|Answering The Atheist|
March 25, 2007 / Volume 7, Issue 12
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Does God ever get furious? Isaiah 27:4 says no, but other texts reveal that God is often (or always) furious (Isaiah 34:2; Jeremiah 21:5; Jeremiah 30:23; Micah 5:15; Nahum 1:2; Zechariah 8:2). Is there a contradiction?
Isaiah 27:4 does not say that God has never been furious. The Lord, at that point, revealed that "...fury is not in Me..." The previous two verses speak about His own people (the vine), with whom He had been furious at other times (Jeremiah 21:5). Of the remaining texts mentioned by the questioner regarding the Lord's fury, we note that it is directed at the nations who did not heed Him. Jeremiah 30:23 fitly summarizes whom the fury of the Lord falls upon:
Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; it will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible