WHY I STILL USE THE KJV PART TWO: EVEN THOUGH
THE WRATH OF GOD (OR; IS GOD ON AN UP AND DOWN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER?)
In the KJV of the Bible, the Bible that most of the translations of today are based on, or at least sort of based on, it talks
a lot about the wrath of God. I am going to explore here, just exactly what it is talking about when it says "the wrath of
Wrath usually means anger or even extreme anger. Wrathful means having an angry disposition. Is that really what God is like?
Is he an angry God full of wrath ready to throw people into an eternal burning tortuous hell of everlasting fire?
Let us take a look at several scriptures here first and see what they say looking at it from a New Testament standpoint:
Jhn 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the
wrath of God abideth on him.
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth
Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation
of the righteous judgment of God;
Rom 9:22 [What] if God, willing to shew [his] wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels
of wrath fitted to destruction:
Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not
the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of
Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his
indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of
Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast [it] into the
great winepress of the wrath of God.
Now here is the meaning of "wrath" from the Strong's concordance in the Greek, since these are New Testament verses originally
written in Greek.
1) anger, the natural disposition, temper, character
2) movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but esp. anger
3) anger, wrath, indignation
4) anger exhibited in punishment, hence used for punishment itself
a) of punishments inflicted by magistrates
Here are four or five divisions of categories of the Biblical use of the word "wrath". First is anger, then follows the natural
disposition, then temper, then character. That's in the first division...and what is it saying? Well, anger is the easiest
to understand here, how a person can get angry. Anger is a negative emotional reaction in simple terms, at least as humans
understand it. Then again, God is not human. So can we truthfully evaluate God and say that He reacts negatively in anger
to things He doesn't like? No, I don't think that man can say that about God. So then we know that the wrath of God is not
when God gets fed up and starts reacting in anger towards this person and that person.
We also know that God's natural disposition is not anger. "God is love" it says in 1st John. "For God so loved the world"it
says in John 3:16.
So does God have an uncontrollable temper? Does He get easily ticked off and let you have it? No, I do not think that is an
accurate evaluation of God either.
Now by God here, we are talking about the Father, right? Because Jesus is also God and the Holy Spirit is also God. These
three are one, describing plural unity. One God, one Godhead, the Father , Son and the Holy Ghost. So when we talk about the
wrath of God, are we talking about the anger of the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit? Or are we even talking about anger
The next definition given says "movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but especially anger"
So here , wrath is related to anger too. But is it related to anger in God's case? according to the rest of the definitions
we can definitely see that anger is a part of wrath here, as we humans understand it.
Let's face it, we humans react pretty emotionally sometimes, and leave a lot to be desired. We are sometimes like up and down
emotional roller coasters. However do we expect God to also be like this? Were we made in His image or are we trying to put
God into OUR image?
When the KJV translators translated "orge", a feminine noun, into the English wrath, were they saying that God has human emotions
that smolder and explode into a rage? Is that what God is really like? do you think that God goes around with a chip on His
shoulder just waiting for a chance to get all riled up? Well, that is what an awful lot of Christians believe!
Now how on earth can Almighty God be, all at the same time, be angry at half the people and happy with the other half? That's
at the same time, now, don't forget. If He judges nations and judges people, fixes your wagon, gets even with you, spanks
you , blesses you and others, the Bible says He sends rain on the just and the unjust, so God sounds like he is busy helping
not only the just , but the unjust.
so who is He angry with to go spewing all this wrath all over the place? How can He spew His wrath and His blessing and favor
on 6 billion people at different times of the day at different places, and stages , and levels, all at the same time? How
can He switch on and off at the same time like that? How can he do all that anger management? How can I be blessed one moment
and the next moment the guy next to me
gets hit by a car?
Was that God showing his favor with me and His displeasure with someone else at the same time? Mind you, the same scenario
is going on 24/7 around the globe! Well, that makes me wonder f that is really God doing all that, and getting angry with
each individual. It would seem to me that God would spend His time in a more useful way does it not to you?
Now in one of the verses above, I'll let you guess which one, it is equating wrath with righteous punishment for evil doing.
That's right. Romans 13:4. For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid;
for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
It says that the police and government officials in charge are there for the citizen's protection. To protect them from those
who do evil. It is equating wrath as a good thing here, something to be used against evil! Now we are getting somewhere! When
someone has been arrested,
the police do not and are not supposed to necessarily explode with anger at them are they? What do they do? They do their
job calmly and collective, and administer the punishment to the criminal, whatever it is. That does not mean that they are
required to get all wrathful and angry, emotional and lose control.
This type of wrath is punishment being administered to those who deserve it, who have broken the law. It is punishment. The
criminal suffers from the punishment of the crime, not because the administer of the punishment is angry at them. The criminal
suffers the consequences of sin and evil deeds. Now that is getting pretty bad.
So what do we know about the wrath of God? In Rom 1:18: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
This is saying that the wrath of God is revealed to all people. People are born with the light of the world and they know
the difference between right and wrong. They have a built in sense that tells them right from wrong. They know that if they
do something wrong they will eventually, if not immediately suffer the consequences of their wrong doing, their sin.
This is something we are all born with. This is the "light" that lightens everyone who comes into the world.
So what we can say here is that the "wrath" of God in the New Testament, when it is not referring to the Old Testament, is
not talking about God getting all angry and upset at us even though Jesus died for our sins and His blood washed away our
sins. If Jesus took away our sins, and God blotted out our sins thanks to what He did through Jesus, why would He still get
angry at sin, when there is no concept of sin now as there was in the Old Testament, before Jesus came , all the way up to
John the Baptist?
What we are up against now is not that we suffer for our wrong doings directly from God anymore, but that if we still decide
to continue in a life of sin, there are direct consequences to sin that were NOT taken away by Jesus. The SINS were washed
away, and provision was made by Jesus to enter into the Holy of Holies of the Father with boldness, taking our requests and
letting them be made known unto God, by praying in Jesus name.
We received eternal life, by being born again, not of blood or water, but by the Spirit of God. Therefore the wrath of God
no longer applies to those who have been born again and have entered into eternal rest with God. Eternal life is knowing the
Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and those that believe have already entered into rest.
The wrath of God is no longer hovering over us waiting to clobber us if we get out of line. God has stepped back from having
a direct hand in
dealing with our sins and has given everything over to Jesus, who has died on the cross for our sins. The way Jesus dealt
with our sins was to forgive them, all of them, past, present and future. However , God's spiritual laws are still in effect
, even if the Law of Moses is not!
God's spiritual law states that we will reap what we sow. There are material consequences for sin now, and some of these can
also be serious enough so as to carry on into the next life. God loves us, but there is still His unchangeable rules for healthy
and happy and loving living
that we should obey if we want to be healthy, happy and live prosperous lives.
If someone breaks the law and get caught, they can go to jail. That's not God's judgments, but that person suffered the consequences
of that sin. If someone is caught by their wife in adultery, that may mean their marriage is ended, if she pursues it to the
courts. There is also the way of forgiveness, but that marriage will never be the same again. There will always be this "sin"
hanging over their heads and possibly doubt in the wife that the husband may do it again someday. So a lot of trust has been
lost. That is not the judgment of God, but having to pay the consequences of a stupid sin.
The responsibility has been placed upon us now and how we choose to manage our lives. We can still suffer the "wrath of God"
or the consequences of stupid , foolish sins, if we do not manage our lives wisely, but foolishly.
Jesus gave the example of the man who built his house on the sand and on the rock. The man who built his house on the sand
lost everything. That was not the judgment of God, but his suffering the loss of everything through his own foolishness of
building his house in the wring place. So does that mean that the man who built his house on the rock was more righteous?
Maybe yes, maybe no. He was wiser, that's for sure.
There are many rich but evil men who have nice solid houses and live lives of luxury, so material blessings are not necessarily
dependent upon how righteous someone may be. However, they can show how wise in the affairs of the business of this world
someone may be, and Jesus was using this analogy of two men building their houses on two different foundations to illustrate
this concept of consequences for sin.
Spiritually speaking, Jesus was comparing this illustration to our spiritual house, and whether or not we are building it
upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the true Rock, or upon the sinking sands of the world and all it's glitter. In that case, the
man who built his house on the sand could just as well have been a rich man trying to save money by not having to pay for
an expensive foundation to build his house on.
This may help us understand people who may choose to live in a certain area because the land is cheaper, even though there
may be some risks involved, such as being too close to a dangerous river, on a hill that is susceptible to landslides during
rainy season, on an earthquake fault, or below sea level, just because it was a good deal and they are willing to take the
When they find out that the party is over and it is time to pay the fiddler, what goes around comes around and it is the season
for that river to over flow, or the hurricane to cause the levees to fail flooding the city, or the typhoon to cause mudslides
destroying houses built on the hill, all they can hope for then is that they had insurance to cover those disasters.
These things are not really "Acts Of God" as the insurance papers say they are. They are the effects of living in a fallen
world, and being in the way when things happen. They are the results of making a choice to be in that place, because , if
they had chosen a safer location and "built their house upon the rock", they would not have had to suffer the loss of all
of their things. But they chose, and that goes to show you that common sense sometimes is cast aside when making decisions
that have to do with either saving money or keeping with the family traditions, or just plain being stubborn wanting to have
one's own way.
All of these things, including sickness and disease can be classified , I think, into this same category of "The Wrath of
God" after Jesus came simply by default. It is not God who had a direct hand in administering these disasters, deaths, or
calamities, because something or someone pissed him off. It was God, through Adam and Eve's fall, and thus the fall of man,
who set these forces in motion and ordained them to carry on, even before Jesus saved us from our sins.
Otherwise God would have to be like a giant computer that is up there instantly calculating and evaluating every single act
man does every second of every day and sending down His reactions to them, whether positive or negative, all day long, every
day, 24/7. sounds rather cold and calculating to me rather than a warm and loving God of love who cares.
God did the best He could do by responding with Jesus. Jesus died for our sins, and so we could have an eternal relationship
with God, and whoever is living on this earth would not have to suffer as much as we would be had Jesus not come and died
for our sins.
So I would say that the so called "wrath of God" that people blame for the disasters, poverty, sickness, and all the calamities,
is more likely the consequences that humans have to suffer for not following God's spiritual laws of love and faith.
The Bible says in Mathhew 6:33: "seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added
If people would seek His kingdom, heaven, and all that comes with it, God would see to it that they are taken care of , blessed,
have wisdom, and all they need. In fact, it is guaranteed to happen automatically , without God having a direct hand in it.
If your father gave you a cash card for His bank account , which was had unlimited funds, and said you could draw on it anytime,
as much as you had the faith for, as long as you knew the secret pin number you could access all the funds you wanted anytime,
as often as you like. If you did not draw on the funds, you would not have your needs met and would be left destitute and
poor, and would eventually starve to death.
This is the same system God has already set up for us through Jesus Christ. Through the blood of Jesus those who are born
again have access to God and his unlimited resources through faith - powered prayer