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Where did the term "God fearing Christian" come from ?

Asked by Adina1968 (2752points) July 12th, 2008
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willbrawn's avatar

well what I think it means is to fear gods judsgement more than man’s. That’s what I take it to mean atleast.

babygalll's avatar

Christians who fear God and only God.

marinelife's avatar

“God-fearing is attested from 1835.” from Etymology online.

PupnTaco's avatar

From a God-fearing Christian, no doubt.

seVen's avatar

read and study both Old Testament and New Testament and find out.

PupnTaco's avatar

Now there’s a great idea! ~

mdy's avatar

I believe it’s biblical. Here are a few verses that turned up in a search…

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline

Proverbs 14:27
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

Proverbs 15:16
Better (to have) a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.

Proverbs 15:33
The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 16:6
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.

Proverbs 22:4
Humility and fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.

marinelife's avatar

@mdy Your post brings up a good point. The translation is really an issue here. ”. . .in the King James Version of the Bible, the word translated as ‘fear’ in this verse does not mean to be afraid of God. It means to reverence or venerate, or in simpler terms, to regard someone or something with awe and respect. ”

kess's avatar

Since “christian” can mean nothing and anything at the same time, there are those who will try to accurately describe their faith so as not to be labelled with the crowd.

Nullo's avatar

I second @marinelife‘s observation.

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noraasnave's avatar

Fear is the emotion that many churches want a person to feel, at least at first. Because fear is such a strong emotion, it causes many to commit to a given church.

The relationship which I have found with God has nothing to do with fear, but rather its opposite love. I find fear completely useless in life, especially in relation to faith.

Fear immobilizes, isolates, and drives us to make other bad decisions. I could see how that would be useful in any religion, from a standpoint of controlling the masses, but then one feels deceived, coerced and manipulated.

Respect is fear’s close cousin to which @marinelife refers above.

For instance, I have a healthy respect for traffic safety, handguns, heights, an angry woman, etc. In a greater way, I have a healthy respect for God. It is greater, because I barely have a clue of how dangerous God’s love is.

I am sure most people are a bit more cautious about things they don’t understand.

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