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Is God to be feared?

Discuss philosophical questions regarding theism (and atheism), and discuss religion as it relates to philosophy. This includes any philosophical discussions that happen to be about god, gods, or a 'higher power' or the belief of them. This also generally includes philosophical topics about organized or ritualistic mysticism or about organized, common or ritualistic beliefs in the existence of supernatural phenomenon.
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hallam
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Post by hallam » October 20th, 2009, 7:18 pm

Belinda wrote:
However, listen to your heart and quite your mind/the world to the point where God can talk to you, and the love of God can be felt.
Wishful thinking costs nothing and can lull one into a soothed state of mind which feels pleasant. If there were a good God, however, he would rather you did not turn a blind eye to the suffering which is all around you.
The world is suffering and will always suffer. But it doesn't have to. Listing to God does sooth one's mind and helps ease suffering which is a main tent of Christianity. If more people listened to God, read the text, and followed what it says, there would be less suffering, more giving to the poor, more helping the sick, more supporting of each other, more achieved happiness, better interpersonal relationship and therefore less news.

Btw, just reading a newspaper and just watching the news to verify some vain attempt to disprove God is turning a blind eye to the worlds suffering as it turns that suffering into entertainment.

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Post by Rasheed Babatunde » October 26th, 2009, 5:34 pm

hallam wrote:
Belinda wrote: Wishful thinking costs nothing and can lull one into a soothed state of mind which feels pleasant. If there were a good God, however, he would rather you did not turn a blind eye to the suffering which is all around you.
The world is suffering and will always suffer. But it doesn't have to. Listing to God does sooth one's mind and helps ease suffering which is a main tent of Christianity. If more people listened to God, read the text, and followed what it says, there would be less suffering, more giving to the poor, more helping the sick, more supporting of each other, more achieved happiness, better interpersonal relationship and therefore less news.

Btw, just reading a newspaper and just watching the news to verify some vain attempt to disprove God is turning a blind eye to the worlds suffering as it turns that suffering into entertainment.
halam,
I think you have just epitomize the fear of God.
Listening to God means obeying Him; when you obey God, you have feared to do things that are contrary to His desires - you have listened to Him.

God does not and cannot turn a blind ear to the worlds suffering.
The 'world sufferings' are nothing but situations presented to teach the world what otherwise cannot be learnt.

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Re: Is God to be feared?

Post by barata » January 1st, 2019, 12:12 pm

Now you're talking!:)
As when you said your first word as a baby, as you continue to say it, you will mean 'I love you'!:)
To love some one, you have to love each piece of them!
So to love yourself, Boagie, you have to break you down ontologically in to every word-piece and love all those pieces.

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Re: Is God to be feared?

Post by eyesofastranger » January 15th, 2019, 7:44 pm

I have no fear of God and find the concept purely political. I did my best to get up to speed on this entire thread before posting and what I'm getting is those who find the God concept absurd need not post as they can not fear a thing they don't believe.
That is where I disagree. I have great fear in those that base their morality on their superiority. Islam has taken the brunt lately but for those that understand history Islam is by far the most peaceful.
The council of Nicaea, where the modern bible was conjured, had a very political objective. Take the many golden rules works by many philosophers and apply them to a master figure in the interest of having the masses believe in a master. This idea was not new just refined from the previous masters. I don't feel like looking them up but I remember the writing about a few of them. Mythros was the first virgin born master then I believe Isis then Osirus. The one before Jesus was Dyonisis I think. Slaves where much more accepting of their fate under the belief in a master.
The fear of God aspect was also built in. Don't fret about this life it's the next one your working for. The creator of the entire trillion, trillion galaxies is concerned with this speck and has deep psychological problems with human insecurities.
I have no intent to offend but this is my personal perspective on the origin of the imposed fear of God.
To the point I have fear of those that believe they are doing Gods will.
Maybe the mods will see me as being off topic again.

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Re: Is God to be feared?

Post by Darshan » January 18th, 2019, 11:57 pm

Earthellism and the book "The Life and Death of Planet Earth" have found common philosophy with the Diary of Anne Frank to answer should God be feared. God is Love and Love is God. God show never be feared but Hell must be feared. God compensates for all innocent pain, suffering and death but Hell punishes sadistic human devils who enjoy torturing and killing innocent children.
God is pure Love and creator and sustainer of Love and here on earthell God is not present here but God's Love is here. God resides in Heaven only and show not be feared, only Hell should be feared. All these concepts can prevent future genocides.

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Re: Is God to be feared?

Post by Steve3007 » January 23rd, 2019, 6:31 am

Darshan wrote:God compensates for all innocent pain, suffering and death but Hell punishes sadistic human devils who enjoy torturing and killing innocent children.
In your view, is it only people who enjoy torturing children who go to Hell? If so, it seems to me that only a tiny proportion of people would actually go there. If not, who else will go there, in your view?
All these concepts can prevent future genocides.
Why just future ones? Since these concepts have existed for a very long time, what do you think it was that stopped them from preventing past and present genocides?

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