Is God Really Slow to Anger?

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. – Psalm 145:8

God is often questioned as to if he is really as merciful as we believe he is. Those outside the Christian faith point to Old Testament passages that speak of God wiping entire peoples off the face of the earth, sending armies to slay other nations, and even kicking angels out of Heaven.

Forgetting, or perhaps never even realizing, that God, though loving and merciful, is also righteous and just. In all of his divine glory, how can he be called loving and merciful while displaying his attributes of justice and wrath? Is He really so ready to forgive?

Psalm 86:5 says,

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.

Yet, after Adam and Eve’s very first sin, he kicked them from the Garden of Eden, and cursed the ground they walked on.

Listen to the following video of Dr. R.C. Sproul answer this question, sincerely, truthfully, and biblically.


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