat God would be a futile exercise. And what Father worthy of the name wants His children to run away from Him?

The whole fear thing is a marketing tactic by religious organizations to gain control. It is not the message Jesus preached. The only people Jesus expressed animosity toward were the scribes and Pharisees who made up complicated rules which nobody could understand, much less follow (sounds kind of like the IRS, doesn't it).

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

Jesus gave us two rules: love God and love each other. Any religious organization which portrays God as an avenger who sits waiting to strike down any who defy the least of His rules is guilty of perverting the word of God. Those are the ones who should be afraid.

Best always
Brother Ron