Skip to comments.Understanding God's Anger: Compline, Anger, and God
Posted on 11/10/2010 9:03:03 PM PST by Salvation
Understanding God's Anger Compline, Anger, and God W Remember man, remember woman, that His ways are not your ways. To understand the passion of God's love, we must look carefully at our own. We are, after all, made in the image of God, and God is Love. What does love prompt in us? What does it motivate us toward? Let us look deeply into our own love first before we attempt to understand the love of God, which, we are told repeatedly, is "a
What, then, are we to say of anger ... particularly God's anger? Is not anger one of the Seven Capital Sins? How can we, then, ascribe this to God Most Holy? We are perplexed by references to God's anger, most often dismissing them to the cultural peculiarities and obscure literal nuances of Jewish literature evident, most notably, in the Old Testament, where, we are told, God was simply misconstrued as a "God of wrath" --- unlike His Son Who revealed Him in terms of love. But even in the Son we find, "the wrath of the Lamb" (Apoc. 6.16) in the Book of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation). What, then, are we to make of this seeming contradiction between the God of Love that we have come to understand in Jesus Christ, and the God of wrath? Is He the one, or the other? Is He both? Or is it the case that the notion of anger itself is an expression of love?
Remember man, remember woman, that His ways are not your ways.God is Love
To understand the passion of God's love, we must look carefully at our own. We are, after all, made in the image of God, and God is Love. What does love prompt in us? What does it motivate us toward? Let us look deeply into our own love first before we attempt to understand the love of God, which, we are told repeatedly, is "ajealous love". Who has not come to understand in a way that allows of no equivocation, the depth and intensity of the love of a spouse --- once that love has been provoked to jealousy through being threatened by the competing love of another? In the face of this outrage, one begins to grasp the deep sense of ones value to the lover. Who has not experienced a profound and deeply humbling sense of irreplaceable worth, when the jealous love of a lover expresses itself in anger, both at the beloved and the one provoking the jealousy? A completely righteous anger is stirred in the lover who perceives the possible loss of the beloved to another ... especially to another who would mistreat,
use, and value far less the beloved who, to the lover, is of unsurpassable worth. Who would see his wife wrenched from his absolute love and devotion, throw off her dignity as wife and mother, and become in the eyes of the world, and eventually in her own eyes, a mere courtesan through the passing and passionate whim, the lies and deceits, of another? Who could withhold his anger? Who would not strike out, not in punishment, but in pain? Would we characterize, even dismiss, such a hapless man, in this paroxysm of jealousy and indignation, as simply an innately angry individual with a penchant for punishment? This is the Book of Hosea. If you really want to understand the nature of God's love and the essence of what we misconstrue as His "anger", read the Book of Hosea. Is there a more poignant account of the love of God for His people than what we encounter in these pages? Let us take another tack: what father, upon seeing his son innocently responding to the wanton and perverse solicitation of another man, would not scold the child in a rage as towering in height as the love that provoked it, and strike out at once and without compunction at the one seducing his son from his of innocence? What father, loving a child, would reason thus: "Well, such things are acceptable in these evil days, and any expression of anger on my part would not be deemed "correct", and what is more, I am liable to infringe on the liberty of that man, however salacious (albeit, in a day long gone) his intentions are, and however harmful they will be to my son. I will then restrain myself, hold to correctitude, and say nothing and do nothing that would compromise my esteem in the community." Do we not say as much in our reproach to God's anger? How incredibly blind we are to the love of God! We despise His anger as unworthy of a perfect God, instead of seeing the perfect love of God within it! The Father in His righteous anger --- which flowsfrom
Who among us has not encountered a situation where gentle appeals to correction fall on deaf and unwilling ears? How often has God first said, "Come, let us reason", and that failing, resorted to the means alone through which correction would be motivated? Even after 40 years in the desert, Israel remained "a stiff-necked people", just as we remain obdurate in our sins until some calamity befalls us that finally causes us to recognize that the way
Even after 40 years in the desert, Israel remained "a stiff-necked people", just as we remain obdurate in our sins until some calamity befalls us that finally causes us to recognize that the waywe
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Thanks for posting that. It’s something I’ve wanted to learn more about.
My first thought on God’s anger: “....God is angry with the
wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11)
My second thought: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: but he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. “ (John 3:36)
So, what if God did get angry at times? he is the one who created me, so as far as that goes it could be do as i say, not necessarily do as i do.
I heard that many times from my elders when i was young, people who do not control their children to some degree are
making a heavier load for them selves as well as making it rough for the young ones.
Getting angry and being able to control anger is different,
if you grow your child up letting it have its own way, then it is more apt to go into a rage if it don,t get its own way.
I don,t know if Jesus was angry or not but this scripture indicates he was not pleased.
Matt ch 21
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Could it be that some times it takes a little anger to get a childs attention? not necessary referring to age.
I understand G-d’s anger very well. I have two teenagers!
I understand G-ds anger very well. I have two teenagers!
Anger is not a sin.
It´s how one reacts to anger that determines sin or goodness.
Agreed. I was responding to the second question asked in the first line of the article.