[quote=DavidFilmer]The prevailing theory (mainly among our protestant brethren who seem to fixate on this sort of thing) is that God will finally bring about the End of the World because He finally gets SICK AND TIRED of mankind’s sinful ways. They imagine the end being brought about by an angry and wrathful God who has lost all patience with His Creation.
That implies that God’s act of Creation ends in failure. I don’t believe that.
There will surely be some people in the End Times who stubbornly refuse to accept God’s moral law (and they won’t fare well in the end). But I think that overall, as a species, we will have largely accepted God when the end comes.
I believe that God has a plan for the human race, and He won’t bring about the end of the world until humanity fulfills its divine destiny. I do NOT believe our destiny is to fail.
If I am right, God will end the world - NOT out of anger - but out of love. The human race will have accomplished its divine calling, and thus God will call all of humanity to Himself (though some will still resist His Will). There will simply be *nothing *left for humanity to accomplish (spiritually).
Of course, if I’m right, then the end of the world is probably thousands of years distant (which is my belief), not imminent as many believe.
Why do people have this idea that God will destroy His Creation in a fit of rage? Is there Biblical support for this notion? Do any of the Early Fathers concurr with this notion? Where did this idea come from?
Some sorts of Protestantism emphasise the wrath of God quite strongly: and it is certainly a feature of the OT - and also of the NT.
What the systematic theologians of (say) Calvinism - people such as Louis Berkhof, for example - don’t forget, and what is easy to forget, is that this is always a righteous wrath: the righteousness of God, is one of the main ideas of the “classical” Reformation - possibly the main idea.
This wrath, is God’s holy anger against sin: it’s a Divine intolerance of it - almost a defensive reaction: and it is basically nothing but the reverse side of God’s Love. As the Judgement is one of the elements in the Christian notion of the “Last Things”, and as it involves the final getting rid of what is not holy, righteous, or obedient to God, there is plenty of room for the idea. It’s not even an invention of the Reformers: the Roman Liturgy used to include , a medieval (13th-century ?) hymnDies Irae which emphasises the wrath of God very strongly: a lot of what was in mediaeval Catholicism, was carried over into Protestantism.
What this anger is not, is a fit of rage: that implies that God has emotions, and is not pure Spirit - it is the appropriate response to sin. It just needs to avoid being taken in isolation from the rest of what is known of God. The Crucifixion was an act of Love - it was also an act of God’s Wrath upon unrighteousness; largely because God’s wrath in the OT is shown in judgement on “the Day of the Lord” - which in the OT is when God manifests and vindicates His righteousness upon His enemies. The Day of Judgement is a spiritualisation of the “Day of the Lord”, and the Crucifixion is the fulfilment of it. Where there is sin, God’s Love & Wrath go together - for wrath, presupposes sin. Which is why Revelation 6 shows us “the wrath of the Lamb”. ##