When people refer to a fear of God, what that really means is a great
respect, love, and honor towards God. Fear is not of Yahweh, but of the principalities of this world. They feed off of our fear, and fear keeps you at bay and does not allow you to step out of the box. It is a serious form of control over a human, we can see this in so many different ways, abusive relationship being one. This same fear is driven into mainstream Christian beliefs today with the use of hell. There is a hell according to the Bible, but the translations of the Bible have used hell in the place of gehenna(hell), Sheol (hades/paradise) and even the bottomless pit. These places are different places, but they have been translated into one, which
misconstrues the truth of what hell is, which is said to be a place for the
devil and his angels.
With all the conflicting information we were fed growing up as we sat
quietly and listed to the Pastor in church, it begins to show its ugly head, as we grow and learn, Yahweh reveals Himself and His Love to us more and more. It’s not easy to stand against what you were taught to be truth, but if you are strong enough to break away from the fear that is put before you, and be an overcomer of this world you will see how beautiful and free life can be. Yahweh said that He is love and there is no fear in love, no hate in love, and no harm in love, so how can there be a place so full of all that, that Yahweh made for us?
1 Corinthians 13: 4-9
4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely;
is not puffed up; 5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
Notice in this version (as there are so many to choose from) love is
replaced with charity. Regardless, it says that charity (love) is not
provoked to anger, thinks no evil, bears all things, and endures all things. If this is the case and Yahweh is love, then how is there a hell as we have been taught that will consume people in flames of fire and torture them forever? It doesn’t make sense at all, because again, Yahweh is love.
Fear separates us from Yahweh in our minds, as we were once enemies of Yahweh in our minds, but Christ reconciled us spotless before Yahweh. He said, “it is finished” meaning it is already complete and we will all be
reconciled to Him. There is nothing we can do to sway His power and the
purpose for which He gave His life on this earth for us. There is no prayer that we can say that will complete the process, and no act we can do to make it right, He did this for all people.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son; much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
19 Because in him, it hath well pleased the Father, that all fullness should dwell; 20 And through him to reconcile all things unto himself, making peace through the blood of his cross, both as to the things that are on earth, and the things that are in heaven. 21 And you, whereas you were some time alienated and enemies in mind in evil works: 22 Yet now he hath reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unspotted, and blameless before him:
There is likely some form of refinement being that there is hades and if we think back to Lazarus and the rich man. He was thirsty, but if you notice, many times in the Bible and other books, it refers to our knowing Yahweh as never again being thirsty, so the thirst they hold there could very well be a thirst for Yahweh. A time when some are shown an existence apart from Yahweh to some degree as to renew their minds. If so, it will only be for a time, aionos. Jonah was in the belly of the whale for aionos, three days, was “a time” for Jonah at that moment. I do not believe these people will sit in a flame of fire, as we know of fire in this place, but a refinement of Yahweh.
If hell were as mainstream Christians today describe it, then why aren’t they all quitting their jobs to go out and save the lost? If it is that vital, why are they even allowed time to themselves? How is it even okay for them to wipe the dust off of their feet and move past anyone, it if it God’s will that all be saved?
Our hearts are far from Yahweh, because we do not love as He loves, but it is our choice in this life to pursue a life of peace and learn to love as He loves. Peace and love are not found in fear, hate, ignorance, or hell. It’s your chance today, be one that overcomes this world and all things that oppose the greatness of our Creator, to begin to learn and grow and become more like our Creator, more like Love. It starts with you.