God is Wrathful Because God is Love

Interesting quotation from Miroslav Volf

A Pilgrim's Friend

"Our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:29 “Our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:29

If God is loving then how can He be wrathful? Isn’t wrath or anger inappropriate for a God who is love?

Yale Theologian, Miroslav Volf provides one great answer. He was born in Croatia and lived through the nightmare years of ethnic strife in the former Yugoslavia—including the destruction of churches, the rape of women, and the murder of innocents. He once thought that wrath and anger were beneath God, but he came to realize that his view of God had been too low…

“I used to think that wrath was unworthy of God. Isn’t God love? Shouldn’t divine love be beyond wrath? God is love, and God loves every person and every creature. That’s exactly why God is wrathful against some of them.

My last resistance to the idea of God’s wrath was a casualty of the war in the former Yugoslavia…

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