What grabbed my attention about this graphic, posted in an atheism Internet community, is two things:
1. The Spock character never said these words;
2. That said, I absolutely agree with them.
What kind of a god would ever demand constant fear from his creations? Certainly not the God I believe in, or His son (Jesus Christ).
The Bible (if you give it any credibility) addresses this topic in a very reasonable way: Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love takes away fear. It is his punishment that makes a person fear. (1 John 4:18).
That makes a great deal of sense to me. While I don’t fear God the way this graphic suggests, what I do fear is this:
- Disappointing Him by failing to constantly strive to be the person He knows I can be.
- Saddening Him by ignoring the opportunities He gives me to tell others about how He changed my life through Jesus and how their lives can be made better the same way.
- Insulting Him by living my life as if He doesn’t exist.
- Belittling Him by not fully acknowledging everything He did for me (and for you, too) by offering the gift of Jesus, who died to make up for the sins of everyone who believes in Him and follows Him.
I like how the United Church of God website puts it:
“God does not want us to be in continual terror of Him, though that may be where we start in our relationship with Him. Proper, mature fear of God means having a healthy reverence and respect for the most powerful Being in the universe and the laws He has set in place for our own benefit.”
I also appreciate the words of Christian Post columnist Dan Delzell:
“Think about a family. Parents who dearly love their children also discipline their children appropriately for their good. In those families, children know they are loved. They also have the ‘fear’ of discipline should they choose to push the limits and disobey. That is not a bad fear. It actually is a very necessary part of family life.”
I see logic in wanting to worship a deity like this. Do you? Yes or no, post your thoughts below and let’s have a conversation.