Somewhere in the Bible it states that "fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. I'm not sure I can agree with this because somewhere between prayer and wisdom I have actually lost my fear of God. Don't get me wrong. I still love, reverence, respect and worship Him but my attitude towards him has changed dramatically.
The church paints this image of God as a mean, exacting judge sitting up above with a hammer in his hand, waiting to smash our heads in with it if we mess up. How many times have you been told God will "strike you down?" Further more how often do we hear people attribute death, disease, storms and every other life hardships to "an act of God"? As if God is on some kind of mission to cause harm and mayhem to our lives. The churches I grew up in did a good job of literally scaring the hell out of people. I am sure that methodology works well for those who use it.
Butthis mean spirited, vindictive, unforgiving God that so many like to preach of, bears little or no resemblance to the God Jesus spoke of in His Ministry. I don't see a God that strikes people down, but instead the God that raises us up. I don't see the God that harms but the God that heals. I don't see a God that punishes, but a God that forgives. I don't see the God that is our judge, I see the God that is our Father. There is no angry God looking down on us, there is a loving God who wants only the best for each and everyone of us. So which God do you choose. The angry God of so many modern Christians or the God of Jesus?