God Is Not Angry Essay

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TASK 2QUESTION 2.1And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken." (Luke 21:25, 2)The question is through the catastrophe is God angry?God is not angry if he was angry then we will not be still alive, the truth is that God is angry against sin-all sin. Unless we repent, we shall all likewise perish. There are certainly examples of God using natural disasters in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, as a means of carrying out his will on earth. But as John Mark Reynolds points out at Evangel, a passage in Luke addresses the question of "whether natural disasters are because the victims are somehow worse than others." Apparently, a tower fell and killed eighteen people and Jesus says quite explicitly, "do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."Human nature seems to always trend toward the extremes. Either God causes earthquakes and therefore is mean or God doesn't exist. Many of us, however, live out our lives in the middle. Content to grasp at the mystery, constantly trying to illuminate the dark glass through which we now see. In light of this, the hope that rises from a disaster like the earthquake in Haiti is founded in a belief that though we can't always understand God, we believe God is good. We are not left to the extremes of evil or non-existent, we are content that God is better, smarter and more loving than us and, ultimately, somehow, in controlFor example, consider the flood in Noah's day. God revealed specifically that He was going to bring this judgment, specifically what caused the judgment, and what he expected the righteous to do. Noah and his family were the only righteous on the earth (the righteous are believers who have found grace, not people who are innately morally superior to others). Noah found grace from God (Genesis 6:8), believed God (Hebrews 11:7) and Noah obeyed God, all the time "preaching" to the unbelieving world (2Peter 2:5). The flood was a direct judgment of God; and all the righteous were blessed while all the wicked were destroyed. This was not the final judgment, because those who were judged have yet to appear before the great white throne or to be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-14). The Flood was an exemplary judgment in history. We know its meaning because we have specific revelation about it. Noah's epic was not a natural disaster but a judgment.Tragedies cause many people to question God's goodness. It is distressing that natural disasters are often termed "acts of God" while no "credit" is given to God for years, decades, or even centuries of peaceful weather. God created the whole universe and the laws of nature (Genesis 1:1). Most...

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