God is one of the essential elements in most people’s lives. Though there is bias in views and thoughts about God, still, god is indispensable in human life. The thought of a God is planted in mind since childhood by the parents or the society around them.
Rarely do some of them become spontaneously involved in the belief in god. Among the people who believe in God, we can have two different sets of devotees. One set of them can be called god loving while the other set as god-fearing.
Though the two terms seem similar, they have distinct differences in how they perceive spirituality and the extent to which they are bound to God.
Below we will see how two different sets of people view God and things related to a god.
These are people who love God and so they worship him out of pure love towards God.
These people become so from birth or attain that state after some experiences in life. Once they become god loving, they never go from the path entirely. Though they involve in worldly life, they still have the essence of God within.
For them, god is inbound and help them whenever they want and for whatever they ask.
They pray to god spontaneously, i.e., without any set time schedule or routines.
They do not like to argue about God. They see god in almost all the people and living beings around.
They do not discriminate between animals and humans, rich and poor; they treat everyone alike.
They even do not show mercy to handicaps. For them, everyone is the same, equal, and everything in the right place.
They even fight with god and even abuse him at times out of frustration towards him.
They are not much concerned about rituals like lighting a dhoop stick (incense stick) or candles for worship. They also are not concerned about going to a temple or church or mosque.
They pray to god from any place at any time.
They do not cause trouble to other humans or animals in the name of god.
These people practice rituals and worship to god at home or temples, or other places of worship. They are influenced to do so due to circumstances or sometimes driven by desire.
They can quite god if there are influences to do so. They see god only in idols or places of worship and every other thing in the world is normal like them and not god.
They like listening to scriptures or read books to enlighten their knowledge of god and try to influence others with that knowledge. They have discrimination with gods, religions, poor, rich, etc.
They practice rituals like donations, lighting candles, following any religious preachers.
They can be violent in the name of god. Even terrorists causing destruction in the name of God is also an example of God-fearing people. Among some religions, there is a sacrifice of animals to god. This is not considered required by god loving people.
God Loving vs. God-Fearing People
|Sl.No||God Loving||God fearing|
|1||They are bold in the matter of God||They are timid in the name of god.|
|2||They are strongly connected to God and his path.||They are weakly connected to god and his path|
|3||The passion of God comes from within. They do not need anyone to explain or provoke towards god.||The passion of god comes due to external real-life impulses and experiences.|
|4||They do not deviate from God due to external influences.||They can deviate from the path of god.|
|5||They are less concerned about religion.||They are very strict about the religion they follow.|
|6||They have self-knowledge and wisdom of God.||They have more bookish knowledge than Own wisdom.|
|7||They are stable and do not change into god-fearing types.||They are less stable and very much possible to convert into god loving type.|
|8||They are peace-loving and sympathetic to the poor, needy, and helpless.||They can be violent as they do not see god in other things around.|
|9||They do not need religious preaching to have the thoughts of God.||They need religious perching to have thought of God in their heart.|
|10||They are more responsible citizens.||They may or may not be responsible.|
|11||They prefer a simple lifestyle.||If chance permits they prefer a rich lifestyle.|