Should Christians Be Afraid of God?

Episode 447 Show Notes 

From the Show

The fear of punishment, the fear of judgment—there are people who should have that fear, those who are outside of Christ. But in Christ, having been adopted into the family of God, we’re under the good father. Think about what Jesus said, “if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father give good gifts, the Holy Spirit, to those who ask?” I think this is one of the most important things for us as believers to grasp today, that God is good. The lie early in the garden that Satan told Adam and Eve was that God did not have their best interest in mind.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. It seems there are a lot of questions or theories about what happened with the end of the gospel of Mark. How does one explain what seems to be an abrupt ending of to a non-believer or someone questioning the faith especially when reading this gospel? 

2. Thank the Lord, I am saved! But I know that I am a sinner. How do I overcome the bitterness about the people who are child molesters, mass murderers, serial killers, these horrible people who do horrible things? How do I overcome the bitterness toward them for the things they do, and will they go to heaven? Everyone says that if you believe in God and you are saved, you will go to heaven. I am so bitter, and I know it is wrong for me to do that. 

3. Several times in the Bible it says to fear God. I've always heard that means like a respectful fear. Most of the time I find myself fearing God like I'm terrified of Him. I worry about His punishment, yet I mess up and sin all the time which makes me fear even more. I fear the end of time when we are judged. Is that type of fear biblical? How should my view of God be in respect to fear? 

4. When we get angry at another person, for whatever reason, are we ultimately angry at God? I believe that anger comes from pride, and pride opposes God. 

Resources

Obeying God Out of Slavish Fear by Adriel Sanchez

The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton

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