You wrote : "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction"<quoted text>
Joshua was a Man of God, The inquisitors were not of God.
God judges who makes it and who doesn't make it. Not you and certainly not me.
Disobeying God is not minor.
Even some of he Prophets/Holy people, were reprimanded for not believing.
Ho, Ho, Ho.
18 Zechariah said to the angel,“How can I know that what you say is true? I am an old man, and my wife is old, too.”
19 The angel answered him,“I am Gabriel. I stand before God, who sent me to talk to you and to tell you this good news. 20 Now, listen! You will not be able to speak until the day these things happen, because you did not believe what I told you. But they will really happen.”
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Is God not the God of love? Why do we have to fear Him? Why do we have to fear someone who loves us, someone we love? Do you fear your parents, your wife, your children?
Fear Him? Why? We'll be good because we're afraid of Him and his eternal damnation threats? What kind of cynicism is that anyhow? These are Holy words?