Is God a psychopath? God is depicted throughout Scripture as flying off the handle and threatening to kill people every time they stray from Him. Sounds like a nut case to me!
This does not fit my image of God as being Infinite Love and Infinite Wisdom.
The image of God’s wrath is the unfortunate outcome of a mere literal understanding of the words of Scripture, which has Jehovah God constantly making death threats. If God has to compel people to follow His dictates by brute force and a show of power, then TRUTH must take a back seat to MIGHT.
People want to do the right thing because they are convinced that it is right, not because they are forced to.
One particularly interesting “divine threat” occurs in Exodus 32:1-14. This is where the Israelites melt all their gold into the form of calf and begin to worship it. Poor Moses is up on a mountain and getting an earful from God about the situation below.
God is pissed off that this is how the Jewish people showed their gratitude for being led out of bondage from Egypt. As the Israelites are enjoying a festival below, God tells Moses that He is so hot and angry that He will slay them.
Moses, terrified of this, brings God back to His senses, reminding Him of His promise to multiply the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and that these people were to inherit some new real estate.
Moses literally tells God to “repent” and not do evil to the people.
This biblical scenario makes God look pitiful. Here we have a finite man teaching an Infinite God how to act properly. In fact, Moses is telling God how to behave as a God. How can this be?
This faulty interpretation of Scripture is derived by people (including the clergy) who do not think beyond the literal sense of the letter, which only addresses the corporeal/sensual level of reasoning by mortals. This reasoning believes that sin is severely punished by God, rather than sin being the penalty itself.
On a deeper level, God’s “anger” signifies the psychological reality of man’s own aversion to Divine Authority. The image of God being angry is actually a reflection of an inner state of the human heart and mind. It springs from an aversion to spiritual truth, which runs contrary to, and is in opposition to, one’s self-love and self-guidance. This reflection is evidenced by the fact that people will often blame God for their circumstance, believing they are being punished from God’s judging them, rather than from anything one actually does. When we blame God for every penalty we pay in life, we can only envision God as being pissed off.
God is mercy itself. As long as theologians reject that God’s Holy Word contains multiple levels of meaning, Religion will keep on shooting itself in the foot with its inaccurate teachings.
How can anyone love an angry God?