The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge

I really didn’t want to start here, but everywhere else I went on wisdom required this basic understanding or else we just wouldn’t get it.

The beginning of wisdom is found in the temper of reverence and awe.

The fear of the finite in the presence of the Infinite, of the sinful in the presence of the Holy – this is the starting-point of all true wisdom.

For my friends who love the academia world – here we find the watchword of a true ethical education.

This fear has no torment, and is compatible with child-like love. But this and not love is the “beginning of wisdom.” Through successive stages and by the discipline of life, love blends with it and makes it perfect.

What is religion? The love of God, and the love of man; the former producing all obedience to the Divine will; the latter, every act of benevolence to one’s fellows. The love of God shared with us by the Holy Spirit produces the deepest religious reverence, genuine piety, and cheerful obedience. To love one’s neighbor as oneself is the second great commandment; and as love works no ill to one’s neighbour, therefore it is said to be the fulfilling of the law. Without love, there is no obedience; without reverence, there is neither caution, consistent conduct, nor perseverance in righteousness.This fear or religious reverence is said to be the beginning of knowledge; the principle, the first moving influence, born in a tender conscience by the Spirit of God. No person can ever become truly wise, who does not begin with God, the fountain of knowledge; and those of us whose mind is influenced by the fear and love of God will learn more in a month than others will in a year.

How can I explain this?  I cannot – it is a principle and as such – it is what it is.

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