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Tag: Fear of the LORD

Do Not Be Afraid

August 22, AD 2016 0 Comments
Do Not Be Afraid

How many times in the Bible does God or one of His messengers say, “Be Not Afraid!” Urban legend suggests that it is there 365 times although that is apparently not the case. I have never counted it myself. For me it suffices that the saying is there, many times. Perhaps someday I will find […]

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Writing Within the Word?

April 3, AD 2015 9 Comments
Writing Within the Word?

Ever since childhood I was always taught to treat the Bible with a certain amount of respect.  This included never setting it on the bare floor, but always on top of something; never tossing or throwing it around irreverently; generally avoiding stacking non-religious things on top of it; and not writing in it.  The Bible […]

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Fear of the Lord Part 2: Love and Fear

February 10, AD 2015 5 Comments
Fear of the Lord Part 2: Love and Fear

“Those, who denounce fear, assail the law; and if the law, plainly also God, who gave the law…. If, then, according to hypothesis, they abolish the law; then, by necessary consequence, each one who is led by lust, courting pleasure, must neglect what is right and despise the Deity, and fearlessly indulge in impiety and […]

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Fear of the Lord Part 1: Holy Fear

February 3, AD 2015 11 Comments
Fear of the Lord Part 1: Holy Fear

“The gifts of the Holy Ghost are seven in number: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord [Isaiah 11:2-3]…. The gifts proceed in orderly fashion and gradually ascend by degrees. From the fear of the Lord, the soul rises to the other gifts, one after the other, to arrive at the […]

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Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

January 6, AD 2015 27 Comments
Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

In a short but provocative reflection, Prof. J. Budziszewski calls curiosity the enemy of wonder. In so doing, he is drawing a distinction between the desire for knowledge—itself a good thing—and the elevation of that desire to the highest good, one which can then seek fulfillment at all costs: The problem is that the curiosity-as-holiness […]

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Hell in the Scheme of Things

March 4, AD 2014 23 Comments
Hell in the Scheme of Things

Some years ago, I joined a group of friends in their college dorm lounge to enjoy a movie. While we watched the movie, I overheard a conversation between two students in the lounge’s loft area (it was an elaborate lounge). The topic of the conversation was Hell. The first student, a woman, stated not a disbelief […]

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin (pt 1): Hating Where We Ought to Hate

September 12, AD 2013 21 Comments
Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin (pt 1): Hating Where We Ought to Hate

“There are things which rightfully we ought to fear, if we are to enjoy and dignity as men. When, in an age of smugness and softness, fear has been pushed temporarily into the dark corners of personality and society, then soon the gods of the copybook headings with fire and slaughter return. To fear to […]

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