Does God Get Pissed-Off?

The Bible, especially the Old Testament, sure has many references that seem to portray Jehovah God as angry, even to the point of wanting to destroy humans outright.

But how does this square with a God of infinite love and mercy? How can God ever be angry or think to do any evil to humans? Yet in Zechariah 8:14 we read:

“As I thought to do evil when your fathers provoked me to anger, saith Jehovah Zebaoth”

Since we cannot grasp with our finite minds the true nature of God’s infinite mercy towards each of us, the literal sense of Scripture is accommodated to our worldly conception of wrongdoing and why we should come to fear evil.

This is accomplished in Scripture by making it appear that, throughout history, we have greatly pissed God off. 

When we transgress spiritual laws (which we all do), it would be difficult to convey the idea that these things should not be done if God is depicted as always treating us with boundless mercy and showing us a big wide smile. So instead, we are told in Genesis 6:7 that:

“And Jehovah said, I will destroy man whom I have created out of the faces of the ground”

But Scripture is not just accommodated to the corporeal/sensual mind of humans. It is also accommodated to our highest potential cognitive functions and to the minds of angels in heaven (who understand things abstracted from the ideas of time and space).

So beyond delivering the powerful, visceral message that under God’s governance and watchful eye, evil will lead man to disaster, there can be gleaned an even more powerful hidden message from these same words.

This hidden message is purely spiritual and has nothing to do with physical consequences or physical destruction.

Let us put on our thinking caps and try to look at these same words of Genesis 6:7 from a more elevated frame of reference.

The physical ground supports man’s life on earth in the same way spiritual love supports, and is the ground of, religious faith. This is our psychological turf.

Therefore, to destroy man whom God created out of the faces of the ground would be interpreted by angels that man’s understanding of faith had changed from what God had first intended – that human understanding and faith had become grounded not in the principles of spiritual love but in some debased and ego-centered love.

Therefore, on a higher, spiritual level, Genesis 6:7, refers to God wanting to destroy a false belief and faith-system. If this divine action does not take place within the hearts and minds of men and women, repentance and salvation cannot commence.

All the narratives of the Lord’s Word, the battles and miracles, the escape from bondage in Egypt, the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, the land of Canaan, the descent of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, are all the things that God foresees playing out on our psychological turf.

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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