“God-fearing Christian”

I am not religious, and I admit to having little to no understanding of the widespread religions. I’d like to believe, however, that the core of most if not all religions is that of compassion and love for all (yourself, others, and the world around you).

Why then is it a compliment to say you fear God? If God is love, why would He inspire fear in us?

From what I understand, God is our “Father,” a figurative daddy who’s ready to punish us when we’re being bad. 😜😜😜 Jokes aside, a father must be stern with his children at times. While his actions may intimidate, they come from a place of love.

People operate on different levels of consciousness. Some folks live life only through conditioned responses. Buried by ignorances, their minds are too deep in shit to be aware of anything besides their ego, let alone a higher power. These people, whether they blame others or themselves, see the world through a lens of hatred and dissatisfaction instead of love and acceptance. They don’t know that they are used to fear, thus unconsciously seeking it out. Although they will deny it, they can only respond to stimuli they’re used to (fear). Thus, one could argue, you must “speak their language” to reach them.

Fear and other strong, primal emotions fuel people into a state of vulnerability. People can either continue to resist and run, or surrender to reality. The former will live ignorantly and experience more and more pain until they are triggered into acceptance or until they die with misery. Those who surrender to reality let in love. In this case, the love of God.

Can people learn to love without a trigger? Maybe. I’d like to believe so. But at the same time, only those who have faced hardships and loss seem to understand the true meaning of love. It’s akin to being sheltered and raised in a bubble — you don’t truly know what the world is until your perception of it crumbles before you.

So perhaps God must incite fear in those who are metaphorically asleep so they can hear Him. He is using fear to catalyze our awakening.

But, I wonder… If He can use fear as long as the intentions are pure, does that imply that humans can and should as well? Are violence and scare-tactics commonly used in social movements justified so long as the crowd is well-intentioned? Is war truly peace? 🤔🤔🤔