• Throughout the Bible we are told to fear God. What does that mean? Question and Answer

    Proverbs 9:10

    We need to make some important distinctions about the biblical meaning of “fearing” God. These distinctions can be helpful, but they can also be a little dangerous. When Luther struggled with that, he made this distinction, which has since become somewhat famous: He distinguished between what he called a servile fear and a filial fear. The servile fear is a kind of fear that a prisoner in a torture chamber has for his tormentor, the jailer, or the executioner. It’s that kind of dreadful anxiety in which someone is frightened by the clear and present danger that is represented by … View Resource

  • What is your view of Proverbs 22:6? Question and Answer

    Proverbs 22:6

    Often in the Proverbs, and in other places in Scripture as well, statements are made of general principles, or of ordinarily true realities. We sometimes get in trouble if we take a verse like Proverbs 22:6 and say, “This is a guarantee that everyone who trains up a child in the way he will go can be assured that child will follow in that path.” We have the case of many godly parents in the Old Testament who saw some children not turn out well. Of course, you could say that none of us train up our children in the … View Resource