Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

will god be mad forever?

2/10/09

 

The purveyors of the doctrine of eternal punishment must assume that God’s anger is never assuaged. He must remain unmoved and unsatisfied in His indignation forever and ever. Is it conceivable that the God who loved so much and whose mercy endures forever could operate in this way?

 

Some would try to make this doctrine conceivable by quoting some “supporting scripture”. I’d like to propose some scripture for consideration. Isaiah 57:16 says “For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. “ (KJV). Notice the reason given for why God’s wrath must end, to preserve mankind. In Revelation 15:1 we read “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished.” (NASV). Why would punishment extend beyond the point where God’s wrath ceases? God’s wrath is ended but the subjects of His wrath continue to suffer the punishment resulting from that wrath. It makes no sense, ethically nor biblically.

 

No the Bible is clear. Wrath serves its purpose, and then it ceases. Eternal wrath and its associated eternal punishment are not consistent with God’s nature, and these scriptures require us to re-examine our understanding of such things.

 

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