Is God angry with himself, are we angry with him, is he angry with us, are we angry with ourselves? Is anger just a difference of opinion?
Man being made in the image of God, seems to indicate that God must be angry, because so many of us are angry people. We see this anger emerging in various ways, often violently. Those people who have an angrier God that ours, react the more violently.
Many people see God as violent and angry.
Can God be angry with Himself? And if God is not so, why do we see our internal anger as being attributable to him?
What then, is anger. Anger is a conflict between two opposing sides or positions. Two “powers” wage war against one another. Therefore both of these parties must have some individual power to begin with. Man feels internal anger, and wants to release this on others, since he does not know how to release it on himself (Although some do).
Man was made like God, only without the perfection of God. Because man for whatever reason in his current state of “fallen-ness” sees himself as a god by birthright, he is frustrated by his inner weakness and then condemns himself for it. Not knowing or understanding the things within him that are opposing his desired reality of internal cohesiveness and integrity, there is a conflict involved that tends to tear him apart.
Notably this conflict is increased as the strength of one of the parties increases, and an example of this is when man is confronted with law which then presents a clear view of the difference between himself and his perception of wholeness and integrity. Because this is an unknown quantity and quality, fear enters the picture and the internal stresses worsen.
Man then is subject to an internal conflict in which he finds himself as the weaker factor because of all the unknowns [ my people perish for lack of knowledge] and because his concept of “God” is one of a being of superior strength to himself. This is a no win situation. Man who was created in the image of God now cowers in the shadow of perceived forthcoming defeat at the hands of the very being whose image he was supposed to exhibit.
The perceived inferiority is that which also perceives God as superior and therefore the aggressor. The difference of opinion is seen as anger, or why else would there be conflict from positional difference?
The perceived moral difference, enhanced by law, cannot remain static. The difference itself is a dynamic which reduces man to a quivering wreck under the watchful eye of a powerful, if not righteous, God. Man senses that the difference between the two positions, God’s and his own, has to be resolved, has to have resolution, and man fears that the outcome of this will end in his destruction.
AND YET THOUGH PERHAPS TRUE, THE PERCEPTION OF IT IS COMPLETELY WRONG.
Under God’s dealings with primitive man, he had to address those issues in understandable forms, including terms like jealousy and anger, because they were such basic issues of human nature. There is no way a God of love could be explained to them, even though such qualities were given in ‘their’ scriptures. God indeed requires man to behave in righteous ways, he requires of him that he not be violent, not be angry, not do harm to others.
But the reality of it is, that it is man’s perceived, conceptualisation of God that is the very problem. Certainly man is behind the eight ball in terms of morality. But it is the very degree to which he understands morality, that destroys him, destroys his moral power by sensitising his conscience to his inner corruption.
The fact of it is, that God is not a destructive God, else why would he create in the first place? Why would he bring forth the wonders of creation that we see and understand to be ‘good’, if he were to bring upon that very creation, ‘bad’?
God’s position is unenviable. That which is wrong cannot be allowed to remain, certainly it cannot be brought into a state of permanence. Man is God’s creation and his desire, he wants to embrace us in union with him as his children. He places us in a position of choice, where we have to make a judgement as to what is right and what is wrong, and we are destroyed by that, because we find ourselves to be in the wrong ‘camp’. Therefore He brings to us the knowledge of His mercy and his love, along with his power to redeem, to save, to rescue us from the dilemma we are in, by sending his son, who increases the moral gap while at the same time, also destroying it.
The destructive tension under which enlightened man lives is both increased by this new knowledge, but simultaneously is removed when that new knowledge is applied. The tension between God’s righteousness and man’s unrighteousness is perceived by man as wrath, when it is in reality, actually love. The stress is in being loved, without allowing that love to possess you. It is the denial of that love that is the stressor, and acceptance of that love removes the stress. Love cannot permit places of unlove to remain in a domain which is all love, perfect love. Ultimately the union, the embrace, of the unloved with the great lover, will destroy them, whereas the union of the loved with that same lover will combine them in that love. The combining of this latter occurs now between God and believers, while the destructive combining of the loveless because they denied accepting his love, although also currently true, will be confirmed later.
Anger then is the perceived conflict, the experienced conflict, between love (righteousness) and un-love (unrighteousness). God’s love is perceived as anger until it is allowed to be seen and find its resolution in the body of Christ, and then to become at one with, be part of, His body, which is love’s resolution and consumption..
Ultimately, the conflict becomes one of love instead of fear.
[Why do the loved feel unloved? Because they left (abandoned) their first love in the garden]
[the conflict that is in you, is expressed in him]
[Are we as lesser gods who are angry with ourselves, and have to be liberated by, surrender to, the greater God who loves us?] [John 10-34, Psalm 82-6, 82-1.]