The bible says “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. This is usually misheard. Instead of offering a panacea, God calls us to confront an unwelcome reality; we are responsible for who we are and what we do. This is indeed the beginning of wisdom, but only the beginning.–me

One way to hear this is: We are to live our lives in fear of judgment, in fear of the fires of Hell. Our only hope is rigid obedience, doing exactly what the Bible tells us to do. I think that’s wrong, to me that reading is entirely hopeless without any possibility of joy. When God created creation he called it good. I think it still is. I do not see humanity as God’s only mistake, his only flawed creation.

So, fear is a starting point so long as it drives us toward accepting responsibility for who we ar and what we do. But, it is only the start; Paul tells us to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. We are to transform ourselves into people who dwell in the Kingdom of Heaven which lies within us all. That is wisdom.

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