Catholics teach that the fear of god is a gift from the holy spirit.
Fear = Wisdom? Really?
I used to fear GOD. It was real to me and a constant source of stress. Perhaps when atheists speak of new found freedom, some of it is really the shedding of fear. Did you ever "FEAR the LORD? and if so, how did it feel to ditch that fear?
My parents never ever told me no supernatural, superstitious, paranormal, magical bs in my entire life; not even Santa, Easter bunny, tooth fairy, boogyman, bigfoot, etc etc. I was lucky; hell has been absurd for as long as I can remember. And I`m glad of it.
Yeah...god was like this sadistic father that I could never live up to who was supposed to love me, but would fry any of his children in hell for breaking some really stupid rules. I got pneumonia as a child and while pretty close to death I was hallucinating and talking about how much burns hurt and I would feel that forever. Scared my poor mother badly. How wonderful is religion?
When I realised god was an incompetent dick, I knew I could never fear such a being. I became an atheist shortly afterwards.
Yep when I was a believer, we were to told to obey, fear and love god. Also that hose who don't fear god, are the ones who will stray away and commit sins. Committing a sin in Islam is a huge thing.
I outgrew fear of God at around the same age that I outgrew fear of the dark and for all the same reasons.
When I believed there was a god, I thought of him as another grandpa - up there rooting for me and laughing at my mistakes. I think I got scared once - the first time I sad, "FUCK!" I really only got scared when I began to doubt, when I began to do my own research about whence the bible came to be. The more I dug, the more I felt like I was doing something really awful that would have horrible consequences.
I got scared once I discovered my genitalia's other function.
Hell and demons were some of the biggest sources of terror for me as a child.
I always knew that if there really was a god, he'd know that I doubted, so that's where I was going.
Also, when you read any religious texts and you're told from a young age that possession is real and possible.....especially if you doubt?
Stress? That's so far beyond stress.
I was always taught that to fear the Lord meant to revere him. It was a reverence - a deep respect. I can honestly say it has not disappeared in me as of yet...hard to explain. Ya know?
I constantly felt fear while I was a Christian, although it was more of a fear of hell than it was a fear of God. I was constantly afraid that I would end up in hell and might not really be "saved." When I first stopped believing in hell and the fear of it started to disappear, it was one of the best feelings I had from my deconversion experience and rather liberating, like a tremendous weight was suddenly lifted. I'd still get dreams where I ended up going to hell, but they no longer scared me anywhere near as much either.