"Fear God," is a phrase often used by Christians
Isn't the Christian God said to be an infinitely loving and merciful God? Why should one have to fear a very loving being? Why should one fear a being said to be infinitely merciful? I thought we should have been told to love this God, and not to fear him?
In his work, "The Prince," Niccolo Machiavelli, stated that a prince who wants to maintain his power and position, if he must choose between, "to be loved by his subjects" or "to be feared by his subjects," should choose to be feared. The rationale here is that one who loves you can easily withdraw his or her loyalty to you, but is that person fear you, it will be very difficult for him or her to withdraw his or her loyalty even if he/she does not like you.
They want you to fear so that you can be control; so that they can have power over you. The church is never comfortable with someone who does not fear because a person who does not fear cannot be controlled.
But knowledge makes a man to fear less and and more difficult to be controlled. This is why religion does not want you to know. They want you to remain ignorant and be fearful.
By Philip Udoimeh