“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”This doctrine is repeated many times in sacred scripture, so much so that we really ought to take notice and give it significant weight. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: this confounds heretics and libertines. Modern Biblical exegesis attempts to explain this away, by giving us images of a passive and nice Jesus, rather than the Lion of Judah, Whose return is called a day of wrath and a day of mourning, when Heaven and Earth will be burning to ashes.
When disaster strikes, like we see in a large scale now in Japan, or in commonplace but devastating personal tragedies, this nice, inoffensive, modern philosophy fails us. Rather, our supposedly sweet and gentle ‘buddy’ Jesus takes away with a shocking ferocity.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.