God’s Real Nature

'For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.” So I declared on oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.”'Psalm 95:10-11

Does God get angry? I have heard many times from various sources that this cannot be a part of God's character, because it is an undesirable human trait. But these verses makes it clear that God's anger burned for forty years against the Israelite nation. And He held to the commitment that they would not enter the Promised Land, for the Bible tells us that they were left to wander in the wilderness for those forty years, while an entire generation died off. This is part of the nature of our God.

So, where do the ideas come from that preclude God from being angry, or from sending the unworthy to an eternal hell? This is a common misconception promoted by decent, honest Christians. I believe it is a result of two things – 1) the departure of our generation from study of the Word, and 2) the incessant creep of the world's doctrine into our churches. Between these two items, God's character and biblical doctrine can get twisted, and never questioned. That is a dangerous combination, for it could lead to a “new” doctrine, which the Bible warns us against at the end of the book of Revelation.


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