Is God Angry?
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard people say things like, “If God is such a good God, why does He allow bad things happen?” or “What is He trying to teach me?” or “Why is God punishing me?”
What are the answers to these questions? Is He trying to show us something through these terrible things? Is God angry?
When tragedy happens, the first thing that most people do is blame God. They start wondering what they did wrong, what lesson they should be learning in this, and some just cmpletely turn away from God. I mean, who wants to serve a God who kills their children and gives them cancer! They see God as as a giant man, sitting on his giant white throne, with a giant white beard, and a giant lightning bolt just waiting to zap them the second they mess up!
Before we get too far into this, I have to stop here and tell you that the bad things that happen in life are not from God. He’s not teaching you anything with cancer. He’s not punishing you by killing the people you love. God is not angry at you!
If God is still punishing, or judging, the world, what was the purpose of Him sending His son to die on the cross? John 3:17 says that God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world. There was a time when judgement came because of sin, but when He sent His son to this earth, it was to close the gap between Him and man.
One of the most known verses in the Bible is John 3:16. Many nonbelievers even know this verse! It hangs on plates over dining room tables, its on t-shirts, football players write it under their eyes during championship games, it’s everywhere! But, few really understand what this verse is saying.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
What’s dangerous about verses that we’ve heard so many times is we tend to not give them as much thought because we think we’ve heard everything there is to hear about them, but I’ve received more revelation of who God is from John 3:16 than any other verse in the Bible!
I encourage anyone reading this to meditate on this verse. You will be shocked to see what God reveals to you!
“For God so loved the world…”
I want to point out the word so in the beginning of this verse. This small word is huge! It shows a longing and a passion that God had for the world. He didn’t just love the world, He so loved the world!
“that He gave…”
He gave. What does it mean to give? When you give something, is it because that person earned it? Of course not! The definition of “gave” is to freely transfer the possession of something to someone.
To give something means that it is free, unearned! Nothing was done to deserve it, it was just given. My son just turned one and we bought him gifts. We didn’t give him these gifts because he was perfect in everything he did over the first year of his life and deserved them. What a ridiculous thought! We gave him gifts because we love him.
John 3:16 doesn’t start by saying, “For God so loved the world because the world was on its best behavior therefore He gave…” No! The love that God has for the world has nothing to do with how good the world was.
Romans 5:19 explains this clearly:
Adam disobeyed God and caused many others to be sinners…
I used to think that I was a sinner because I sinned, but this verse says that my actions had nothing to do with my standing as a sinner. Because of Adam, we are all born into sin, therefore we were sinners.
We have never been punished for our actions! Whether we are born again or not, punishment does not come because of the sin we have committed.
People don’t go to hell because of the sins they commit.
And, contrary to popular belief, people don’t go to hell because of the sins they commit. If that was the case, we’d all be in trouble!
Romans 10:9 says that by believing in our heart and confessing with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, we are saved. Not our actions! HIS ACTIONS! I can’t stress this enough!
All we have to do is believe what He did. Nowhere does this say that sin negates your salvation.
The second part of Romans 5:19 says…
…But Jesus obeyed him and will make many people acceptable to God. (CEV)
Our actions didn’t make us sinners and our actions don’t make us righteous! It’s ALL about Jesus!!
When bad things happen, and people think they’re being punished, it’s going against everything that these scriptures are saying.
“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son”
I love people in general, but I can’t think of a single person on this planet that I would give my children up for. It’s not happening!
He gave His Son to a world that did nothing to deserve Him.
He gave Him to a world and knew what was going to happen.
He knew that Jesus would end up being beaten so badly that He wouldn’t be recognized as a human being. He knew He would be mocked, spit on, His beard would be plucked out of His face, and a crown of thorns would be shoved onto His head. He knew spikes would be driven through His hands and feet and He would be raised up on a cross nearly naked for the entire world to see until He died.
Why would He do this? For God so loved the world. He loves us! It’s hard for us to comprehend this kind of love. God gave His only Son to a world who didn’t even believe in Him.
It’s a lie from the pit of hell to believe that God is punishing you or trying to teach you something through the terrible things that happen. God loves you with an unconditional, unearned love that has nothing to do with what you have or haven’t done, but everything to do with what He has done.
All you have to do is believe it.