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God’s Wrath vs. God’s Love/Forgiveness

You know how there are two sides to every coin? Well, there are also two sides to God. Many churches today only preach about God’s loving, forgiving grace and how “God is love”. And while God IS love, many churches of today also forget to mention something called “God’s Righteous/Divine Wrath”. It was apparent many times throughout the Old Testament and even a few times in the New Testament (after God had taken the fleshly form of Jesus Christ).

But the difference between God’s anger and our anger, is this: God’s Anger is righteous, while our anger is not. Why? Our anger (in human vanity) accompanies sin but God’s anger does not. If, for example, God is mad because most men/women in today’s times aren’t chasing after righteousness, that is classified as divine anger. But if we ourselves get angry over someone else’s un-righteousness, then our anger is sinful since we are technically judging others before we judge ourselves.

God is sovereign and created us all, therefore, he has no “need” to be measured up to anyone or anything else. AND he only wants what’s best for us. Therefore, God’s Anger is Righteous!

There were honestly many times throughout my lifetime when I was able to feel God’s love (a word of encouragement from a friend, a kind stranger who smiled at me at the grocery store, many good miracles happening in the news, the peace in my soul that comes from knowing that I’m saved in Jesus’s name, etc.)

But since “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23], that means that I, along with everyone else on this Earth, am not perfect. There have also been times in my life where I have made God VERY righteously angry.

In the year 2000 or 2001, me and a Catholic friend Sarah were just hanging at my place, chillaxing on a cloudy/rainy Friday afternoon. I was in the process of moving some furniture around and had my old bed and bed frame out in my living room. Suddenly, (or so I thought), I had this funny idea. I put myself in front of the bed frame and then held it up to either side to mimic Jesus on the cross. I said to my friend: “dudey, dudey, why have you forsaken me?” thinking it was just a funny, harmless joke. Sarah thought it was funny and turned around and did the same thing.

Later on that day, Sarah and I discovered that it was none other than…….GOOD FRIDAY!! And even though there was no violent thunderstorm or lightning or fire coming down from heaven or anything like that just then, after we both performed what we thought was our “harmless joke”, I pretty much knew in the depths of my soul somehow that God was mad at us. The only question was, how mad?

We both apologized to the Lord on the spot (while still thinking in the back of our minds that it was still a harmless joke).

Later on that night, I saw something I’ll never forget, so help me God! I was awakened by some EXTREMELY loud crackles in the sky, followed by one of THE MOST violent thunderstorms I had ever seen in ALL MY LIFE! I looked outside and there was this HUGE, white ball of light at the top of the sky and out of this huge ball of light was this thick, neon green lightning bolt. And the huge ball of light kept moving around but stayed in a fixed, stationary position in the sky every time it “stop/paused” to bring about the HUGE strike from the neon green lightning bolt, protruding down OUT of it! There was no doubt in my mind; this was the Lord’s SEVERE WRATH upon me and my friend for what we thought was our *harmless joke*.

I looked out my window and the thunder and lightning bolt kept getting closer and closer to my bedroom window!!! I LITERALLY thought it was the End of the World! I cowered in fetal position and hid underneath my blanket and started crying hysterically and praying for it all to end! And then I thought I heard three loud words coming from somewhere: “D O N ‘ T  M O C K  M E!” And I got even more scared!

And every time I thought “why are you getting so angry for, Lord? It wasn’t that bad, it was just a harmless, innocent joke! I didn’t truly MEAN anything by it! You KNOW that! Give me a break!” the lightning and thunder would go BBAAMM, BBAAMM, BBAAAMM and get closer and closer to my window! I truly thought I was gonna be struck to death with that neon green lightning bolt and DIE! I had never been more scared in my LIFE! And yet, every time I thought it WAS pretty bad what me and her had said, the *storm* would start to lessen a bit & start to move away from my window!

I was absolutely utterly terrified, worried that the Lord was gonna strike me down with that huge neon green lightning bolt any second! Once I realized how wrong I was in what I said and did earlier that day, ESPECIALLY on a “Good Friday” of all days, I just felt SO bad for what I said, that I told God that he was right and that I deserved to die for my misdeed against him; against the holy Son who saved me from death when I was younger!

And slowly but surely, the *storm* started to recede away. I saw the neon green lightning bolt being sucked back up into the sky, *into* the huge white ball of light and then the huge ball of light completely disappeared in the sky. The next thing I know, there was a peaceful breeze blowing outside. Even though I definitely did NOT deserve it, I felt as that was the Lord’s way of communicating to me that he had forgiven me after my SEVERE repentance/change of heart but to also remind me to never sin in that way ever again, less something worse should happen to me!

And I felt the Lord’s love for me SO strongly then, at that moment in time of the peaceful breeze blowing outside. Just like I also felt the total WEIGHT of my sin and how truly AWFUL it had been! [Even looking back to that, this very DAY, I’m STILL ashamed of my sin that day and of how I didn’t truly realize/recognize at that time that making ANY type of religious “joke” (EVEN if the “joke” is not meant AT ALL to mock Christ/the bible/the biblical prophets in ANY type of way) DOES in fact mock Christ/the bible/the biblical prophets. SO THINK TWICE BEFORE MAKING YOUR NEXT “BIBLICAL JOKE”. OR BETTER YET…….DON’T **EVEN** MAKE ANY BIBLICAL JOKES **AT ALL**!]  

The next afternoon, Sarah came over to my place to hang out again and she asked me “dude, did you experience that nasty, violent t-storm last night or was it just me, man?” And I was relieved to know that I wasn’t the only one who had experienced that! But anyways, we were standing there in my yard animatedly talking about it when my neighbor the next house over said to us: “STORM? Ha! What storm? There was no storm, believe me, I would’ve heard one had there been one!” Her and I both immediately looked at each other like “oh my gosh! It really WAS the Lord! D U D E!”

“For the Wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” – Romans 1:18

But needless to say, I have definitely learned my lesson about making any types of “jokes” about Jesus and I haven’t DARED tried [even remotely] to evoke God’s Wrath since then and I’d STRONGLY recommend you people didn’t, either.

Remember: God is like a parent. He is a loving, patient parent but he CAN lose his patience at times, when we, his created children, are disobedient.

And all the people that God will send to hell and/or eternal condemnation in the flames someday are those “people” if you will, who no matter HOW many times God tried to warn and/or save them, REFUSED to be warned/saved. So remember that.

Why Did God Allow “Sin” Into the World?

Many people ask why God even put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden to begin with, if he didn’t want Adam & Eve eating of the fruit from it. The answer is that he wanted to give them, like his angels in heaven, free will; the chance to CHOOSE to love him willfully, rather than to be their *dictator*, if you will….

It’s also a part of WHY he allowed sin to come into the world…….So people would have free will and could CHOOSE if they wanted to love God and follow LIFE/LIGHT (a life of obedience to God) or darkness/spiritual depravity (a life of disobedience to God). Think of parents and their children for example. Parents don’t FORCE their kids by sheer force to love them or be good 24/7. Yet, if their children are bad, they are punished. And if they are permanently bad beyond repair, and CHOOSE to be, the parents throw the kid out and disown them. So it is with God.

“So how DID sin come into the world?”, one might ask. 

In the beginning of time, in the Old Testament, in the bible [GENESIS 2:18-25 to GENESIS 3:1], we read about how “sin” came into the Earth. God made Adam from the dust of the ground and from one of Adam’s ribs, he made Eve. God said that Adam & Eve could eat from any tree of fruit in the Garden of Eden (Paradise) except from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. God said that IF either of them ate the fruit of that Tree, that they would both surely die.

One day as Eve was near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, a serpent approached Eve and tempted her to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. He told Eve that God wanted to keep the best things away from her and Adam and that if her and Adam ate the fruit from the tree, that they surely wouldn’t die, only that they would have their eyes opened and be LIKE unto God, having the knowledge between Good and Evil. So Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam to eat, too. [GENESIS 3:4-6]

When God came through the Garden later that night and called “Adam, where art thou?”, Adam replied “I hid because I was naked and I was afraid”. God said to Adam: “why is thou naked? Hast thou eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of which I told you not to eat?” But immediately Adam tried to blame Eve by saying “the woman that thou hast given me, she gave me of the fruit and I ate”. Then God turned to Eve and said “what is this evil thing you have done?” and Eve replied “the serpent tricked me into eating the fruit and I ate”. [GENESIS 3:11-13]

Then God turned to the serpent and said “Because thou has done this, thou will be cursed of all domestic animals and of all wild beasts. Thou shall crawl on thy belly and eat dust all thou’s life. Also, I will put enmity [hatred] between you and the woman; also between your offspring and her offspring; he will crush your head and you will crush his heel”
[GENESIS 3:14-15]

To the woman (Eve) God said “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” [GENESIS 3:16]

To the man (Adam) God said “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you ‘You shall not eat of it’, cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of you were taken and you are dust, and to dust you shall return” [GENESIS 3:16-19]

God threw them out from the Garden of Eden and put a flaming sword in every direction to guard the path to the tree of life. [GENESIS 3:24]

Later on, Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Abel was a sheppard while Cain was a tiller of the fields. One day, Cain brought an offering to God from the soil while Abel brought an offering from the firstlings of his flocks, especially from their fat portions. 

God was pleased with Abel’s offering but not Cain’s and so Cain became angry, with his face downcast. God said to Cain “Why is thou angry and why is thy face downcast? If thou does right, will there not be a lifting up? But if those misbehaves, sin is crouching at the door; its intention is towards you, and you must master it” [GENESIS 4:5].

Not much longer after that, the biblical account continues and we read in the bible of Cain “luring” his brother out into the field and then killing him, DUE to his total jealousy and rage that God accepted Abel’s offering to God on the altar of praise/thanksgiving but not Cain’s! God then later came back at Cain and said where is thy brother Abel?” to which Cain responded “I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?” to which God responded back “Cain, your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!……….”

God then proceeded to punish Cain by making him an outcast and a vegabond, etc., Cain cried out to God and said “my punishment is more than I can bear, every man seeing me will try to kill me, and thou hast driven me out from my people!” God then had a little “mercy” on Cain and placed a special mark on him so that whoever tried to kill him wouldn’t be successful in doing so, is sort’ve the jist I get from that. And Cain later moves on OUT OF THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD (and remember, this is very significant, here) and moves to land of Nod with his wife. [And yes: I believe God “spliced” more people from Cain and Seth on until he didn’t need to “splice” them anymore].

So that’s where the two accounts of “original sin” and “death” come in, as it pertains to the Earth (Eve, the first woman, eating of the forbidden fruit and then giving some to Adam to eat and then later on of Cain killing his brother Abel). And so it has been ever since (humans being sinners).

So what is sin, essentially? And why did God allow for it to come into the world?

Sin is technically classified as anything that *separates us from God*. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit God told them not to and when Cain killed his brother Abel…. not only were they condemning themselves to die (for if they had never sinned, they would’ve lived forever in Paradise with God), but they were also *separating themselves* from God since God is a holy, pure God and can not look upon any *sin*. And remember that NO human is perfect, save for God. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

Lets take a look at the 10 Commandments & other sins to get a good idea of what God calls “sin”:

10 Commandments:

1. Thou shall have no other gods before me. (This doesn’t just apply to “literal” gods other than Elohim {God, the Heavenly Father} but can also be things like money, music, alcohol, drugs, pornography, a celebrity or political leader or basically just ANYTHING that would conceivably make a person love something or someone else more than they love God!)

2. Thou shall not make unto thee any idols or graven images. (Similar to the 1st commandment, this is basically telling us not to worship paintings, pictures, statues, wood carvings, molded/wax images, celebrities [music, tv/movie/radio/internet/sports stars, authors, preachers, money, etc.]

3. Thou shall not take the name of thy Lord in vain. (It’s not just saying G-d it or “J!” or “J Christ!” that can get you in trouble with God but also things like “oh my G-d…”, or “oh G-d…” or “G-d that sucks” or “so help me G-d/G-d as my witness” [spoken in a non-religious context] or “G-d, you’re so rude” [when talking to another person and not God himself] or basically just any SENTENCE in general that uses God in a non-religious, non-humble way).

4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. (Ancient BIBLICAL times place the Sabbath Day on Saturday (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) while CONSTANTINE was wishing to live in harmony with the Pagan Roman Empire, thus declaring the Sabbath Day to be Sun-Day, which Pagans used to worship the SUN, not THE SON of Almighty God! Therefore, Sun-day is a FALSE Sabbath and Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is the TRUE, BIBLICAL SABBATH and is used to served as a SIGN of the “covenant” between God and his people!

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy, however, technically means to not do any work during the Day and to give the full day up to worship God and pray/praise Him for all he’s done for all of mankind and in one’s life, essentially. The 7th day Sabbath is not a “Jewish Sabbath” per say, but rather, it’s a BIBLICAL Sabbath to be observed by ALL of God’s people, not just SOME of God’s people! Cause afterall, think about it: why would the Lord God Almighty himself create in 6 days, then CONSECRATE and make holy the 7th day, only to ALLOW Constantine (a mere human MAN) to CHANGE his holy consecrated 7th day Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday? Answer: He wouldn’t!!!!!!

5. Honor thy Father and thy Mother. (This means to not only respect one’s own parents but to love them unconditionally and respect their parental advice/ancestry/etc.)

6. Thou shall not kill. (Put simply, it means don’t murder other human beings or oneself, accept in cases of self-defense. Jesus said Matthew 5:22-25 that “whoever hates their brother/sister without cause has committed murder in their hearts”. But it can also mean don’t kill animals just for “sport”. This is seen as unclean in God’s eyes).

7. Thou shall not commit adultery. (This means not to have sexual relations with someone who’s married/engaged to someone else OR divorced…..because to remarry with a divorced person is seen as adultery in God’s eyes. And God says in Matthew 5:27-28 that when a man looks at a woman to lust after her or when a woman looks at a man to lust after him, they have committed adultery with that person in their hearts. However, if a spouse dies, then it’s okay to remarry and no sin of adultery has been committed). It also means not to have sex before marriage.

8. Thou shall not steal. (This can literally mean ANYTHING that belongs to someone else, even if it’s just a single penny, pen, piece of writing, etc.)

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (In short, don’t lie….no matter how hard it is to tell the truth…..for the Lord God Yahweh (God, the Heavenly Father) hates ALL lies, no matter how small they are and no matter WHAT the reason is. God doesn’t care. Sin is sin to him. He makes no distinction). In the special case of lying to protect one’s feelings, God STILL hates lying. The truth is ALWAYS the best, even if it hurts. It may hurt for awhile, yes, but God is a God of healing. He can heal that person’s hurt. It’s better for a person to know the truth now, rather than to find out the truth later. The truth will hurt SO much more when and if it’s delayed.

10. Thou shall not covet anything that is thy neighbors. (In short, it just simply means don’t be jealous/envious of things/talents/people that belong to someone else. Unless you want to have something like *more faith*. That is the ONLY type of jealousy that I can personally conceive in my mind as being considered as *righteous jealousy* in God’s eyes. All other jealousies or “I wish I had what so and so has” is un-righteousness and sinful.

The only exception I can think of to this would be if someone *lets* another have what they have or once had. Then it’s technically not coveting/envying on that person’s part….? Although the Lord still might not totally like the fact that person A WANTED so badly what belonged to person B, initially……(ESPECIALLY if the “thing” in question was NOT a *righteous thing* such as “more faith”, etc.)……EVEN if person B actually GAVE what they have/had to person A……so be careful, folks! If you’re gonna be “jealous” of anything at all towards anyone, make sure it’s a 100% RIGHTEOUS JEALOUSY such as “Lord, give me more faith like THIS person has” or “Lord, give me the type of faith that King David had!” 😉

Other sins:

1. Sloth – being lazy, doing nothing, laying in bed all day
2. Greed – not giving to the poor or helping others in need, only thinking of one self
3. Pride – putting oneself above others and above God
4. Anger/Wrath – holding grudges/having severe hatred for someone
5. Gluttony – overeating or more than is necessary for one meal

But the truth is, NOBODY is perfect and we are ALL going to fall short of the mark, on these. And God knew that ahead of time. That’s why he made Jesus Christ pay the “penalty” for mankind’s sins on the Cross. So that “through” Jesus Christ, we may believe and our souls may become “clean” in God’s site. For God is a holy, pure God and can’t let any “unforgiven sin” into paradise/the earthly heavenly realm talked about in Revelation chapter 21-22.

However, if we accept Jesus Christ as the Lord & Savior of mankind, pray for forgiveness of our sins, repent of our sins, become IMMEDIATELY full-water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ upon VERY FIRST believing in him (because remember that the people in Jesus’s time got immediately baptized with little or no delay after very first believing in him — which no doubt made their baptism all the more powerful & life-changing), and then CONTINUE to live our lives for Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty by APPLYING HIS mandates/commands to OUR everyday lives, we are “made clean” in God’s eyes! We are then forgiven for all of our sins and can enter His Eternal City called “New Jerusalem” [Revelation, chapters 21-22], someday! 😉 

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:16]