Fearing God

Fear brought me to God—then led me away

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“Saturn devouring his son” by Francisco Goya (Wikimedia Commons)

O sinner! consider the fearful danger you are in! It is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath that you are held over in the hand of that God whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you as against many of the damned in hell.

The mechanism of Christianity finds an analogy in the world of music, where tension is created and then resolved. A state of fear is induced and then ameliorated. The pastor talks generally about the various sins you may have committed, then offers absolution. As the lyrics of the hymn “Amazing Grace” go: “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved.”

Journalist, socialist, activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD

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