What is the Wrath of God?

By Msgr. Charles Pope

In Yesterday’s (Sunday of the 30th Week) Mass there was a reference to the wrath of God and how only Jesus can save us from it. St Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, commends them who have turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath (1 Thess 1:9-10). Well thank you, Jesus!

But what is God’s wrath? It is spoken of often in the scriptures and it is a concept with which we have to be careful. On the one hand we cannot simply dismiss the concept as contradictory to the fact that God is love. But neither can we deny God’s wrath as unfit in terms of His love.

It seems worthwhile to consider some aspects of the very complicated reality of the wrath of God. There is not enough space to cover the whole topic in this post, but the comments stay open, as always, for your additions and subtractions. What are some ways that we can explain and understand the wrath of God? Let me propose a few.

The wrath of God is not merely an Old Testament concept. In fact, it is mentioned quite frequently in the New Testament as well. For example, consider the following:

  1. Jesus said, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36).
  2. The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness (Rom 1:18).
  3. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord (Rom 12:19).
  4. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things [i.e. sexual immorality] God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient (Eph 5:6).
  5. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess 5:9).
  6. The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath (Rev 14:19).

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9 Responses to What is the Wrath of God?

  1. St Bosco says:

    Funny you should mention turning from idols to the living god. That’s all you cathols do is bow and scrape befor your graven images while you rub your Babylonian beads.

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  2. johnhenrycn says:

    St Bosco, formerly Bozo Boy, thank you for reminding me what a jerk thou art. The drought in California is obviously intellectual as well as environmental.

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  3. kathleen says:

    Hahahaha! Poor old Bosco (formerly Bozo Boy of the carvery chapel) – you are such a Clown!

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  4. St Bosco says:

    This post mentions turning aside from idols. I couldn’t help but say something. Not that im perfect. Im as bad as the worst. Id like to see my catholic brothers reconsider their use of statues. I know, the statue helps to focus the prayer. Then the statue does do something. I believe this keeps people from the living god, just like the quote at the beginning of this good post. Yes, I consider this post a good one. Much to your surprise.

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  5. Roger says:

    Bosco look in a mirror and see an idol SELF! Narcissus (Man like GOD) .
    Here is the Truth those who under the pretence off worshipping a living God turn His Church into Whitened Sepulchures which reflects their own Narcissus souls.
    Statues do not help focus prayer as you put it! No they focus prayer on the LIVING members of the CHURCH.
    The Mystical Body of Christ is Church militant (here us) Church suffering (purgation) Church in Heaven.
    The mystical Body of Christ HIS Church thats ALL three.
    The Church in ALL its members praying for each other. The Communion of Saints. The sight of the Blessed (be this ikons or statues or paintings) is how the Church Militant reminds of the Communion of Saints.
    Empty the Churchs strip them bare and that is an image of Fallen Man a whitened sepulchre!
    Bosco your God isn’t a living God its a God of your own narcissus creation! Your God in the image created by your Mind.
    I do not see ANY statues in Church! Because I see the living members of the Church (Communion of Saints). I do not worship the saints in their images! No as living members they intercede for Us I unite my prayers with theirs TO the Living God!
    Become one with the Man God and you will not see statues but the living in Heaven. You will rejoice in the Communion of the Living.

    Gods wrath is on those who attack the Communion of Saints because what you are really promoting is narcissus worship of SELF

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  6. On a human level, it is possible to love and be angry at someone at the same time, so whatever God’s anger may be, why should it be incompatible with His love?

    Besides, as a wiser man than I am has often said, “God loves us unconditionally, but He does not save us unconditionally.”

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  7. St Bosco says:

    Statues do not help focus prayer as you put it! No they focus prayer on the LIVING members of the CHURCH.

    That’s odd. Ive been told a million times that the statues focuses their prayers.

    I do not see ANY statues in Church! Because I see the living members of the Church (Communion of Saints)

    Er eh, aren’t those statues are all dead people?

    Become one with the Man God and you will not see statues but the living in Heaven. You will rejoice in the Communion of the Living

    Its gonna be tough to get ol Bosco to kneel befor a graven image. Its my understanding that god hates that kind of stuff.

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  8. Brother Burrito says:

    Hey Bosco, how about this gravy image:

    Ah! Bosco

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  9. St Bosco says:

    Its Ok I guess.

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