Comment: Fear = respect

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Fear = respect

One of the older meanings of fear is respect or reverence. Generally in the Bible, when the fear of God is mentioned, it is referring to this respect or reverence for God, not "being afraid" of God. Luther used the phrase "we should fear and love God" many times in his writings, and he was saying we should respect and love God (above all things). God hates sin, not the sinner. Because of my faith in God and his plan of salvation, I have no reason to be afraid of God. But should I lose my faith and turn on God, I will suffer the consequences of sin, eternal death.

Please, don't bother to argue this with me because you won't change my mind. Besides, I'm not particularly fond of religious discourse on a political website. It is what it is. God's plan of salvation is offered to all, free of charge. You have the free will to take it or leave it. I'm not going to force it on you.