Amos 3.8, Luke 5.8 – Fear of God
Posted: 22 January 2011 in Amos, Luke

The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

God is the Lord, and we are but servants.
The Lord God hath spoken, and who can but prophesy?

This kind of fear, and deep reverence for God, is one of the things which seems to be missing in our present day. This doesn’t apply just to atheists, or even to those indifferent to Christianity. Christians abound whose conception of God seems to ressemble that of a cuddly Father Christmas figure, rather than that of a God who is Lord of all Creation. Peter’s response, in the verse quoted above, would seem to be a response more appropriate to a sinful creature standing before his Lord.

This lack of reverence, or fear of, God probably arises from an idea which seems to be prevalent in modern theology – namely that our welfare, and not his own glory, is God’s number one concern. I remember reading the Catholic theologian, Hans Kung, saying precisely that. Quote:

God wills nothing but man’s advantage, man’s true greatness and his ultimate dignity. This then is God’s will: man’s well being. (Hans Kung, On Being a Christian)

How he manages to get that from the pages of the Bible, I don’t know. In any case, it seems to have escaped his notice that there is an entire universe out there, beyond this pokey little planet, and it is all there for the glory of God.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev 4.11)

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