I think everyone should be very much in ‘fear’ – since the prospect of burning alive for some ‘eternal’ amount of time can only generate such a response (it’s very normal to have this response to such dire consequences). But what does this say about God?
One thing is for sure – God is into intimidation if ‘hell’ is real. The idea is if you won’t follow out of love or common sense – then God will get ya another way – through fear…and not that normal ‘run of the mill’ fear – no something much bigger from a much bigger source (an unknown source at that). This unknown aspect of God can only make one leave some room for this ‘fear’ (can’t be too sure so I better cross all my t’s and dot all my i’s type things).
That’s why ‘hell’ as an idea – as is used in most churches (a literal place) – just has to be wrong. It promotes a fear based faith versus a loving version of that same faith – and one cannot help but keep the fear part and mingle it with the love part – making a contradiction about God.
How can one be pre-supposed to love God and not fear Him? Hell as an ultimate punishment leaves little room for question marks when you think about it – so even questioning falls on the taboo side of things. What if your beliefs are wrong – then what? Then you are dealing with ‘fear’ and no longer ‘love’…meaning your bottom line with God is basically ‘fear’…and is this healthy?