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Don Stewart :: What about Certain Passages That Attribute Human Passions to God? (Anthropopathisms)

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Don Stewart

Human emotions are not part of God's character. However, the Bible does refer to God's emotions in human terms.

God Experiences Laughter

The Bible speaks of God laughing.

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them (Psalm 2:4).

God Shows Weariness

The Bible says that God gets weary.

Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them (Isaiah 1:14).

God Becomes Jealous

Scripture speaks of God's jealously

I will direct my jealous anger against you, and they will deal with you in fury. They will cut off your noses and your ears, and those of you who are left will fall by the sword. They will take away your sons and daughters, and those of you who are left will be consumed by fire (Ezekiel 23:25).

These human emotions that are attributed to God are done so for the benefit of humanity.

Summary

The Bible attributes human passions or feelings to God. These are known as anthropopathisms. In the Bible we read of such things as God's laughter, weariness, and jealously.

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