God Loving vs. God Fearing People|11 Important differences

God is one of the vital forces in most people’s lives.

Though there is bias in views and thoughts about God, God is still indispensable in human life.

The thought of a God is planted in their minds since childhood by their parents or the society around them.

Rarely do some of them become spontaneously involved in the belief in god.

We can have two different types of devotees among those who believe in God.

One group can be called god loving, while the other is 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.

God-loving people

  • These people love God, and they worship him out of pure love.
  • These people are so from birth or attain that state after some real life-changing experiences.
  • 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 helps them whenever they want and for whatever they ask.
  • They pray to god spontaneously, i.e., without any set schedule or routines.
god loving vs god fearing
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  • 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 sympathy for the handicapped but be friendly instead.
  • For them, everyone is the same, equal, and everything is in the right place.
  • At times, they even fight with god and abuse him out of frustration.
  • They are not much concerned about rituals like lighting a dhoop stick (incense stick) or candles for worship.
  • They are also not concerned about going to a temple, 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.

God-fearing people

  • These people practice rituals and worship God out of fear.
  • They do so at homes or temples, or other places of worship.
  • They are influenced to do so due to circumstances or some preachings.
  • They can see the god in the way they are influenced 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 reading books to enlighten their knowledge of god and influence others with that knowledge.
  • They discriminate against gods, religions, the poor, rich, etc.
  • They practice rituals like donations, lighting candles, and following any religious preachers.
  • They can be violent in the name of god. Even terrorists who act in the name of God are also an example of God-fearing people.

Among some religions, there is a sacrifice of animals to god.

 God Loving vs. God-Fearing People

Sl.NoGod LovingGod-fearing
1They are bold in the matters of GodThey are timid in the name of god.
2They are strongly connected to God and his path.They are forcefully connected to god and his path
3The passion of God comes from within. They do not need anyone to explain or provoke god.The passion of god comes due to external influences and experiences.
4They do not deviate from God due to external influences.They may deviate from the path of god.
5They are less concerned about religion.They are very strict about the religion they follow.
6They have self-knowledge and wisdom of God.They have more bookish knowledge than their own wisdom.
7They are stable and do not change into god-fearing types.They are less stable and may convert into a god-loving type.
8They 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.
9They do not need religious preaching to have the thoughts of God.They need religious perching to have thought of God in their heart.
10They are more responsible citizens.They may or may not be responsible citizens.
11They prefer a simple lifestyle.If chance permits, they adopt a prosperous lifestyle.

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  1. Interesting table. It appears to be non-Christian in origin.

    The Bible tells us that fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Psa 111:10], and it is our human duty (Eccles. 12:13), and is clean, enduring for ever (Psalm 19:9).

    However, as we grow in our knowledge of God, we like God more & more, then love God more & more, and our fear of God somewhat dissipates, but never goes away totally. Even if we 100% trust God, are we, as frail, sinful humans, 100% trustworthy? As imperfect humans, could we lose our love for God, as Satan did, then God would be forced to react against us, just as He divorced Israel for her repeated infidelity (Jeremiah 3:8), or tossed Satan out of Heaven, and ultimately judge Satan to an eternity in the Lake of Fire. Should we not be afraid of God and this possible infidelity by us in the back recesses of our mind?

    • Hi Glenn, the fear of god stems from the fear of death and uncertainty. But does a real child fears its mother or father? No, unless the parents are harsh. For a god-loving person, there will be no fear of God.

  2. I totally believe that, we should love god and not be afraid of god. I have one family member who do worship to pleased to god. He always take name of god like he got some punishment to do so.


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