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Positive reaffirmations of love against anger

July 3, 2008
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MAY 2008 DAILY DEVOTIONALS

There are 23 percent that believe ina God of goodwill hwo shows up in our lives and is not inclined to be angry.

Thirty one point four percent believe in an authoritarian God who is very involved in our lives and apt to be angry when we don\’t do what He wants us to do.

Twenty four point four percent believe in a critical God who, although not so involved with us, will show His displeasure by punishment in the hereafter.

Sixteen percent believe in a distant God who is neither involved with us nor inclined to be angry.

Five point two percent say that they are atheists.

The Bible describes a God whose anger is an important part of His story. God express love and anger, in Genesis to Revelations. God is love. Deuteronomy 9:8-20; Psalm 7:11; and Revelations 19:11-16

The God of both testaments, however is slow to get angry. The bible describes my God has being ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness. Nehemiah 9:17; Psalm 103:8, Psalm 145:8; Joel 2:13; Johnah 4:2; Nahum 1:3 and 2 Peter 3:3-4.

God takes no pleasure in the death of those who reject him. The prophet declared that \”As I live, says the Lord God, \”I have no plesure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?\” Ezekia 33:11.

When Jesus expressed \”woes\” on His enemies, He was more sad than angry. Jesus expressed lament, regret, and distress. Luke 11:42-52

God is too loving to be angry. His anger, is slow and it remains evident that He care about the harmful things that we do to ourselves and to one another. Genesis 6:1-6; and Genesis 18:20-21; Ezekial 16:49-50.

Jesus turned the wrath of the law against Himself. God loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16). Jesus loved all of us and he could not remain uninvolved or indifferent to us, the Son of God and took our punishment that we deserve. 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 25:31-34; John 5:22-27; Acts 10:42-43; Acts 17:31; and 2nd Timothy 4:1

The author writes that the results cause him to wonder how much the people in these categories have been affected by a misunderstanding of the Bible.

In the 2006 Baylor Religion Survey, it was found that Amereicans have different opinions about whether god is inclined to be angry. Do you think that the results in the survey have misunderstood the Bible.

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