Without either endorsing or rejecting C.I.'s position, i'd say it's pretty damned obvious why he posted it, but you folks are playing dumb because it is a refutation of a key part of your thesis. He's pointing out that the god of the old testament wanted to see real fear in the hearts and minds of his adherents.
Speaking for myself only, not for other Christians or theists on the thread, I have no problem with the idea of the fear of God.
In the same way that I am careful how I drive in front of a policeman for fear
[/u] of getting a ticket (not an overwhelming, paralyzing fright
[/u], but a deep respect for the position he holds
[/u] is what this word describes) , I am to fear God and not sin in front of Him (yes, this would refer to anywhere and everywhere since He is omnipresent) because He does punish sin.
There is not a problem with God punishing sin as far as I am concerned. God who made us has a right to us as the potter does with the clay.
Since Man has been given a free will, the ball is really in our court.