God of Anger – God of Love
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I found out recently that scientifically, neurologically, human beings have one of two ways of thinking about God primarily. When thinking about God, people tend to focus on either God’s love or they tend to focus on God as an angry fella. So, I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately.
Apparently, there are many benefits to thinking about God’s love during prayer and many consequences on the body to thinking about God’s anger. I’ll provide a link to the article I found soon. But, before we get there, what are my thoughts theologically regarding this recent discovery?
First, I’d like to say something about the distinction when it comes to God regarding love and anger. There are certainly texts regarding God getting angry. However, anger is not depicted as an essence of God. Love is. God is love.
I wouldn’t say, “God is anger.” I do say, “God is love.”
God doesn’t have love or do acts of love. No, that would be the many gods Genesis takes aim at. All the other gods out there may have certain roles to play and may occasionally perform loving acts but the God of Abraham declares that love is in His very essence. For all eternity, God has been love and has shown love within the Trinity and He continues to show love and be love today.
[Side Bar – I don’t have the space here to defend my idea (and many other theologian’s idea) that God is love against various competing thoughts. My theology here is simply that overall, good Bible theology teaches that God is love.]
Lastly, I’d like to say a word about apologetics here. I’ve become much more cautious about any appeal to the Intelligent Design apologetic lately. For example, appeals to the complexity of the human eye as proof that there must be a designer have some real scientific problems that I’ll save for another day.
However, it is interesting to read about the health benefits of meditating on God’s love verses the adverse effects of meditating on God’s anger. The lowering rather than raising of blood pressure, the increased focus, and the increased ability to forgive are all great benefits of concentrating on God’s love.
So, science is showing that there are health benefits to praying with a focus on the love of God and thinking about God as primarily a loving God.
Now, that just might be the beginning of a design argument I can get behind!
Click here for the article “How Your Brain is Wired for God”