My liberal side likes to un-assign the quality of wrath from God. But I grew up believing that God was also a god to be feared because wrath would come if we didn’t choose Him.
Recently I thought I had found a way for them both to be true- that God isn’t a god of wrath, but wrath will come. I was pretty excited because I thought I saw evidence that for those who didn’t choose God, he just eventually withdrew his mercy and let the fallen creatures consume their own. He withdraws his hand for those who do not want him and lets violent beasts do their thing Let the corruption of selfish humans be their own downfall. That really sat a lot easier in me.
But the more I read, it really does look like God, or at least God by commanding the creatures in his army, reap God’s wrath.
I really dislike that. I want God to be kind through and through. But maybe that is a product of our softy, sensitive culture.
But I don’t think we should be too surprised about this. Other religions have gods of destruction. Hindus and the ancient Egyptian gods and greek gods. And the yin of death to the yang of life is present in Buddhism.
I just don’t think we as modern Americans think like the rest of the world has for every century until this one. And maybe it’s egotistical to think that we are the right one. We may be the most advanced scientifically and technologically, but perhaps we have written over the reality of certain ancient truths that have existed since humanity started.
So what’s the takeaway? I think maybe, again, I need to remember that God is God, and He will do what He chooses. And his ways are way above my ways.
And I’ll just try my best to be loyal to him and his requests of me.
Raw Spoon. 3-11-16