Through-out the Bible, it establishes one constant concept and theme. Though many Christians don’t want to mention it, it has always been prevalent in the Old and New Testaments.
Exodus 20:20 “Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
Deuteronomy 6:13 “Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.”
Deuteronomy 9:19 “I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you.”
Deuteronomy 31:12 ” Assemble the people-men, women and children, and the aliens living in your towns-so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.”
Psalms 2:11 “Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.”
The one constant theme is fear. Fear of God. Instead of faith, the Bible uses fear to instill loyalty into its followers. Fear of receiving eternal punishment instead of eternal life. A perfect religion (though there is none) wouldn’t use fear as a motive for compliance. One of the most overused devices of fear in the Bible is the threat of going to Hell and being tortured for all eternity.
“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”-Revelation 21:8
Why does the Bible use this sort of rhetoric so often? To form compliance. Compliance from the ignorant. I don’t know many people who want to be tortured and dipped into an “eternal” fire. People use fear to gain control. We’re all too familiar with this sort of situation, similar to bullying.
Bully: Hey, nerd. If you don’t give me your money, I’m gonna make you pay.
God: Hello, servants. If you don’t dedicate your life to me, you will be eternally tortured.
Bully: Why? Because I’m better than you. I’m somehow above you.
God: Why? Because I am your Lord your God, don’t question me.
Recognize the similarities? We do things out of fear, it’s a human condition. Some people approximately 10,000 years ago decided to take advantage of that tragic flaw and write the Bible.
Many Christians claim to have a “relationship” with God. This is ambiguous, considering the only motive most Christians have is to get into Heaven and receive eternal life. I can almost guarantee that if the Bible didn’t promise “everlasting life,” no one would love God. Without the Bible’s empty promises, God is just a bully.
If you’ve ever read Animal Farm, you’ll notice the similarities between Napoleon (the farm’s dictator) and God. Though the book was originally written to represent Soviet Russia’s government, it can also be used to represent Christianity, or any other religion for that matter. Napoleon and the gang of pigs take advantage of the farm animals’ ignorance to rise up into power. He uses devices of fear to take control of the farm, such as his pack of rabid dogs that keeps the animals in check and in compliance. Metaphorically speaking, Hell is God’s pack of dogs. The Bible uses Hell to keep any imaginative, creative, or outspoken person back onto their knees in submission.
In conclusion, Christians only love God out of fear. Fear of pain, fear of torture. “If you do not fear God, you are probably forsaking Him” (Pioneer Baptist Church).
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”-Martin Luther King Jr.
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