God's wrath against sin
What is sin?
Sin is the state that resulted from mankind rejecting God. Sins are the acts that people do as a result. Sins can include exaggeration, lying, jealousy, stealing, murder, adultery or sexual perversion. Everyone sins by nature, as the scripture says: all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
What is Godís reaction to it?
God says that sin results in separation from God. God hates sin and His anger with sin will mean that people are eternally separated from God. However God is also a compassionate God and in His mercy has provided a solution to the problem of sin and the sins of each person.
Why does He have this reaction?
Godís holy nature cannot abide sin. Sin has separated man from God. In his pride man wanted to be independent when God had provided all that he needed.
Is there an answer?
Yes, the answer is accepting the work of Jesus on the cross as your substitute. Jesus took your sin as He was the only undefiled man who lived on this Earth. The scripture says that: at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). Godís just wrath against sin has been placed on His Son Jesus so that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16b-18).
What are the consequences if you reject the answer?
Godís wrath includes the prospect of eternal punishment Ė it is appointed to men to die once and then comes the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). You will rise from the dead and will face the Judge and know that you rejected His kind and merciful answer. You will be condemned to everlasting separation from God and then you spend all eternity in torment in hell. Jesus spoke about this as a lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and all his angels (demonic spirits) (Matthew 25: 41).
The passage that appears below, written by Paul the Apostle nearly 2000 years ago, is remarkably up to date. If people reject God, His guidance, and the way of escape through His Son Jesus, the results are bad for individuals and society and will end in judgement.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world Godís invisible qualities ó his eternal power and divine nature ó have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator ó who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know Godís righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32)