Love vs Fear
by Albert 1

# 1. 11/17/08 5:04 AM by BF
I don't know how much you've studied human/psychosocial development; you might find interesting Erik Erikson's work in the area.

I won't say that you're reinventing the wheel with this column, Albert, but you might find some parallels between your thoughts and Erikson's.

Editor's Note: I'm good at reinventing the wheel. I may have read some of his work way back. As far as any formal study-nada. Some of this is from the Course in Miracles

# 2. 4/26/16 2:17 PM by mk
For many of us, the word "fear" as used in the Old and New Testament reflects other meanings: I believe the context when mentioning "fear the Lord" means to show respect, awe and reverence for God, his works, his words and his creations.

Fearing the Lord has never meant to be afraid of the Lord. In truth, it means quite the opposite. Fearing the Lord- is a form of love in the way we choose to respect, honor, reverence and remember the Lord Jesus Christ.

Moreover the apostle John records an interesting verse. Those who are "fearful" are classified to the same doom as liars, murders and so forth in the Book of Revelations. So the question this suggests: Why would we be told to be "fearful of the Lord" and then told that being fearful is a sin? Perhaps fearing the Lord is not the same as being fearful. Just a thought.

Editor's Note: I think it was the book 1984 and also the movie that showed how the propaganda masters had conditioned the populace to use reverse meanings of key words as a method of mind control. If you dont recall my writing about what I call curve balls one facet of is the utilization of private glossaries so the public had one meaning for a word and the inner group had another secret one. It is why I always defer to the dictionalry where any confusion might exist in etymology. Personally I have onlwy encountered one instance where a word needed independant defining to fulfil it's role in a specific context. That word 'ego' is used in The Course in Miracles slightly differently than professional psychologists would define it. The interesting thing being that the common vulgate agrees with the Course leaving the psychologists out in Left Fueld, go figure. The specific employment of the word fear in the Bible might have ut'es roots in an imperfect or distorted translation which occurred between the Greek, Aaramaic or Latin to English process. If any Bible scholar versed in any one of the other languages reads this I would welcome their input. Considering the nature of The Supreme Deity in the Old Testament and most likely the Torah, it wouldnt surprise me if the word fer was intended as written to be fearful of a terrible power.

I will keep my mind open for developments here but still consider the fact that fear (the terror generated type) and Love (the divine type)are incompatabile.

If fear was considered a good thing why then the passage 'perfect love destroys all fear'? just my thought

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