What The Bible Says About Anger

What The Bible Says About Anger October 1, 2018

Everyone gets angry, even Jesus, but what happens when the anger is dysfunctional? Here are some great Bible verses to read when you’re angry.

Be Angry

I had never imagined that there was a command to be angry, but here it is, written by the Apostle Paul who wrote, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil” (Eph 4:26-27).  Anger is good when it’s justifiable. For example when you see a child abused, you get angry. There is no sin in this. When our neighbor makes us angry, we may have good reason, but we’re told not to dwell on it and “do not let the sun go down on your anger.” Why? It’s because you can “give no opportunity to the devil.” Satan holds a grudge against God and God’s children, but his anger is misdirected. It was his own choice to rebel, so if he’s angry, he should be angry at his own idiocy. Jesus warned “that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire” (Matt 5:22). If we can remember that “evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land” (Psalm 37:9), it might give us more patience but “A fool gives full vent to his spirit” however “a wise man quietly holds it back” (Prov 29:11). That’s the wisdom I pray for.

Cain kills his brother, Abel.

Avoiding Wrath

Solomon wrote that “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov 15:1), so “let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20). Solomon also counseled us to “Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools” (Eccl 7:9). For believers, and non-believers, “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” (Prov 19:11). This is why Paul said we “must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth” (Col 3:8). When it comes to anger, we know that “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention” (Prov 15:18).

Root Causes

Why is there such anger today in this world? Is it really worth it to display road rage just so you can get home a few minutes earlier? Why all this anger? James asked, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4:1-2). Discontentment is a huge reason for anger. When we don’t get what we want, and get it when we want it, we can get angry. When our expectations are not met, we don’t like that, but consider this: “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Rom 5:10). God sent Jesus to die for us while we were still His enemies, but also while we were still ungodly, wicked sinners (Rom 5:6-10), so surely we can “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” (Eph 4:31). Anger may come from wanting something but not having it, no matter what it is, but our expectations may be too high for a fallen world. We know things are broken in this world, so we must expect that things won’t always go smoothly, so anger doesn’t help. In fact, it can make it even worse.

Slow to Anger

I remember one of my teachers in school. She was about the most patient person I’ve ever met (up to then), and she didn’t allow things to get to her. Her life was that of Proverbs 16:32, where it says, “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city,” and she did have control over her emotions. We know that “A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated” (Prov 14:17), but one way to avoid becoming angry is not running with angry people. For example, Solomon wrote that we are to “Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare” (Prov 22:24-25). Anger is contagious. It is often a mob mentality when anger becomes destructive, but the very thing they’re protesting about is undermined by the destructive ways that they’re protesting. I’m sorry, but your message is lost if you’re protesting for change but using destructive methods to do it. Misdirected anger rarely helps, but actually, it can only make matters worse.

Conclusion

If you know someone who has an anger problem, maybe you should share these Bible verses with them. They can read these when they get angry and put things into a more godly perspective. I have a cousin who has a hair-trigger. Say the wrong thing, even unintentionally, and he explodes. He is not fun to be around, and the last time I rode with him, his road rage told me, “This will be my last trip with him.” His temper’s gotten him in trouble more than once. He even made a law enforcement officer angry by his lack of respect, and it cost him a ticket when he was only going to get a warning. The officer was only doing his job, but after the ticket, he drove more angrily than before, and as I said, that was the last time I ever rode with him. I could sense that his anger (particularly his driving) was going to get him in trouble… again…and I wanted no part of it. I knew that I wanted “no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest [I] learn his ways and entangle [myself] in a snare” (Prov 22:24-25).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.</p>

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  • Glory

    Great article, Pastor. Mail it to your cousin. When people are angry they are prone to violate interpersonal boundaries. In the case of your cousin he let his anger consume him to the point that he lost all regard for you and your safety.

    Once I got a ticket by accident. I did not have cruise control on and hit the gas pedal too hard accidentally.
    It was in a state very hard on traffic violators. I was very upset with the state’s threat to make it a misdemeanor if I did not go to court but I did not live in that state but was merely passing through.

    I meditated on it and decided it was a warning from God. I had no right to put others at risk and I needed to show more caution for others and respect their boundaries to keep them safe as well as myself.

    This is also a problem with tailgating. People who tailgate don’t respect the boundaries of others enough to protect them by following at a safe distance and it says a lot about the careless selfishness of people.

    Have a great day, Pastor. Feel free to show your cousin this post, too. May the Lord, bless and keep your cousin!

    • pud

      LOL! Talk about “dysfunctional’!! Over 1000 were just killed by a tsunami that your “god” was too busy to prevent but he gives you a driving lesson? Perfect example of the arrogance of your delusional cult freaks

      • Glory needs to seek a psychiatrist. She believes in a book written by ancient, ignorant, bloodthirsty and violent savages which she takes to be the Word of some god. She believes that Jesus (who knew nothing about psychiatry) is her psychiatrist.

        • pud

          “Glory” is certifiably insane. 1000 miles off the reservation.

    • Jack Wellman

      My cousin is much like Pud. Angry at just about everyone and everything having to do with Christ or the Bible. His repsonses are like Puds and Arthurs, so unless God moves his heart, he remains very difficult to be around, but even a Saul can become a Paul (Prov 21:1).

      • Glory

        Just remember your body is the temple of God, Brother and don’t allow him to put your temple at risk. Take a cab.

        I don’t argue with the insecure and angry that God passed over any more. God is not the cosmic bellhop and these people that lack humility can stop trying to prove they aren’t insecure by arguing with me.

        I have a divine gift of faith from God and cannot be argued out of it so why do they keep trying to do that? To validate their own insecurities that’s why.

        If you have the true gift of faith then you are like David. God passed over David’s 6 older brothers and selected him.

        Because God selected me to receive His gift I should ignore that fact to argue with people who refuse to seek enlightenment from God?

        Of course not. I only argued with unbelievers to save them but apparently they have some deep seated issues that make them get easily offended at God’s truth so it is up to them to get the beam out of their eye or seek good ethical Christian counseling to resolve their sin of unbelief.

        Have a blessed day, Pastor and remember you are a priceless treasure in God’s eyes and don’t let that cousin take you for any more rides until he gets that anger management problem turned over to God for resolution.

        Most of your readers love and appreciate all your well intentioned efforts in spite of the one or two objectors.

        • Jack Wellman

          Yes, that was the last time I rode with him. And for sure, I don’t debate or argue with him about God. Its not the way.

          • Glory

            Yes, it took me a long time to understand that arguing is not the way.

            But maybe you can challenge him to be a genuine seeker and read those books. Just ask him to be open minded and maybe you can discuss them with him later.

            Or just mail them to him and don’t discuss them cf. King James Bible, Luke 4:24
            And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

          • Glory

            I don’t think God would have any problem with you considering certain posters as anti-Christian false teachers and banning them from your blog.

            Christ would call any atheist misinterpreting scripture to blaspheme God as lawless wouldn’t he and why do you have to tolerate lawless chaos on your blog?

            The Narrow Way
            13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 [a]Because narrow is the gate and [b]difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

            You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
            15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

            I Never Knew You
            21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

            It is better to honor and obey God than men. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

          • You love to misinterpret your holy text, don’t you. Atheists don’t believe that God exists. So if he doesn’t exist, how can anyone blaspheme a non existent being?

            Atheists don’t pretend to be false prophets in sheep’s clothing. They clearly state that they don’t believe in the existence of any god. Atheists don’t “cast out demons in Jesus’ name”. We don’t believe that demons exist.

          • Glory

            If pud doesn’t get banned then I am leaving. I am not frequenting a blog that allows false teaching antichrists to try to stumble brothers.

            I learned from John MacArthur that the number one thing a brother doesn’t allow is his brother to be stumbled.

            You have to make the tough choice sometimes to love your brother or the unbeliever and the Family of God comes first.

            You don’t allow false atheist teachers to teach the scriptures and blaspheme God and risk filling Christian brothers’ heads with lies.

            Sorry to be so tough but this is the truth. You owe Christian brothers more tender concern than some guy who has reprobated himself and lost his mind.

            Bible Verses About Causing Your Brother To Stumble, KJV

            1 Corinthians 8:9 – But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

            Mark 9:42 – And whosoever shall offend one of [these] little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

            Romans 14:1-23 – Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, [but] not to doubtful disputations. (Read More…)

            1 Corinthians 8:13 – Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

            Colossians 2:8 – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

            Galatians 5:13 – For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

            1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

            Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

          • Glory

            Here is the Biblical definition of an antichrist and right now you have one over running your comments section trying to rule it. So clean house and put it in lawful order.

            1 John 4 King James Version (KJV)

            4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

            2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

            3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

          • Well if you confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, but believe in the barbarism and violence of your holy book, then you ARE an Antichrist. Jesus did not promote the butchery of defenseless women, little children and babies, but Yahweh does in the books of Deuteronomy, Joshua, and I Samuel 15.

          • Glory

            God says not to receive the antichrist into your house or you share in his deeds.

            From 2 John 1, KJV

            Beware of Deceivers
            7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

          • Glory

            I encourage you, Jack, to cast out this evil person from this blog who is attempting to misteach the scriptures to Bible believing Christians.

            He has no spiritual authority from Christ to handle the scriptures so blasphemously.

            No one should have to read the thoughts of such an evil person who lacks a true calling from God.

            God qualifies those He calls and pud has not been qualified. He has in effect disobeyed all calls from God so why is he pontificating publicly on the scriptures like he has God given authority on this blog?

            Be a good disciple and cast the demon possessed man from our midst.

            He should be with his own kind on an atheist blog if he refuses to listen to God.

            The evil man brings forth evil interpretations but Christians are only suppose to meditate on the lovely.

            Clearly he needs to be banned from this blog so he can work on himself privately and/or receive counseling instead of allowing him access to stumble more godly people.

          • What are you afraid of, Glory?

            There is no such thing as “demon possession”. There is as much evidence for “demons” as there is for fairies, leprechauns, unicorns etc.. NONE.

            If God doesn’t exist, then how can anyone listen to God?

            Christians don’t only meditate on the lovely, if they meditate upon their holy book. There is too much barbarism, violence, butchery, bloodshed and murder commanded and practiced by the god of the book.

            Don’t you read books like Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings? These books were written by ignorant, ancient, bloodthirsty and violent savages and were not inspired by any compassionate and loving God.

          • Glory

            Seriously, Jack, ban him so he can seek a psychiatrist’s help. Christians have Jesus to counsel them. The unbelieving world has to default to a fallen human psychiatrist for help when they refuse to let Jesus the stronger man help them against the strong man Satan. If he has no empathy then how can he relate to God?

            He is already manipulating the scriptures demanding people answer him and calling them cowards when they don’t.

            Why should a man who doesn’t believe in God’s authority be allowed to claim it against Christians who know he doesn’t believe them to manipulate them into arguing and satisfying his evil ego?

            Besides he has already been answered hundreds of times on this blog by hundreds of Christians so he does not need any more “answers”. He is just an evil, manipulative person who likes to hurt people verbally. Thank God he can’t hurt me because I understand him enough to remain detached and study his evil ways so I can stand clear of him but some of the more naiive Christians might be affected by his slights because not everyone is equally good at guarding their hearts against the slings and arrows of this world.

            He’s also likely to be affecting your blog traffic because the more reasonable, teachable people are going to avoid him like the plague.

            Get him out of here and watch the real Christians come back here to be spiritually fed.

          • You are wise not to debate him or argue with him about God. You will piss him off. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if sanctimonious, self-righteous, cocksure followers of Jesus are pissing him off.

          • Glory

            I have reported pud to Disqus. I hope anyone else who has experienced his non-stop harassment will join me in clicking his user name “pud” then the report user button under the block user button.

            Someone this angry who trolls blogs of people different from himself to verbally abuse them needs his account deactivated.

          • You seem to think that anyone who disagrees with your viewpoint is verbally abusing you. You are delusional. Pud is NOT angry with you. You seem to think that he is because he points out to you many of your ridiculous arguments, you take that as anger. Please, grow up!

          • Glory

            Now that I have done my spiritually inspired civic duty I can leave this blog in good conscience.

            I hope many more will report pud for insulting them in violation of basic site rules and common human decency.

            And anyone else engaging in such harassment.

          • Glory
        • Hi Glory,

          You’ve got tickets on yourself.

      • Glory

        I encourage you, Pastor, to rise to the occasion and cast out this person attempting to misteach Christian scripture to Bible believing Christians from this blog. Then you will be like a disciple casting out an evil spirit.

        pud has no indwelling spiritual authority from Jesus to teach on him so why

        • Neither do you have any “indwelling spiritual authority from Jesus to teach on you”. Pud is not misinterpreting the bible. He doesn’t ignore the barbaric, repugnant, ignorant and violent passages like you do, but clearly states what they are and mean.

      • Maybe, your uncle is a good guy who is pissed off when religious fanatics and ‘holy joes’ keep on bothering him.

  • pud

    Good subject jack! Let’s have a look at “dysfunctional anger”

    20 million (estimated). People being evil. Drowning. Genesis 6:7
    The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (population of Sodom estimated to be 600-1200, Gomorrah presumably would be similar). According to Genesis: Being evil and wanting to rape two angels (who visited Sodom in the form of men).
    According to Ezekiel (depending on translation): Being prideful (arrogant), overfed and unconcerned (having an abundance of idleness); neglecting the poor and needy; being haughty and committing abominations before God.
    The passage suggests that a mob were interested in homosexual rape in respect of the angels. Lot – the only example of a good man in the city – offered them his virgin daughters instead, but the mob were not interested.

    Burnt to death by fire and a rain of burning sulfur. Genesis 19:4-5
    Ezekiel 16:46-47 (specifically Ezekiel 16:49-50)
    Lot’s wife. Pausing to look back at the spectacle of God destroying entire cities, including her own residence and all her possessions, in a massive conflagration of fire and brimstone. Transformed into a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26
    Er, the firstborn of Judah. Being “wicked in the sight of the Lord” Not specified Genesis 38:7
    Onan (Er’s brother and apparent inventor of onanism) Disobeying God’s orders to impregnate his dead brother’s wife (or “spilling his seed”). Not specified Genesis 38:9-10 (unlucky family)
    The firstborn of Egypt. Being firstborn when God decided to show his strength. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so he refused to let the Israelites go. The Angel of Death. Exodus 12:29 (Rather tough on the kids who really had nothing to do with it.)
    The Egyptian army. Refusing to disobey orders to pursue the Israelites fleeing through the Red Sea, which was parted with walls of water on both sides of the path. Drowned when the seawater returned. Exodus 14:28 God kills you or the boss kills you.
    Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron. Offering strange fire before the Lord. Burnt to death Leviticus 10:1-3 If you don’t get the ritual right then death is the result.
    Undisclosed number of Israelites. Complaining against God Fire Numbers 11:1-3
    Undisclosed number of Israelites. Complaining about the food and wanting to go back to Egypt for an easier life. Plague Numbers 11:4-35
    Ten scouts sent to explore the promised land Spreading bad reports about this land containing giants, and being too difficult to conquer. Plague Numbers 14:36-38. If you don’t give the answer the boss wants then you’re in big trouble.
    Korah, Dathan, Abiram and their respective families. Claiming to be as holy as Moses and Aaron. The earth opened up and swallowed them – burying them alive. Numbers 16:27-32, which implies the children were killed, but Numbers 26:11 states Korah’s children survived.
    250 Israelites. Followers of Korah (see above) Burnt to death by fire from God. Numbers 16:35
    14,700 Israelites. Complaining about the previous two loving assassinations concerning Korah. Plague Numbers 16:49 (The management thanks you for your feedback. Now die!)
    Undisclosed number of Israelites. Despairing, and complaining about the quality of bread. Being bitten to death by divinely summoned fiery serpents, although casting a bronze snake and looking upon it would prevent them from dying. Numbers 21:4-9 (Honestly, wouldn’t it be cool just to try this to see it happen? C’mon, I dare ya…)
    24,000 Israelites Sexual immorality with Moabite women and worshiping Baal. Plague. Numbers 25:9 (Proving once more that despite God being obviously real and very jealous, Israelites would worship a sandwich if Moses so much as popped out to buy a newspaper.)
    Undisclosed number of Ammorites Waging war against Israel, trying to protect themselves and their families from the holy slaughter that the Israelites regularly inflicted on their enemies Sending hailstones from Heaven Joshua 10:10-11
    Either 70 or 50,070 Israelites (dependent on how the inerrant Bible is translated. The original Hebrew text literally says, “[God] killed of the people 70 men, 50,000 men…” so the language is confusing even at the source). Looking into the Ark of the Covenant (Like the ending of Indiana Jones: Raiders of The Lost Ark). Not specified 1 Samuel 6:19 (You would have thought the 50,070th Israelite would have more sense than to climb a mountain of 50,069 bodies and look into a box)
    Nabal. David refrained from murdering Nabal’s servants or stealing from him. He expected his kindness to be repaid in the form of gifts from Nabal, but Nabal declined. God killed Nabal before David had the chance to go “avenging thyself with thine own hand.” Not specified 1 Samuel 25:38 (This was quite convenient as David, an avid collector of wives, got to marry Nabal’s wife who was quite hot.)
    Uzzah. Touching the Ark while trying to prevent it from tipping over. Not specified. 2 Samuel 6:6-7 (Which seems grossly unfair – should he have just let it fall to the ground and be broken have the contents fallen out? Looking at the contents that fell out are also punishable by death.)
    David and Bathsheba’s baby boy. None. The baby was killed in order to punish David for his adultery with Bathsheba and subsequently arranging the death of her husband Uriah. Not specified 2 Samuel 12:14-18 (The life of a baby is sacred, as explained by Christians, but it’s worth squat when God is angry with the parents.)
    70,000 assorted Israelites Inspired by either God, or perhaps Satan – the Bible is a tad unclear – David took a census of his lands and people. Plague 2 Samuel 24:13 , despite being told to by God in 2 Samuel 24:1. (Unless you read 1 Chronicles 21:1, where the devil did it)
    An unnamed prophet The prophet had been told by God to not eat bread, but another guy claimed he too was a prophet, and that God had commanded him to bring the prophet home for some food. Eaten by lions 1 Kings 13:1-24 (That’s what happens when you follow the advice of self-proclaimed prophets.)
    Jeroboam’s son. None. Child killed to punish Jeroboam, to save him from a massacre God was planning for the rest of Jeroboam’s family, and possibly also as a sign used to confirm a prophecy. Not specified. Died in his mother’s arms. 1 Kings 14:10-18 (God euthanizes a child to save him from the terrors of…His own wrath?)
    An unnamed man Refusal to strike a prophet when ordered to do so by the prophet in question. Killed by a lion (God really enjoys using Lions in Kings). 1 Kings 20:35-36 (Weird or what?)
    King Ahaziah Seeking medical advice from a rival god, and Baal worship. Died in bed while recovering from an earlier fall. 1 Kings 22:51 and 2 Kings 1:16 (Baal must have been pretty good to compete with a Yahweh: the God who would incinerate your children.)
    102 soldiers Being impolite to Elijah and serving King Ahziah. (Although they would have attempted to remove Elijah by force/kill him for not obeying Ahaziah had God not intervened) Burnt to death. 2 Kings 1:9-12 (This verse is worth reading, since it’s almost comical the way in which the soldiers queue up to be incinerated.)
    42 youths. They mocked Elisha’s bald head. No kidding – God sends 2 she-bears to maul them to death. 2 Kings 2:23-24 (Evidently there weren’t any lions to hand).[2]
    Some foreigners. Not worshiping God Killed by lions 2 Kings 17:25-26 (“Death by lion” crops up with suspicious frequency. Did the author of Kings have some kind of lion-phobia?)
    185,000 soldiers. Being at war with Israel Killed by the angel of the Lord while they slept. 2 Kings 19:35
    Jeroboam. Rebelling against Abijah, the king of Israel based on dependence from David. Not specified 2 Chronicles 13:20
    Jehoram. Doing evil in the sight of the Lord. Stricken by a disease that caused his bowels to fall out. 2 Chronicles 21:14-19 (Nasty way to go.)
    Ezekiel’s wife. Literally nothing. God just wanted to make a point. Unknown. Ezekiel 24:15-18 (Well, being wife of the prophet is now an occupational hazard)
    Perspectives
    Since large numbers of people often end up as meaningless statistics, consider the rough guide below:

    20 million – In the global flood this figure is just over the maximum estimated human population before agriculture. Approximately the current population of Australia. It would take about a decade for this many Americans to die of natural causes. Actually, absolute terms aren’t useful for this one as it was near-enough 100% of the population – imagine 7 billion people being killed should God decide to pull this one again.
    185,000 – Assyrian soldiers killed while sleeping. This is greater than the entire multi-national coalition force at the peak of the Iraq War – so imagine losing that entire force in their sleep in one night. By comparison, the bloodiest battle (on a single day) in modern history would be the first day of the Battle of the Somme, where 20,000 BEF troops were killed. 185,000 is also the equivalent of 9/11 every single day for two months. It is slightly higher than the largest ever attendances at Talladega or Daytona motor racing tracks.[3]
    70,000 – Assorted Israelites, incidentally the same number of people who claimed to be Jedi in the 2001 Australian census. This is approximately the athletics capacity of Wembley Stadium, or towards the upper end of casualty estimates for the atomic bombing of Nagasaki (39,000-80,000)[4].
    50,070 – Assuming the higher figure, this is not far off the capacity of Yankee Stadium. Sports stadiums are useful comparisons because they’re areas where we have photographsWikipedia’s W.svg of that many people in close proximity and you can see how many it represents.
    24,000 – Slightly higher than the capacity of Madison Square Garden for pro wrestling.
    Of course, many of these numbers do pale next to what humans do to each other, and what the planet itself has thrown at us, but it is really the motives (or lack of) that should be truly shocking. When one takes into consideration all killing committed for God and in his name (up until the present 2018), the tally increase would be much, much higher. He gives free will, but apparently, it is just a trap.

    But, remember…. God loves you!

    • Well said, Pud! These religious fanatics totally ignore these passages in their holy book and pretend that it is all about love. Well is God exits and is truly loving, why are these barbaric passages in their holy book, if the book is supposed to be inspired by God.

      If a compassionate and caring God exists, then these passages could not be the word of such a God. But since there is miles too much ignorance and barbarism in the bible, it would be better to throw it in the rubbish bin or use its pages as toilet paper.

  • pud

    Almost forgot the FINAL act of anger in your psychotic drama! The deity couldn’t find another way eh? And you’re not a lunatic for “believing” this crap from a fellow ancient lunatic?

    How many people will die at the Battle of Armageddon?
    “”The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.
    —Revelation 14:18-20
    Let’s assume that 1600 stadia (320 kilometres = 320,000 metres) is the diameter of the lake of blood, therefore, the radius is 800 stadia or 160km. Let’s also assume that a horse’s bridle is approximately 1.5 metres from the ground, giving us its depth.

    We can then calculate the volume of blood using the formula: V = πr2h. Using biblical value of π = 3 we get the formula:

    3 × 160,000 × 160,000 × 1.5 = 115200000000 = 1.152×1011 cubic metres of blood.
    1 cubic metre = 1000 litres

    115200000000 × 1000 = 115200000000000 = 1.152×1014 litres of blood

    If we divide this number by the average amount of blood in a human body, 5.5 litres:

    115,200,000,000,000 ÷ 5.5 = 20,945,454,545,500
    So we find that according to scripture, at a bare minimum according to one interpretation, God will kill approximately 20,945,454,545,500 people. That’s in the trillions.

    However, since it says flows and not pools, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that a river was formed. Assuming they measured the blood-flow using actual horses, and a horse is 1 metre across.

    320,000 × 1 × 1.5 = 480,000 cubic metres of blood.
    480,000 × 1000 = 480,000,000

    480,000,000 ÷ 5.5 = 87,272,727

    So, in another interpretation, God will kill a minimum of 87,272,727 people to produce a horse bridle-high blood-flow.

    • Yes, it’s very barbaric. Their god is a violent psychopath.

      • pud

        They ignore that first book except for the parts that suit their delusional narrative and they rationalize everything with twisted infantile excuses like “his ways are not our ways” LOL

  • Glory

    BTW Pastor, Derek Prince, the one time atheist and philosophy major at Kings College in England went onto become a worldwide evangelist.

    He tells how he sought God out and was converted using the Bible in one of the late chapters of his book “Gifts of the Spirit”. It might be an interesting read for anyone genuinely seeking spiritual enlightenment. Not all are. Some just like to argue and control things but Prince was a genuine seeker and God rewarded him. Blessed be His Name.

    Maybe you could give your cousin a copy of this book to read along with Geisler and Zukeran’s The Apologetic of Jesus for Christmas. That way he gets to see God’s case and examine a true conversionary experience. He may read them if you let him know they are genuine truth seeking books.

    • Derek Prince became a Pentecostal nut who spoke in gobbledegook and pretended that he was speaking in tongues.

  • Glory

    Pastor it really would be a good idea to block the more verbally abusive atheists from this blog. When you study what these people write in their posts it is remarkably xenophobic and xenophobia while it does not respond well to arguments frequently responds well to therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy.

    If you have the time google “xenophobia signs” and look at the allaboutcounseling site.

    There is no denying how prejudiced against believers some atheists are and there must be a deep seated anxiety or spirit of fear behind that. Sometimes the biggest bullies are born in reaction to the most terrible irrational fears harbored in their hearts.

    Unfortunately, this fear can be learned and transmitted to the unwary rather like Hitler did when he trained the Germans in it. Who then went onto form elaborate self rationalizations for these unreasonable fears of people different from themselves.

    Why do these strange militant atheists skulk on this blog?

    Because their deep seated fears have owned them and made haters out of them and they refuse to admit that to themselves.

    Militant atheists are like Nazis with a real outgroup/ingroup mentality while Christians love everyone and try to include all.

    Just thought I would mention the xenophobic resemblance. Most people are fooled by the label atheist into thinking they suffer purely from an unbelief problem but it could be fear undergirding unbelief for a lot of them though there are other psychological factors unique to each individual.

    Scary, huh? How many of them pose as rational and wishing to argue while all the time they are looking for any opening to verbally lash out at the people different from themselves.

    I could never relate to people with this type of behavior no matter how cleverly deceitful their arguments.

    Their behavior belies their claims to be rational. If you are xenophobic then you have an issue undermining your rationality.

    Some people like Sam Harris advocating conversational intolerance clearly has no self control at all and wishes others to join him and validate this serious gap in normal behavior.

    • Breathe! Just breathe! Practice meditation! You won’t need any holy books, nor any religious gurus, nor any religious churches/temples. Breathe slowly and deeply. You desperately need to find peace and meditation is one technique that some people find useful.