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|THE ACTION OF ANGER|
A DESTRUCTIVE EMOTION and the BIOCHEMICAL CORRELATES
"The Lord dwells in long-suffering but the devil in anger. . . . How wicked is the action of anger, and in what way it overthrows the servants of God by its action, and turns them from righteousness. But it does not turn away those who are full of faith, nor does it act on them, for the power of the Lord is with them. It is the thoughtless and the doubting that it turns away. For as soon as it sees such men standing steadfast, it throws itself into their hearts, and for nothing at all the man or woman becomes embittered on account of occurrences in their daily life, as for instance on account of their food, or some superfluous word that has been uttered, or on account of some friend, or some gift or debt, or some such senseless affair. For all these things are foolish and empty and unprofitable to the servants of God. . . . But anger is foolish, and fickle, and senseless." See footnote. 1
All human anger, expressed or suppressed, short-circuits the human brain and impairs one's mental and physical ability to choose an appropriate response to a confrontation, or in getting something done that is important. "The Lord dwells in long-suffering, but the devil dwells in Anger." 2
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB) says: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways," declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways, And my thoughts than your thoughts." The truth is that God is the righteous Judge. And, 2 Timothy 4:8 (NASB) refers to Him as "the Lord, the righteous Judge." "The anger of God is not a disturbing emotion of His mind, but a judgment by which punishment is inflicted upon sin." 3
The anger of man is a destructive human emotion, and it is not in any way the same as the anger of God. In fact, James 1:20, says: "The anger of man doeth not that which is right in the sight of God" (Alford's Greek Testament, page 285). 4
"Anger places every cell in your body on red alert. Your stomach churns out acid. Your skin hairs stand upright. Your adrenal glands pour out adrenaline and steroids. Your pupils dilate. Your blood pressure shoots up. Your pulse races. You are ready to run or gun." 5 So, our physical bodies respond to the way we think.
Prior to the results of these studies that were reported by CNN, HEALING AND THE MIND by Bill Moyers was published by Doubleday in hard cover in 1993. 6 Inspired by Norman Cousin's published books (Anatomy Of An Illness and The Healing Heart: Antidotes To Panic And Helplessness) Moyers published his interviews with fifteen different experts involved in ongoing research in the complex field of the health effects of the relation between mind and body.
Regarding the dangers of toxic emotions and the heart, Dr. Caroline Leaf, author of Who Switched Off My Brain, 7 on pages 70-72 said:
"Here is a list of some of the dangers of toxic emotions and the heart:
* Hypertension (high blood pressure).
* Angina--chest pain and spasms of the heart tissue--heart ache.
* Coronary artery disease--hardening of the arteries causing narrowing. This can be triggered by anger.
* Strokes or cerebrovascular insufficiency--the clogging of blood vessels so brain tissue becomes starved.
* Aneurysm--ballooning or swelling of the artery or rupturing of blood vessels. This can also be triggered by anger."
In the Greek texts of the New Testament, the Greek word kardia occurs 160 times. It is transliterated kardia, and translated in each case as heart. Kardia is defined by Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon as: "1. that organ in the animal body which is the centre of the circulation of the blood, and hence was regarded as the seat of physical life. 2. Kardia denotes the centre of all physical and spiritual life, as it is ihe fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors." The Greek word kardiognosteV (kardia, gnosthV) occurs 2 times in the New Testament and is translated as know the heart or knows the heart. It is transliterated: kardiognostes, and is defined by Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon as: "knower of hearts: Acts 1:24; 15:8." 8
Genesis 6:5 (NASB): "Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
1 Chronicles 28:9 (NASB): "As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts."
Psalms 44:21 (NASB): "Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart."
Proverbs 3:5 (NASB): "Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding."Matthew 5:8 (NASB): "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matthew 6:20-21 (NASB): "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Matthew 9:4 (NASB): "And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?"
Luke 5:21-22 (NASB): "And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?" But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts?"
Matthew 12:34-35 (NASB): "You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil."
Hebrews 4:12 (NASB): "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Revelation 2:23 (NASB): "And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds."
Regarding "DNA AND THE EVIDENCE FOR INTELLIGENT DESIGN," Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, author of Signature In The Cell, 9 on page 85 said: "In Darwin's time few, if any, biologists talked about biological or genetic information, but today they routinely refer to DNA, RNA, and proteins as carriers of information. Biologists tell us that DNA stores and transmits "genetic information," that it expresses a "genetic message," that it stores "assembly instructions," a "genetic blueprint," or "digital code." Biology has entered its own information age, and scientists seeking to explain the origin of life have taken note. Life does not consist of just matter and energy, but also information. Since matter and energy were around long before life, this third aspect of living systems has now taken center stage. At some point in the history of the universe, biological information came into existence. But how?"
Will Rogers said: "People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing." Getting angry can sometimes be like leaping into a wonderfully responsive sports car, gunning the motor, taking off at high speed and then discovering the brakes are out of order. 10.
Steven Friedman, Ph.D., of the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, NY., according to a webcast transcript entitled "The Harmful Effects of Anger," said: "THERE IS NOTHING GOOD ABOUT ANGER. Feeling angry, once the person is angry, holding it in is not good. Research shows that. And expressing it is even worse. One of the long term consequences, we know, in the research and what leads to cardiac disease is, quote, the type A personality. . . . I think it is worth reiterating, . . . There is nothing good about anger in any way. In terms of feeling it or expressing it. Feeling it leads to negative consequences, both physically in terms of health, and it leads to negative consequences about how people around you will avoid You." 11
Human anger is a sin, a destructive, negative and toxic emotion. And, in addition to the all important eternal values, there are medically proven and scientifically demonstrated health benefits to be realized, physiologically speaking, when one puts into practice in sincere Christian obedience, the unmistakable and specific Biblical command to get rid of all anger. It is written, "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice" (Ephesians 4:31 NIV). And, it is written, "But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these, anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips" (Colossians 3:8 NIV). 12 Let's do it.
A DESTRUCTIVE EMOTION and the BIOCHEMICAL CORRELATES
A DESTRUCTIVE EMOTION and the BIOCHEMICAL CORRELATES Questions for Discussion
1. Do you believe that the Lord dwells in long-suffering but the devil in anger?
2. How wicked is the action of anger? Explain
3. Do you see how that anger, experienced by human beings, expressed or suppressed, is a negative, toxic and destructive emotion? Explain.
4. Why would anyone want to allow the devil to dwell in anger in their earthly bodies, thereby influencing their thinking, their actions and their speech? Explain.
5. Can you describe what is meant by the instruction to "consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed?"
6. Since Christians have laid aside the "old self" with its evil practices, do you accept the idea that it is therefore important for Christians to get rid of all "anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from their mouth?" If not, why not?
7. Do you believe that human anger, expressed or suppressed, is damaging to one's health, physical and spiritual, and damaging to one's relations with others?
8. Should anger be suppressed, expressed or is their another option? Describe the Christian Solution?
9. What are some modern day justifications for anger? Can you make a list?
10. How is it that anger attacks one physically and emotionally to hurt, even to kill?
11. Since the anger of God is not a human passion or a human emotion, how would you describe the difference between the anger of humans and the anger of God?
12. Why is anger such a destructive emotion? Where and how is anger often manifested?
13. Where do we often see anger displayed in today's world?
14. Can you describe how our bodies respond to the way we think?
15. From our study in this chapter, give a concise definition of the "action of anger."
16. How would you describe the difference between anger and resentment; wrath; malice; indignation; fury; rage and ire?
17. Do you accept the idea that "there is nothing good about anger in any way?" Discuss what happens physiologically when anger is suppressed or expressed?18. Do you believe the Bible means what it says in Ephesians 4:31 (NIV): "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice?" 13
A DESTRUCTIVE EMOTION and the
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