Sometimes things happen in our lives which makes us angry; it’s a normal human emotion and no one is exempt – we all get angry, or as it is said in the old English of the Bible, we get wroth – yes, we all have wrath at one time or another. But is getting angry, and having wrath, really a sin? In the famous list of The Seven Deadly Sins, wrath is number one on the list. But wait, the list of the seven deadly sins is not from the Bible – it was initially created by the 4th century monk Evagrius Ponticus as a list of eight sins, then adopted by Pope Gregory I who revised it to seven sins, and made famous by Dante Alighieri in his poem The Divine Comedy (Dante’s Inferno).
“For wrath kills a foolish man, and envy slays a simple one.” – Bible or Not?
Today’s quote includes 2 sins from the 7 Deadly, wrath and envy, and the Bible tells us…
I will sometimes come a cross a quote that sounds like it could be from the Bible, or at least said by a Christian author or proponent of Judeo-Christian values. And then I come across quotes that are said by agnostics or atheists which are equally Biblically sounding.
Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind. – Robert Ingersoll, 19th Century American Politician
I am sure we’ve all heard the phrase “blind with anger”. The Bible teaches us that we should cease from anger and forsake wrath, because when we act out of anger injury is close behind. The Bible also teaches us that we can be angry, but do not sin as a result. We must “keep our heads” when situations arise that push our anger button…
Everything leads to something. That’s the nature of both the good and the bad. Good habits lead to more good habits, bad habits lead to more bad habits. Kind of like the idea that whatever a man sows, that he will reap. And that’s the nature of today’s quote.
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda, Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace, 1999
I make the case that this is totally Biblical. Do you agree or have I gone off the deep end?
FEAR → ANGER → HATE → SUFFERING