The Subject of God's Wrath
No theological, philosophical or any other book can substitute the Bible, which is called “holy”, because of its importance for our lives.
One of the most important subjects of the Scriptures is about God’s Wrath. It is rarely mentioned in theological books and sermons although a great part of the Bible is devoted to this subject.
In Christian churches one can hear a lot about God’s mercy, benevolence and love. By these topics, however, Biblical theology can never be exhausted. From such sermons one can get a false impression that our Lord is all-pardoning and that all people, both the faithful and the wicked, will be saved and taken to the Heavenly Kingdom. What about God´s justice then?
Our Lord would not be the Judge over all mankind if His decisions were not just. Those who call themselves Christians should not forget that this designation does not automatically make them free from God’s punishment.
I am a Christian. However, I see that something is fundamentally wrong with Christianity today. Under the influence of Church doctrines and concepts it strayed from the initial Biblical tradition. As a result, Christianity became corrupt by false values that were added to it.
Now the Lord gives us lessons every day. He demands from us obeyance and love. He demands from us the fruits of a spiritual life, the fruits that will last for long, if not to say, forever.
Many of us, however, are neglectful of God’s demands. We used to rely on God´s mercy and often forget that God is the Judge who punishes and will always punish the wicked for their sins, regardless how they call themselves and to what denominations they belong.
“There is no peace, says the LORD, for the wicked.” (Isa 48:22)
Those who fail to satisfy God's demands have no chance to be saved. We are prone to believe we have been freed from sin whereas in reality we remain sinful.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1Jn 1:8)
All humans are sinful. Being sinful, however, we are prone to consider ourselves better than we are. Our forgetfulness when we forget our sins is negative in that it brings about a kind of lightweight attitude to evil.
God will allow no one to live sinfully and to remain unpunished. He is the Judge and He implements His justice every day, every minute. He will not leave in peace those by whose disbelief He is grieved.
Although the Scriptures tell a lot about the history of Israel, God’s justice is universal. It concerns all nations, all peoples, all tribes. God’s Law is to be obeyed not only by Jews or Christians, but by all. Faith in God and the fulfillment of God’s Law are matters of life and death.
“For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son-- both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.” (Eze 18:4)
There are vivid lessons. Now let us look at what is going on in the world, particularly in such countries as Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Egypt. The situation is tragic. Christians there are persecuted, abused, robbed, even tortured and killed. It is true that Muslims there have to suffer a lot as well and are killed in military clashes or by terrorist attacks.
Many thousands of people are punished and have to suffer enormously because of their wickedness. They even did not expect it because their own sins had made them forgetful of their sinfulness and of the coming day of reckoning.
What is going on in the Middle East and Asia is the effect of God´s Wrath. Christians and Muslims there are punished together. For the Lord it does not matter how they call themselves and to what religious traditions or denominations they belong.
Even despite the chaos of war and bloodshed, it all is like a big miracle. There are interviews of refugees saying they never thought anything like that might happen. They are surprised at it all. They cannot explain it. It was alright years ago when they lived in safety and could do what they wanted under the protection of such authoritarian rulers as Saddam Hussein and Assad. They say there were no tensions. They were surprised when it all changed, and they still look with surprise at what is going on.
What did they think about earlier? Could not they foresee what would happen? Are they so foolish that are unable to acknowledge their own guilt for what is happening with them and around them?
The cause of it is the same as it was many centuries ago, during those events which the Scriptures colorfully tell about. The same cause that destroyed Moab, Edom, Philistia, Babylonia, Lebanon, Egypt, Assyria long ago is at work in our times as well. For God´s Law is valid as ever, and woe to those who neglect it and to all disbelievers.
The events we witness now and the historic events that are mentioned in the Scriptures are very much similar because their underlying causes are the same. The truth is that the wicked were punished and will be punished by God as long as this world exists. Because of human iniquity, the subject of God´s Wrath is actual as ever.
God’s Wrath is real, just as the Lord Himself is real. Perhaps the wicked should be punished in order for the righteous to be saved. The second cannot be separated from the first.
God does not intend to put up with human iniquity. He demands not only the fulfillment of His Law, but also that the believers’ faith should produce its fruits. Those who fail to satisfy God´s demands are doomed. Through their prayers they may deserve some kind of mercy, but mercy is not enough for salvation, for salvation in the truest sense is brought about not simply by prayers, but by the spiritual birth.