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Does God get mad at us

Discussion in 'Spiritual Formation & Disciplines' started by ARHCC, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. ARHCC

    ARHCC New Member

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    Is it possible for God to get mad at us and want nothing to do with us? I always hear no, but I’m really starting to wonder.
     
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  2. Hazelelponi

    Hazelelponi Well-Known Member

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    To the first portion of your post: There are plenty of times in scripture that God's people got a taste of God's discipline..

    Just look at what happened to Jonah when he said "no" to God. Three days in the belly of the whale.

    Look at Saul, struck blind for three days until Paul came around to God's way of thinking, known today as the Damascus moment.

    Scripture says God disciplines those He loves. Hebrews 12:6

    "because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son."

    And as sons (and daughters) we mess up occasionally, and we feel that discipline, and sometimes we may feel God has left us, but when those times come try and rest in His promises, that he won't forsake you..
     
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  3. Oscarr

    Oscarr Senior Veteran Supporter

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    The clue is when we read the gospels we see who Jesus got mad at. Because Jesus is God and is no different in attitude to the Father or the Holy Spirit, they would have the same attitude toward anyone.

    We see that Jesus never got angry at ordinary people, no matter how sinful they were. The Apostle was quite clear about that in his statement that Jesus did not come into the world to condemn it, but to save sinners. His attitude toward the worst of sinners is displayed in His attitude toward the woman caught in adultery, and was subject to the sentence of stoning by the Jews. He said to the crowd, "The person who has not sinned, let him cast the first stone." No one could do that, so they melted away, and Jesus said, "I don't condemn you. Go and sin no more."

    The ones who Jesus did get angry at were those who were religious and view themselves as more "holy" than ordinary sinners. If God is going to get mad at people, he will show His displeasure at those religious people who think they have "arrived" and who have a "holier than thou" attitude toward the rest of us common sinners.

    You sound like a poor sinner and struggler like the rest of us. I don't think you would be one of the persons that Jesus would be angry at. I think He would be more likely to come to you, put His hand on your shoulder and say, "I am your refuge and strength' a very present help in your time of trouble".
     
  4. Stranger36147

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    I don't know, but I get mad at God and want nothing to do with him sometimes.
     
  5. WherevertheWindblows

    WherevertheWindblows Well-Known Member

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    The parable of the unforgiving servant shows his Lord being angry with him and what would happen to that servant and he also indicated thats how his Father would treat them on the basis of that account.
     
  6. eleos1954

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    I think a lot of times we get angry when we think God owes us something. When in fact, God owes us nothing.

    If we think God is going to be our genie in a bottle, and make everything good in our lives, we’re going to be mad at God when something bad happens. Having faith in God is not insurance against hardships.

    Jesus says- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

    The best thing you can do is tell God what you’re angry about. He wants to hear from you about what you’re thinking and feeling. Tell God honestly where you are at. God knows what’s going on inside of you, but He wants you to come to Him with honesty and openness.


    He's always there, even if you are mad at him.

    1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

    Hebrews 4:16 - Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
     
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  7. Mark Quayle

    Mark Quayle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Who is the us in this picture?
     
  8. Curtis.Hilliker

    Curtis.Hilliker Moderated Since 2019

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    I would say yes, in my personal experience. But I’m speaking for myself here. I once was Holy Spirit led and nurtured daily, but through a series of sins I believe I must have grieved/quenched the Holy Spirit because I don’t ever have that anymore no matter what I do. But that’s just me...
     
  9. Sabertooth

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    Yes, but like a Parent; not a Judge.
     
  10. ~Anastasia~

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    We cannot make God in our image.

    Certainly we do things that are not what God would want us to do.

    But you ask whether He no longer wants anything to do with us? This is not true. God is not a petulant, offended human being.

    Simply He is love, and He always desires what is best for us. Sometimes that means consequences to our actions, allowing us free will, and will lead to suffering or discipline or a feeling of estrangement from God.

    But that's our problem of perception, not God's problem with being offended. We can't sway Him all over the place with our actions. He already knew everything anyway.
     
  11. com7fy8

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    In any case, Hebrews 12:4-14 guarantees how God corrects us. This is not only punishment or measures to control us, but how God corrects us deeply by changing our character which has made us able to sin and displease God.

    Changing because of circumstance is not really being corrected. So, I don't think God depends only on effecting our circumstances in order to get us to obey Him.

    So, we do well to keep seeking God for this real correction which only He can do.

    Whatever the Bible says is for us with God, trust Him, how He alone is able to change us to do what He means by His word. Trust Him to be our Good Judge to know what to do with each of us.

    But yes there are people who have not trusted in Jesus, who have not gotten started > Ephesians 1:12. And I personally understand that trusting in Jesus includes how we now are submitting to how God rules each of us in His peace (Colossians 3:15), while we do what Jesus has us doing to please God and love any and all people (Ephesians 4:1-3, 4:31-5:2).
     
  12. Hammster

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    He’s our Father. And He’s good. So He has compassion for us. Does He discipline? Of course. He a good Father. But it’s out of love, not anger.
     
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  13. ARHCC

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    Yes, I feel as though that’s what’s happening with me right now. I was once so close to God, and I fell away for a time, and got myself into some sinful things. Now I cannot seem to get that close again. It doesn’t matter how hard I try.
     
  14. ARHCC

    ARHCC New Member

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    “US” meaning Christians. Sorry for not clarifying.
     
  15. Curtis.Hilliker

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    Same here, been trying to get closer for something like eight years now I think.
     
  16. Mark Quayle

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    I should have asked what you mean by "mad", when applying the concept to God, but I will work with what I think you are asking. I don't think God ever gets "mad" in the sense that he does with those that refuse to acknowledge him, with those whom he has forgiven of their sins. We belong to him as the others do not. It is not our performance that governs his thoughts concerning us.

    When God gets mad, it is not like when we do. He never loses control, for example, nor does he ever go beyond what is just. He is thorough and precise in his retribution. (John Owen said, "“He that hath slight thoughts of sin never had great thoughts of God.”)

    So it is with God's love. It is not like ours, fitful and flippant and self-serving. Nor is it small-minded or short-sighted. Our pleasure and even our satisfaction during this life is not at all what he had in mind by making us --not to say those are unobtainable, but this life is not for this life --if he becomes our life, yes there is inexpressible joy and satisfaction. If we confess our sins he if faithful and just to have already forgiven us our sins. If we don't confess our sins, we probably don't belong to him.

    Considering the fact that there are no end of sins we commit that we are not even aware of, that we might attribute to mere personality or to other excuses, yet he doesn't seem to hold that against us, I'd say that his anger toward us is nothing like what he has in mind for those who consider him irrelevant or non-existent.

    The best picture I can come up with for God getting "mad" at us, is his attitude toward Israel, in the Old Testament, whom he punished and "nearly" rejected, yet his love always won over in the end.
     
  17. Mark Quayle

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    For what it is worth, for a few years now I have been trying to get Christians past the concept I think of as "this part is my job - that part is God's". It can get really disheartening when we see our failure and inability. It is really easy to give up. The sadness at the apparent "falling away" can make you doubt everything. But we are not the ones responsible for our success. God is. It is all of God, not us, though it consume us.

    I remember the Love Song (old Christian Rock band) song, Welcome Back, in which there was a line, "and you've got all that lost time to make up for". The attitude there is common, that what time is not spent faithfully is wasted --but I disagree rather violently. God has you exactly where he had planned all along for you to be: not by your obedience, perhaps, but by you disobedience, you fit his plan. So get up and walk again. You are here on this earth for God's own sake, not for yours, though obviously that too. You are here to see him work, and learn of him, and to walk with him. Get going. Forget the old trudge. What if that really isn't even where the battle is? You aren't even your own judge! What is there for you to see, that you neglect because you are focused on other things you consider your failures?
     
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