OK – i said a little while back i would explain more my ‘thoughts’ on Anger and why i included it ( incorrectly as it turns out! 😉 ) as a Deadly Sin when i meant to refer to the D.S. of Wrath (why His Holinesses, the Popes, refer to Wrath as a Deadly Sin when the Bible often refers to the Wrath of God i am not fully sure – seems it is ok to do as God’s Son does – just not as God does?? But Jesus IS God ?( I get so confused by Religious dictates sometimes!).
I was recalling that the Lord hates Seven Things and assumed without checking that these would equate directly with the Seven D.S.’s – but i was yet aghain – wrong there.
Proverbs 6:16 – 19 tells us those seven are:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Clearly these don’t match with:
Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Slothfulness and Wrath (Anger).
In Fact swift feet and slothfulness seem diametrically opposed and lying is mentioned Twice as a thing God hates but is not mentioned as a D.S.??
Ok – so a bit of confusion in my mind (as normal! 😉 ) and as a few kind people have also pointed out – God ( and even Jesus) get Angry from time to time (The Lord of the OT gets angry quite a lot of the time it seems?)
So why is it NOT OK for us to get angry?? ( or we should at least ‘rein it in a little’ and get SLOW to anger!)
Because – when we HUMANS get angry – pretty much most of the time we ‘lose’ (some or all) self-control – and that is a VERY bad thing to do indeed in my humble opinion.
When we get angry we leave ourselves Open to attack by – for want of a better word – Satan.
He uses those moments, and similar ones – when our emotions can just ‘run away with us’ and lead us to do less than Christianly things to one another – or ourselves, or to any living creature, to establish himself within our minds and digs down into our subconcious where he lurks – biding his time.
Anger is a sin – a time when we operate more from selfish personal ego than from Chraitable Christian Faith – it may not be a Mortal sin – but for us – it is a very dangerous one that we rarely ‘use’ in anything like ‘God-like’ control.
I don’t recommend it and advise doing all we can to remove it from us – as difficult as we will all find it while living in a less than perfect world.