Should we love god or fear him?

Jesus... fear me, love me!Many Christians worship god as the god of love. They see him as the peaceful, loving, “bring-the-world-together” god that will forgive any sin and help you with any need. Others, see god as a terrifying “watcher” in the clouds that will smite you and send you to hell if you do not believe in him whole-heartedly. So, which is it? Well, let’s go to the bible… man’s reference guide to all things “godly”!


Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. –Deuteronomy 6:5

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” –Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27

Well, there’s your answer… LOVE. Great, now we can go on with our lives. Wait, what? There’s more?


Fear the LORD your God, serve him only –Deuteronomy 6:13

The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread –Isaiah 8:13

But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. –Luke 12:5

Wow, now I am confused. How could such an important book like the bible be so uncertain as to how we should think of our loving/scary heavenly father/sin-tracker? I thought love was the absence of fear…

If we are to love god, what does the bible say that means?

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. –1 John 4:18

Hmmm… looks like I have as many answers for you as the bible does. Sorry. Yet another example of the flaws in the bible – the “perfect” word of god.