What does fear have to do with it ?
People often have difficultly with the concept of FEAR when relating it to the Creator. I have heard phrases like, ” fear is the beginning of wisdom.” I have heard that, “fear is at the heart of love.” To tell you the truth that does not seem very inspiring when you read those phrases, they can sound down right threatening.
However this is why language can become a barrier to communicating between individuals about divine things. The fear that one person may be talking about may be very different from the fear that another person is thinking about. So it is important to always examine the motivation and intention behind the fear.
The first person may follow the Creator because they believe that this will bring rewards in this lifetime. Personal health and happiness will follow them and the Creator will be good to them as long as they listen to His rules. They are motivated to follow the Creator out of fear that the Creator will punish them if they do not obey HIM. This kind of fear is motivated by seeking rewards and preventing punishment. This intention is motivated by receiving for themselves rewards in this life and by running away from the threat of punishment in the form of suffering.
The second person follows the Creator because they believe that this will bring them rewards in the life to come. The person follows the Creators rules because they wish to be rewarded for this obedience with eternal life or heaven once they die. They strictly obey the rules of the Creator out of fear that if they do not obey the Creator, great suffering and torment await them for their disobedience. Again the motivation behind this kind of fear is aimed at receiving benefit for their efforts and escaping pain and suffering. They again follow because of the threat of punishment and fear the Creator, who may bring upon them His wrath for their disobedience.
These two kinds of fear are motivated by a system of reward and punishment. The person would not perform these acts of obedience for the Creator if not for the expected rewards. If no threat to their personal wellbeing was made they would do as they pleased without any thought towards the Creator.
However there is a third fear that exists. Once a person attains the understanding, as well as the sensation that the Creator does only good to his creation. That even tragic events on a collective as well as a personal level occur to correct humanity and bring them to the revelation of His Godliness and His desire to do good to his creation. The person understands that it is beneficial to the collective divinity and brings joy to his maker to suffer the burden of Heaven. He now fears not for his own personal benefit, but fears that he could have done more to please the Creator. He fears that he may bring sorrow to the collective divinity and the bond between himself and the Creator. For each soul is like an organ within a body and when the organ is dysfunctional surely the pain felt by the whole body is greater than the pain felt by the organ.
We should view our bond with the Creator, like a mother that fears for the wellbeing of her child, and her actions are always with the intention to benefit her child. A mothers fear for her child is selfless to the point of giving her life for the wellbeing of the child. We can reach such adhesion with the Creator that our bond with Him is like a child, and you fear harming that child. Your joyful not for yourself but because your joy is bringing joy to the Creator, and if your sensation of this bond with divinity turns to dust you do not cry for yourself, but realize that if you feel sorrow how much stronger the Divinity senses that sorrow.
When a union is made through equivalence of form between a persons desire and intention and the Upper Force, joined in mutual bestowal towards one another, this bond is called a child. Towards this child the individual fears bringing it any harm. The individuals fear towards the Creator should be from this perspective, continually thinking of the bond and fearing harm to that bond like it is her child. When an individual feels a spiritual decline and is exiled from that divinity she cries for her lost child ( bond) and not for her own exile, for faith tells her that this too is for her correction.
This is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom. This is the fear at the heart of love.
by: Jason-John Swartz