Many have mistaken the passage in Ecclesiastes to mean that we must live in fear of God. This is not what that passage means. If one goes further into the context one understands this passage:
The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole obligation of man.Ecclesiastes 12:13
A further reading tells us that there is nothing outside of living that is mans absolute duty than to keep Gods commandments.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.’Isaiah 41: 10
In the Bible, context is everything. Reading it, one must be willing to open ones mind and, in essence, obtain sustenance from His word. A light reading without full mental awareness and the desire to dig deeper can easily lead to a misunderstanding of what is being told us.
I have always considered the Bible God’s word and, as such, I feel a requirement to think of God each day. In doing so many things have been changed in my life and all for the better. Especially my reaction to people nowadays who have pathetically little understanding of who God is and what He has to tell us. It once angered me but now I consider this unfortunate for they know not what they are missing.
Answers to questions concerning our times are written in the Bible in black and white yet few any longer understand this. Few choose to understand this for God gave us all free will to make our own choices. This is why the Bible is here. It is our roadmap to everlasting life should we choose it, and He who wrote it, over worldly pleasures and concerns. I’ve said it many times, it is a simple choice. Perhaps so simple that it is mocked and laughed at in these times. Remember that when trouble becomes dire, it is not the time to find the truth. Instead, the truth is likely sitting gathering dust on a bookshelf in your home. Now is the time. Now.