The Mechanics of Wrath

“In the first chapter of Romans, the apostle describes the mechanics of wrath in this way. The wrath of God is visited from Heaven on all the ungodliness of men, but he does not go on to describe lightning bolts and hail the size of cantaloupes. No, the wrath of God is described as God ‘giving men up.’ Giving them to what? Giving them up to what they desire. The fact that their desires are maddening lusts does not alter the fact that God is giving them up to what they want, and to what they demand. So damnation is not an arbitrary penalty attached randomly to certain proscribed behaviors. Rather damnation is what happens at the culmination of insisting upon a fundamentally irrational frame of mind” (Mere Fundamentalism, pp. 58-59).

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