Fear of God

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Great and wonderful are your works, Jehovah God, the Almighty. Righteous and true are your ways, King of eternity. Who will not really fear you, Jehovah, and glorify your name, because you alone are loyal? For all the nations will come and worship before you, because your righteous decrees have been made manifest.
~ John the Evangelist
Revelation 15: 3-4
The medieval philosophers … while agreeing that the fear of God is central importance, are at pains to stress that it should not be founded on fear of punishment. They distinguish two kinds of fear, a lower type which is fear of pain, and a higher type which is what we would call reverence or awe: the feeling one has about someone who is incomparably more elevated than oneself. ~ Louis Jacobs

Fear of God is a phrase which refers to the of living in respect, awe, and submission to a deity.

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Many a man eating meat, but observing the cardinal virtues of compassion and truth, and living in the fear of God, is a better Hindu than a hypocrite who abstains from meat. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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  • Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. "Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife; and it came about, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said to her, 'This is the kindness which you will show to me: everywhere we go, say of me, "He is my brother."
    • Abraham, Genesis 20:11-13
  • The fear of God is described as the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs (1:7)). Finally, when everything has been heard, fear God and keep His commands for this is the whole of human condition: God judges every deed, even secret ones, to see if it is good or bad.
  • Henceforth the majesty of God revere;
    Fear Him, and you have nothing else to fear.
    • James Fordyce Answer to a Gentleman who apologized to the Author for Swearing. Compare: "Je crains Dieu, cher Abner, et n'ai point d'autre crainte" (translated: "I fear God, dear Abner, and I have no other fear"), Jean Racine, Athalie, act i. sc. 1 (1639–1699); "From Piety, whose soul sincere/ Fears God, and knows no other fear", W. Smyth, Ode for the Installation of the Duke of Gloucester as Chancellor of Cambridge.
  • Magneto: Are you a God-fearing man, Senator? It's such a strange phrase. I've always thought of God as a teacher. As a bringer of light, wisdom and understanding. You see, l think what you really are afraid of is me. Me and my kind. The brotherhood of mutants. It's not so surprising, really. Mankind has always feared what it doesn't understand. Well, don't fear God, Senator, and certainly don't fear me. Not any more.
  • The medieval philosophers, however, while agreeing that the fear of God is central importance, are at pains to stress that it should not be founded on fear of punishment. They distinguish two kinds of fear, a lower type which is fear of pain, and a higher type which is what we would call reverence or awe: the feeling one has about someone who is incomparably more elevated than oneself.
    • Louis Jacobs, in “Jewish Theology” quoted in “Introduction to Judaism”.
  • The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom.
    ש [Sin]
    All those observing his orders show good insight.
    ת [Taw]
  • Allah is to be feared by the true Believers for: There is none in the heavens and the earth but cometh unto the Beneficent as a slave; whoever fears God, everything fears him, but whoever fears other than God, God makes him g fear everything.
  • God is the All-Compassionate, the Most Merciful and the Most Just. Therefore, faer of God implies showing respect to Him, the All-Compassionate, the Most Merciful, and the Most Just, and avoiding exceeding His limits, rebelling Him and being of those who deserve His punishment.
  • Most intellectual people do not believe in God, but they fear him just the same.
    • Wilhelm Reich, in James Lee Christian Philosophy : An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, (2005), p. 556.
  • Fear God. Honour the King.
    • I Peter, II. 17

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