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


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2 thoughts on “What does fear have to do with it ?

  1. I think your child analogy of “fear” is a good one and is fitting since Jesus called the Lord “Abba”. I have four children of my own and to be separated from any of them would cause me great distress. If people realized that by our personal sin we are separating ourselves from the Lord and its the fear of causing this separation that should cause each of to pause and evaluate if our actions are righteous in the Eyes of the Lord. People may fear hell, but if they only knew how deep God loves us, then they would fear being separated from the Lord more than anything else.

    I had a taste of this once. One time I was praying over the scripture

    The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

    I cried out Father please let it not be so, thinking of my children. He then put it on my heart an infinitesimal small amount of weight of the sorrow He feels as to the rejection of Him by His creation. It was too much to bare, that I physically crumpled under the weight and with sobs pleaded.for Him to lift His hand from me. Out of mercy he only allowed me to feel this for a few seconds as I felt I was going to die from the pain. Out of mercy, the sorrow I felt was but a tiny fraction of what He feels everyday. This feeling has left a scar on my heart I will never forget.

    Nice blog. The Lord bless you and keep you.

    • When we regret that the Creator does not draw us near, we should also be careful that it would not be concerning ourselves, meaning that we are remote from the Creator. This is because thus we become a receiver for our own benefit, and one who receives is separated. Rather, we should regret the exile of the Divinity, meaning that we are causing the sorrow of Divinity.

      One should imagine that it is as though a small organ of the person is sore. The pain is nonetheless felt primarily in the mind and in the heart. The heart and the mind, which are the whole of man. And certainly, the sensation of a single organ cannot resemble the sensation of a person’s full stature, where most of the pain is felt.

      Likewise is the pain that a person feels when he is remote from the Creator. Since man is but a single organ of the Holy Divinity, for the Holy Divinity is the common desire within the collection of souls, hence the sensation of a single organ does not resemble the sensation of the pain in general. That is to say that there is sorrow in the Divinity when the organs are detached from her, and she cannot nurture her organs.

      By not relating the sorrow of remoteness to oneself, one is spared falling into the trap of the desire to receive for oneself, which is considered separation from holiness.

      The same applies when one feels some closeness to holiness, when he feels joy at having been favored by the Creator. Then, too, one must say that one’s joy is primarily because now there is joy Above, within the Holy Divinity, at being able to bring her private organ near her, and that she did not have to send her private organ away.

      And one derives joy from being rewarded with pleasing the Divinity. This is in accord with the above calculation that when there is joy for the part, it is only a part of the joy of the whole. Through these calculations we lose ourselves within the Creator and avoids being trapped by the impurity, which is the will to receive only for our own benefit.

      Thanks for checking out what I had to say =) Thank you even more for you heartfelt insight and sharing with me your love of the Creator.

      I hope this is not the last time we speak

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