Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Fear of God according to Elder Thaddeus

The fear of God is not the animal-like fear of this world. Our fear is like that, and we must strive to conquer this. Such fear is from Hades. Our life is filled with fear. We fear what tomorrow will bring, what he future has in store for us.... That is an animal-like fear. The fear of God is when you love Him, when you truly love Him with all your heart and your strive never to offend or sadden Him - not only with your deeds, actions, and words, but also with your thoughts. You try to please Him in everything you do or say. That is the fear of God - the fear of doing anything that might saddened or offend our Parent.

Our Thoughts Determine our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Translated by Anna Smiljanic, Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, Platina, CA, 2009, p. 97f.

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