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Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God . . . Deut. 6:13
No wonder we have so much trouble convincing people that God loves them! Who wants a god you gotta be afraid of all the time? And who wants a god who would require that we be afraid?
The problem with the verse above is not that it is an inaccurate description of how we should relate to God. It’s just a REALLY BAD translation of the original Hebrew. The fault lies with King James’ translators’ (and they didn’t even use the Hebrew: they used the Latin, which was translated from the Greek, which was translated from the Hebrew – and rather poorly). A better translation is, “Respect and Revere the Lord.” Another Problem is that current translators get flack when they dramatically change the words in common Bible passages. The result is they are reluctant to do so – even if the common is inaccurate. So most translations you can find will use “Fear”. Give it a try by checking Deuteronomy 6:13 online and then changing the translation and re-searching it. I’ll wait . . .
Sunday, we’ll take a look at this problem and its effects on us. We’ll also look at another familiar passage, John 3:16-21, and discover what it tells us about why being afraid of God is the Last thing He wants.
So join us this Sunday as we complete our fearless march into the “State of Fear”
. . . or else!
This Sunday we continue with the seventh message in our series “Faith That WORKS!” and we’ll focus on James 3:17-4:12 and reflect on Proverbs 13:5-10.
In this passage, James focuses on the pitfalls of foolish living and the benefits of wise living. He exposes the causes of conflict, the reasons our prayers go unanswered, and why we often feel like God is so far away. In short, he exposes the roots of tension in our lives and in our world. Other than that, there’s not much here . . .
On Sunday, we’ll take an in-depth look at the roots of tension and uncover James’ advice for overcoming these pitfalls with three simple characteristics for wise living. So if you’ve already got it all figured out and have no tension in your life, don’t bother coming this Sunday . . .