Is Anger A Sin?
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Is anger a sin?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, stated, "In Ephesians 4, God's Word tells us, 'Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:'"
Out of 1,300 Christians that responded to the survey, 56% stated that they do not believe that anger is a sin. The most common response was "Anger is an emotion and can be controlled. Just like the way Jesus overturned the tables and benches of the moneychangers in the temple." Others responded with comments such as, "Anger is a spontaneous way to express, rebuke or detest evil" and "Anger in itself is not a sin. It is how you handle the anger in each situation." While others cited Numbers 11:1 and Mark 3:5 as other examples where God and Jesus showed anger without sinning.
Thirty-four percent of pollers said anger is sinful. The most common reason given was because we are to "love your neighbour as yourself." In James 1:20, we are told "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." Other survey takers felt that extreme anger is uncontrollable. One poller stated, "When one gets really angry they tend to hurt others. This may lead to murder which is a sin." Others believe that vengeance belongs to the Lord, so acting upon one's anger will cause one to sin against God. In Romans 12:19 Paul writes, "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
Ten percent of Christians who answered were unsure if anger was a sin. The majority of this group felt that it depended on the circumstances. This is shown with comments such as, "It depends on the reason" or "As long as you can control it." All agreed that anger was an emotion to be controlled; however if the motive or the outcome of the anger violated God's Word, then the anger was considered a sin.
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