Not token religious reverence

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the Bible says. It means holy respect and reverence, but not “religious reverence”, as in token lip-service, but the realization that God will justly bring violent retribution and vengeance on those who disobey Him – that God’s righteous judgments are indeed terrifying for those under His judgment.

Righteous judgment means those under it have placed themselves there. God is not “picking on them”, they have chosen it by their actions.

It’s not so mysterious. A thief gets caught, he’s sent to jail, he protests, “Why are you sending me to jail, it’s not fair!”, and you answer him, “It’s fair because you have chosen it. Face the facts.”

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