To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. – Proverbs 8:13
I had to read this sign several times to confirm I read it right. Maybe if Bramwell had simply used the Bible’s phrase of “To fear the Lord” rather than his ambiguous “The fear of the Lord” it would have been clearer. The fear of the lord, sounds like the fear belongs to the lord. For example, “The fear of the lord that bothers him the most is big ugly spiders wandering around his bathroom.”
But once I figured out he meant “Too fear the Lord” I had another question. Why should you have to fear the lord in the first place if he’s an all loving god?
Are we supposed to fear god? Fear is an awfully strong emotion. When I was young, I’d say I respected my parents, but thankfully, I never had to fear them.
There are kids who do fear their parents, because they get beaten, sexually assualted, or mentally abused by them.
Is that the kind of parent you’d want to be? If you were a child with that type of parent, wouldn’t you try to escape that toxic relationship as soon as possible?
Now I have to admit, for a Bible passage, the last half of Proverbs 8:13 is spot on.
The whole reason I write this blog is because I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse speech.