Why Does God Seem Angry In The Bible

Joseph Barkley | June 26, 2022

Believe it or not, doubt is actually one of the best indicators of a strong faith. Everyone doubts, and people of faith are certainly no exception when it comes to God’s existence, character, or work in the world.

For some reason or another, many of us, whether we are Christian or otherwise, when we picture God we tend to see God as angry. If something bad happens, God must be angry with someone, something, or everyone and everything! This is reinforced by seemingly supporting stories of this kind of angry God that we see a lot in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament. Between ransacking entire cities, turning people to a pile of salt, and as will be the focus of this message, commanding someone to sacrifice their own son. What is up with all this? If God is supposed to be loving like Jesus, why does God always seem so angry in other places?

Joseph Barkley, lead pastor at Radius Church in Los Angeles, kicks off the series by addressing this question through the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22.

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