Fear is so often used in the great monotheisms. Do you fear a God? How do you perceive and embody that fear? Why do you think your God told your prophets to tell you to fear his vindictiveness? Does such a fear tangibly seem more about social politics being hijacked by religion, (and used with great moral ambiguity),? When I look at nature outside of our anthropomorphic stereotypes I see no hint of any vengeance being played out in the cosmos. And I mean no hint emphatically. Nature is entirely ambivalent in the face of such notions. We see fear only in highly evolved animals that have the cognitive capacity to recognise and react to threat. It is an animal survival mechanism and thus not uniquely bestowed with original sin in the fall of man. Fear is an evolved animal response not a created state. Religions, and here I am not constrained just to the big monotheisms, play to the fears we have naturally in a world full of risk of varying degree. As our minds are evolved to continually assess for risk it is inevitable that it would be expressed in our religions. Unfortunately they have all tended to use fear, and its succour, as a kind of carrot and stick mind game that does not help any of us.