At the same time, these perceptive Christians believe the spiritual problem of fear can be solved by shifting fear. Instead of fearing the world, they argue, Christians should get back to fearing God.
Christians who air such beliefs are not referring to fear in the reverential, awestruck, wonder sense of the word, but to the flat-out, shit-your-pants, terrified sense of word.
Why? Because they understand that fear controls people. Thus, people should fear God above all else and allow themselves to be controlled by Him rather than fear the world and be controlled by it.
That makes sense, right? Sure, but only if you believe fear and control are major components of God’s divine plan for humanity.
Unfortunately, many Christians believe exactly that, which helps explain the logic behind the idea that Christians must aspire to live in fear of their loving, heavenly Father.
Moreover, Christians must regard such fear as a high value and good because it allows them to put their complete trust in God and primes them to obey His every command.
The problem with this approach is simple – it utterly fails to address the real spiritual problem of fear. Although this line of thinking acknowledges fear as a spiritual issue, it reduces the issue to a matter of misapplication and refuses to view fear as something that must be overcome.
The core of the problem then isn’t fear itself, but what you fear. Thus, worldly fear is bad but fear of God is good. Fearing the world is vice, but fearing God is a virtue.
Here’s the snag. Satanic forces use fear to govern the world. Demonic power thrives on fear. Think about how the demons and their minions have employed fear in the past two years alone.
They have used it to drag people down to lower levels of consciousness, often down to the lowest level of animal consciousness where nothing but survival matters. They have invoked fear to strip man of his dignity and to drag man away from his higher spiritual faculties and potential for spiritual creativity. They have instilled fear to distort and poison thinking. They have promoted fear to fill people with the terror of possible suffering. They have promulgated fear as a high virtue and as a perfectly sound justification for social destruction. They have demanded obedience via fear. They have administrated fear as an excuse to dehumanize and oppress. And they do all of this because they know perfect fear casts out love. A world stripped of love is the foundation of Satan’s kingdom – totalitarianism.
With this in mind, do you honestly believe that our loving, heavenly Father considers fear to be a high virtue or desires us to fear Him?
Have considered that this injunction to fear God might be an example of a misguided attempt to communicate with God?
If fear lowers the dignity of man, then how could fear possibly increase the dignity of God?
After all, if Christians fear God, then they also fear Truth.
The problem of fear is the first spiritual duty of every Christian, and it cannot be boiled down to a matter of where it is applied or to what Christians fear. The spiritual problem of fear is a matter of victory over fear.
God cannot control us, and he does not want us to fear Him. He wants us to overcome fear. He wants us to be able to control ourselves in freedom.
He wants us to overcome fear because overcoming fear is the only path to perfect love, spiritual freedom, and spiritual creativity. And none of that can happen as long as we choose to live in fear -- yes, even in fear of God.