Angry God – This expression has been an old and even contemporary term or slogan among people. The term God is an angry God is a noticeable term among Christians and even among born again believers. It is a term that has been used to express the furious nature of God; that He is an intolerable God. This expression depicts God as a God that excruciates in anger over sins or offences committed against his standard. As a result in His wrath He consumes people who are delinquents of His laws with all alacrity. This expression in a way is a description of God. It describes the nature and character of God. However, it is commonly noticeable in the Old Testament; let’s see some of them below;
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“And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.”
And some places it is called the wrath of God as seen in the verse below;
. “The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.”
Angry God Means His Emotions Can Be Controlled:
Here, both expressions above indicate that God has anger in Him and this anger can be kindled. In this case God can be seen as a God that has dual nature that is sometimes He can be angry and sometimes He can be happy or in between. Also, from the above quotations we can easily deduce that these ‘natures’ of God depends on the reciprocating behavior of man towards Him. In that case man has what it takes to control God and His emotions if any. Any time man wants God to be happy he can make Him happy and any time he wants God to be angry he presses one button and boom God is angry.
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However, before we can ascertain if anger or wrath is an attribute of God we have to examine the nature of anger or wrath. And after this we can confidently say that God is an angry God. And in the other way round we can confidently say God is not an angry God. Let’s see what James said about man’s anger here below.
”For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
Angry God Is An Indictment On God’s Righteous Nature:
The above quotation has two important words in it, and that is wrath/anger and righteousness. The wrath or anger of man cannot workout the righteousness of God. Meaning that God is a righteous God and man’s anger cannot prove it. The above quotation didn’t say that God’s nature is wrathful but that His nature is righteous. The question is, can God be an angry God and at the same time be a righteous God? This question is very expedient and if we decipher it, it will go a long way in helping us to understand the rightful nature of God. However, one may think it is abstruse but it is not because the scripture has made everything easy for us.
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Understandably from the quotations we have above, the only thing that can make God angry is people’s misconducts. But can that really make God angry? For sure one becomes angry if he or she is not in control of things. And somehow it means that whatever that happened took the person in question by surprise. Again it means the person in question doesn’t have answer to the situation hence anger becomes the last resort. Question, is there anything that can happen without God’s knowledge? I mean can things take God unaware? I believe the answer is an emphatic No! The scripture says this about God as indicated below.
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”
God Is Not God If He Is An Angry God:
According the verse above, God knows the end from the beginning implying that before the end of anything God knew from the beginning. So nothing happens without God’s consent. Therefore, if God has the knowledge of anything before it happens it means He has the solution to the situation. However, if God becomes angry it means that He is not God because nothing should take God unawares. This is because His nature should/must be all knowing. Again, if God becomes angry as a result of any situation it is an indictment on His righteous nature. Since, the wrath of man cannot workout the righteousness of God is it God’s wrath that will produce His righteousness? Therefore, one can confidently say that God is not an angry God even to the worse sinner in this world. Apostle Peter tells us this below;
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“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9
Also he said in verse 15 of the chapter thus;
“And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;”
2 Peter 3:15
God Is A Longsuffering God:
The above quotations describe how God is not angry with people who have offended Him but His longsuffering is salvation. God wants all men to be saved and hence His longsuffering. Jesus in the gospel while describing God’s character puts it this way;
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
The reality is that if God is actually an angry God, there is no way he would have allowed His sun to shine on the evil. And there is no way He would have allowed His rain to fall on the land of the unjust. The implication of the statement above is that no one’s character has what it takes to control God’s emotion if any. This is to say that the reality is God cannot be remote-controlled by people’s character. If He can, it means He cannot control Himself! However, Apostle Paul puts it better this way below.
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”
God Works By The Counsel Of His Own Will:
The above quotation says that God ‘worketh all things after the counsel of his own will’. God doesn’t work after the counsel of people’s character against or in favour of Him but after the counsel of His own will. The will of God is what dictates things for God not people’s sin against Him. Here it is after the counsel of His own will that made Him to take the punishment of man on Himself. Notice that His anger that He would have rested on man was rested on Him. This is the expression of God’s love for man. Therefore, what we have is not an angry God but a loving God!
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So why did people die in the Old Testament? Well, the Old Testament is a covenant of sin and death. Therefore as a result, there is a just recompense to every wrong doing, and this is not because God was angry but because they have broken the standard they agreed to observe and obey. Let’s see how the writer of the book of Hebrews puts it.
“For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.”
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God Is A Loving Father:
The loving God provided a way of escape from this recompense of the spoken words of the Angels which is the law. See Galatian 3:19, Acts 7:53. However, this situation wasn’t the case with people who lived in the beginning (Genesis). They never entered into any standard or covenant with God; therefore their sins were not accounted for. Apostle Paul puts it this way;
“For until the law sin was in the world but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”
Whatever that happened under the covenant of sin and death wasn’t conducted under the counsel of God’s will. This is why He intervened in the redemption of man from the law of sin and death. See Romans 8: 2-4.
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Pastor Chukwuemeka Asiegbu is the pastor of Saved In The Lord Evangelical Ministry Inter’l. He has authored many books and he’s behind several online Christian articles.
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