Thursday, May 19, 2011

Is Anger a Trait God Can Not Possess? Questions and Response

The Question from my friend Paul...

So do you feel "Anger" to be a trait that God can not possess...or do you feel it is just never aimed at us ...or do you feel He is VERY selective in his use of it....even Jesus himself had cause for anger directed at people for certain things...Curious on how you feel your post meshes with the occasions where Scripture shows God the father and even Jesus himself displaying anger at the very ones that they are seeking to restore. Isn't it really a paradox...God does have anger in his nature...he just is more selective in using it than many have chosen to teach or believe. The idea of an angry God sitting on a throne waiting for us to crawl back is indeed an inaccurate picture. But the idea of a God who is never angered by our sin is also an inaccurate one as well...

A paradox indeed.

Interesting topic buddy
..looking forward to the other brother you know I have interesting thoughts on him.


A Response...


First of all, I have trouble saying that God "can not" do anything. I do believe God is angry at sin, furious even, to the point that God saw that something needed to be done and so God took action against sin.

I think it was two days ago i wrote a post about discipline and punishment, and the purpose of discipline. I go back to that post and argue that discipline is applied for the purpose of restoration.

The fact that the Father is waiting at the drive way to take his son back and restore him completely no matter what the son had done, shouldn't over shadow the fact that the Father gave the son what he had wanted in the first place. He let his son go even though he probably knew what was in store for him.

The younger son then didn't get off without experiencing the consequences of his sin and by the Father "giving his son over to his sin", the son was then stripped, and exposed by his choices left with nothing but the reality of who he was without his father.

So was the father angry? I am sure he was... Angry that lust, greed, and ultimately sin had led his son away from him, but we don't see the father in the story ever giving up on the son. We don't see the father give an ultimatum, that the son is to come back or else there is no hope.

Instead we see the father waiting for his son to return, and as a father myself, I don't have a problem believing that he would have waited for an eternity if that's how long it would have taken.

Grace and Peace,

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