Wrath

Wrath is so obviously not a sin, I’ll make this short…. Wrath is defined as anger of a superior quality and degree, intense anger (usually on an epic scale). Baby, that is the only anger I know, my anger is always epic & most certainly superior.

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“A gentle answer turneth away wrath.” It’s a nice sentiment, but at the beginning of life with his human creatures, God’s answers are the very opposite of soft. When Adam and Eve confess that they’ve succumbed to the serpent’s temptation, God answers with a ferocious curse:

Cursed be the ground because of you;
By toil shall you eat of it
All the days of your life:
Thorns and thistles shall it sprout for you.
But your food shall be the grasses of the field;
By the sweat of your brow
Shall you get bread to eat
Until you return to the ground–
For from it you were taken.
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.

This scene is the birth of death. Until this moment, God’s first creatures — with God’s own breath within them–have been immortal. But at this moment, God makes death the defining feature of human existence — It’s a devastating story, and it frames all the other action in the Bible. If the Iliad is the epic of the wrath of Achilles, the Bible is the epic of the wrath of God.

Your punishment for the sin of wrath, you will be torn limb from limb…ok actually this sounds pretty horrible.

The punishment goes so far beyond what Adam and Eve deserved. If wrath is so wrong and we are made in God’s image and he can go around smiting, then why can’t we – This sin, again does not pass muster, I’m calling shenanigans on wrath – it’s no sin, it’s a natural reaction to injustice. How can a righteous indignation be wrong, simply, it can’t and therefore, I wipe Wrath from its lofty perch… see what I did there, now we are only looking at two deadly sins.

To celebrate go out and just unleash holy fury on someone for something random, then rejoice in not committing a sin.

Have a Great Day

Oh Geez I almost forgot, let’s see if Thomas Aquinas has anything to say about wrath… OMG, he does…he said anger is “the nature of a passion. A passion of the sensitive appetite is good in so far as it is regulated by reason, whereas it is evil if it set the order of reason aside.”

What a Gaylord.

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