Recently, J.D. Greear published an article on his blog discussing God’s wrath. In his article he wrote:
There is little question that in today’s society, the wrath of God is the most offensive doctrine imaginable. It seems harsh, judgmental, and backwards. And it’s not just an Old Testament thing, either. The famous skeptic Bertrand Russell explained that the primary reason he could never believe in Jesus was that Jesus “so clearly believed in the wrath of God.” He called it “the one profound defect in Jesus’ character.”
Christians, too, often find God’s wrath troubling. As C.S. Lewis said, “There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this, if it lay in my power.” There have been times in my life where I too have thought, Give me a divine eraser and 10 minutes, and I’ll take wrath out of the Bible.
But I can’t and, in fact, I really shouldn’t. Because as much as we hate to think about wrath, it’s actually a good doctrine—something that when we understand it, leads us to know, love, and worship God (for more on that, read here). A god without wrath would actually be a god without goodness.
Much more could be said about God’s wrath, but here I want to focus on two important–and glorious–truths
To read the entire article, head over to J.D.’s blog.