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THE BIBLE OVERWHELMINGLY CONDEMNS HUMAN ANGER IN ALL ITS FORMS.
The Bible Condemns Human Anger In All Its Forms.
We Should Transform Our Anger Into Sorrow.
"Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;" (Psalms 37:8a KJV)
Those people who teach that we should sometimes be "righteously angry" are 100% wrong. This teaching is perhaps the greatest error in Christian thought. Anger, like judgment, is reserved for God alone.
Nowhere in the Bible are we instructed to be angry with anybody or anything. On the contrary, Scripture overwhelmingly teaches against human anger and wrath in all its forms.
List Of All Scriptures Which Advise Us About Human Anger And Wrath "Anger" Psalms 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. "Angry" Proverbs 14:17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. NOTE: All modern translations I can find, from the American Standard Version (1901) on, except the New King James Version, omit the words "without a cause." This means that whoever is angry with his brother (for any reason) is in danger of judgment. The words "without a cause" seem to be a clerical addition somewhere along the way in the Textus Receptus, which is the basis for the King James and the New King James versions. We certainly have a good reason to hate our enemies, yet Jesus tells us not to hate them, but to love them (Matthew 5:44). So whom, then, should we hate, if not our enemies? Nobody! And that is the point. Neither should we be angry with them, for any reason. Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (SEE EXPLANATION OF THIS VERSE, BELOW) Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; "Wrath" Job 5:2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one. Job 19:29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment. Job 36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them. Psalms 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. Psalms 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. Proverbs 12:16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame. Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. Proverbs 19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again. Proverbs 21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath. Proverbs 27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both. Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? Proverbs 29:8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. Proverbs 30:33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. Romans 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (SEE EXPLANATION OF THIS VERSE, BELOW) Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: James 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Most major Bible translations render Ephesians 4:26 something like this:
"Be angry, but do not sin. Do not let the sun set on your wrath."This follows the translation of the Latin Vulgate
Original Greek, Spelled Out In Roman Letters ORGIZESTHE KAI ME AMARTANETE Jerome's Translation Into Latin irascimini et nolite peccare Typical New Translation Be angry, but do not sinThis translation may appear to say that anger is encouraged, so long as you do not sin; but this is an incorrect understanding of the meaning of the words.
The more correct meaning of Ephesians 4:26 is this, as the NIV has it:
------------------------------------------------ "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry ------------------------------------------------Several other translations agree with the NIV. The Amplified Bible has it right: "When angry, do not sin;" The Williams translation has it right: "If you do get angry, you must stop sinning in your anger." Also the New English Bible has it right: "If you are angry, do not let anger lead you into sin." The New Living Translation improvises, but in the right direction: "And don't sin by letting anger gain control over you."
All of these agree that Paul is NOT teaching us to be angry. Rather he is recognizing the fact that we sometimes do get angry. (Anger is one of our human weaknesses.) And think, Christians, think! Why would Paul suddenly endorse anger here, when he condemns it consistently elsewhere?
Also, it doesn't make any sense at all to say "Be angry, but don't sin," and then to say, "But don't be angry any longer than sunset." If anger is acceptable to God, then what difference does it make if we are angry overnight or for a long period of time?
Regarding Psalms 4:4, there are some translations which do say, "Be angry, but do not sin." But other translations are completely different, having nothing at all to do with anger.
Psalms 4:4 KJV Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. RSV Be angry, but sin not; commune with your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. [Selah] NASB Tremble, and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. NIV In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. _____________________________________________________________Once again, just as in Ephesians 4:26, even if it does say, "Be angry, but do not sin," that is NOT an instruction for us to be angry. Rather it simply recognizes our human weakness regarding anger. It is a concession, not an instruction. Furthermore, why would David tell us to "be angry" in Psalms 4:4, and then contradict himself in Psalms 37:8 which says, "Cease from anger and forsake wrath?"
It is not clear that Ephesians 4:26 is even quoting Psalms 4:4. The original Greek has no quotation marks, so it is always speculation when a modern translation inserts quotation marks where the translator thinks they should have been placed!
Yes, Jesus became angry one time (Mark 3:5), maybe twice, if you include the episode with the moneychangers in the temple. But He's allowed to be angry. He is God. We are not. Was He angry when He was unjustly beaten and nailed to a cross to die? No, He was not.
Yes, Moses became angry. And once, his anger led him to murder, which is exactly what can happen when we are angry. His anger was a flaw, not a virtue.
On balance, Scripture speaks out even more strongly against anger than it does against sexual immorality. So if you allow yourself to become angry, you do so at your own peril! Similarly, if you preach against sexual immorality, you should preach even more strongly against anger. (All finger pointers, please take note. You know who you are.)
First, we need to understand that "Love the sinner, hate the sin" is not Scriptural. It is a doctrine of man, first formulated by St. Augustine and later affirmed by Martin Luther. So it got into Catholic teaching and then was transferred intact into Protestantism. But it never was based on Scripture, and it never was true. Sorry. Nowhere does the Bible instruct us to "hate" sin. Search it yourself, in any Bible version you choose. It's not in there!
We are instructed to "turn away" from sin and be repelled by it. We are instructed to detest sin and abhor it. We are instructed to flee from sin. But we are never instructed to hate sin or become angry because of it.
The danger in "hating the sin" is that we usually begin to hate the sinner, as well. It is very difficult to separate the two in practice. In fact, hatred itself is specifically condemned as a "work of the flesh," no matter whom or what the object of the hatred may be. Those who have hatred in their heart cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.
GALATIANS 5:19-21 (KJV) _____________________________________________________________ 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. _____________________________________________________________Jesus gives us an example of another way for us to respond to sin: sorrow, not anger or hatred. As He approached Jerusalem for the last time, He knew the sins of the people and the destruction that would come to them later, at the hands of the Romans. What was His reaction? He wept for them!
LUKE 19:41-44 (KJV) 41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. 43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.So don't let yourself become angry about anything, ever, because THE BIBLE OVERWHELMINGLY CONDEMNS HUMAN ANGER IN ALL ITS FORMS.
Anger is the exact opposite of love, and to love is what we are commanded to do.
_____________________________________________________________ For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14 RSV) _____________________________________________________________
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