On the way home yesterday, happened to see the following words high up on one of the buildings in a Methodist secondary school:
“The fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
I find this very puzzling indeed! Can someone please explain the meaning of this to me?
I mean, where would knowledge come from if we were cowering under the “might of God”? I really believe, if anything, our sense of morality should be a derivative of fear. While governmental laws are a necessary evil we may not live without, the ultimate sense of right from wrong, be it of religious or philosophical origins, should be liberating, not shackles arising from fear…