Why should I fear the Lord?
My understanding of the Divine is such that He is neither arbitrary, unkind nor cruel, but rather She is just, loving and merciful. Take the 'parent' analogy which is so commonplace when referring to God. Why, why on Earth would I fear a parent who loves and cares for their children?
How many times, when God appears to people (and God-as-Christ to his people), does the 'conversation' start with "Don't be afraid."
Why would I fear God if the first commandment of Christ is to love God with all I am?
How can I love and fear the same person...especially when love casts out fear?