The Bible has statements and commandments that on first reading, appear to be contradictory, but they aren’t if studied throughly and accurately. People will often bring these up, not as seekers of truth, but as those who want to run their own life, and declare God out of the picture.
The Bible says, “do not fear or be dismayed”, and it says it around a hundred different times. Psalms 19:9 says “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;”This phrase is used many times in the Bible as well. So we are to fear the Lord, but not to fear trials or trouble in our lives.
Another kind of fear that is commanded in the Bible in Hebrews 4:1, “Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.” And again in 1 Peter 1:17. “If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth”.
A fear that I have every day is that people that I have taught, prayed for every week for years, counseled for hours, will fall away from following the Lord. The apostle Paul had the same fear and says, “I fear for you that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor would be in vain.”
We live in a day and age where 75% of the U.S.population claims to be a born again Christian, but I fear that is true of only about 10%, and the other 65% are going to be so surprised at the point of their death. Eternity is a long time. Heaven and hell are very real places where very real people will spend eternity.