God’s Anger

She thinks God is angry with her.

She’s 91.

She’s ashamed.

She hasn’t gone to church since her husband’s funeral service over 20 years ago.

I can’t stop thinking about this tiny little soul who carries shame because she thinks God is angry with her.

Of all the things in this world that God could, or should, be angry about….I’m pretty sure it does not include her not going to church.

She needs to believe this.

How do I get her to believe?

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45 thoughts on “God’s Anger

  1. russtowne says:

    One approach you might consider is simply saying that God has created a way. All she has to do is sincerely ask God for forgiveness. When she does that, then she will know that God forgives her because he said he would. I hope that helps.

  2. anand says:

    Religion is not about force .. it’s about belief ..i don’t believe the god exist in 4 walls .. if you want to reach the god just close your eyes and pray and god will hear you …

  3. Ann Koplow says:

    Just be yourself and show her your authentic, passionate, and lovely conviction that shame is not an appropriate burden for her. That will be healing and helpful on some level, believe me.

  4. duncanr says:

    russtowne’s approach accepts this woman is correct in her belief that god is angry with her for not attending church and suggests she ask for forgiveness

    alternatively, you could challenge her belief that god is angry with her by pointing to verses in the bible describing god as being omni-present – since god is everywhere present, god can be worshipped anywhere and not just in a church

    not attending a church is therefore no reason for god to be angry – if it was, he would be livid with rage at the disparity between the large number of folk in the UK who claim to be christian when asked their religion on the Census form and the minuscule number who actually bother to go to church on a Sunday

  5. Paul says:

    God Loves unconditionally. It is religion that strives to own people and make them feel guilt and obey – in my opinion religion often sucks. It is hard to dissuade folks from their beliefs Colleen.

  6. Sounds like she might have been told that growing up and it will be hard to convince her otherwise. Maybe you could try and explain to her that God is Love. I’m very sad for her.

  7. ksbeth says:

    if she could have someone she trusts, priest, minister, friend remind her that god is everywhere and not just in a building and that he is not mad at her, instead proud of her for believing in him for so long.

  8. God exists beyond the 4 walls of a church. She can reconnect with Him simply by studying His word.

    Is she really worried that God is angry or that her church friends are angry?

    The misconception that belief in/relationship with God = Religion + going to church is the reason so many “christians” are deeply unhappy. They’re missing the point.

    God wants us to come to Him as we are and He’ll clean us up. But we believe we need to clean up first. We will never be clean enough. God is pure we are not. It’s as simple as that.

    Sending hugs to you and her 🌷

  9. The light is within. And love passages from Paul in the bible. If she feels it’s coming from God, than something from the bible saying he loves everyone and forgives maybe that’s the best way to go? Good luck with this.

  10. lbeth1950 says:

    I wonder if she’d stay angry at her child that long, not likely?

  11. I think she’s scared. At 91, the sand is running out of the hourglass. God is love. Give her a hug and tell her you will remember her and God will welcome her.

  12. mewhoami says:

    At that age, death and the afterlife become much more real. The fear of the unknown can be overwhelming. She needs comfort, and the confidence that her death is nothing to fear, but instead will lead to a pain-free, young-spirited and joyful afterlife. Therefore, I agree with Russ. If she is feeling guilty, then the should pray for forgiveness. That will clear her of guilt, while also ensuring that she is right with God. In that same talk with her, I’d also include the example that lbeth gave. Meanwhile, she can reconnect with Him through prayer (conversations) and the Bible, like A @ Moylom stated. It doesn’t take much, just a sincere heart and desire.

  13. Val Boyko says:

    We suffer so with long held beliefs that become the truth. May the heartfelt suggestions from others help you guide her to hopefully see things differently .. or not, if she is not ready to let go.

  14. Not quite 40 says:

    Take her to church? Sometimes the first step is the hardest.

  15. reocochran says:

    It is hard to waylay fears held firmly for so many years. I have belief and faith in your caring hugs and strong (confident) personality to get through to her. Have family members write, speak or demonstrate how she has been “good” and “worthy.” It may reassure her, but help may be in another person in her daily contacts.
    I used to pray with people at the nursing home, starting with, “Our Father. . .” almost every time someone who had such fears started repeating the familiar, comforting words, they would say them with me. ❤ Everyone has offered great suggestions, Colleen.

  16. niaaeryn says:

    That is a really tough one. I would wonder if a pastor or priest she may listen to, but it would help to know why she holds this belief? I don’t know, if she has kids she could relate to that unconditional love? I have faith you will find a way, but that is tricky.

  17. Oh man. That’s a toughie. Does it not occur to her to think, “Well, if I start going to church again, God won’t be angry with me any more?” Not that I’m saying He is, but it would help her. Perhaps she should talk to the priest/minister.

  18. we all need to come to the realisation that Gods love for us is real.. and true. and perfect.. trust in his love. loveatitsfinestblog.wordpress.com

  19. Meritings says:

    God would probably say “I am angry with no-one, I am angry with everyone.”

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