¿Dios de ira o Dios de amor?

Pregunta:  : Puede Dios en realidad sentir "ira, furor y grande indignación…" como se menciona en Deuteronomio 29:28; 32:22-25Deuteronomio 29:28; 32:22-25
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28 and Yahweh rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as at this day. 22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, Burns to the lowest Sheol, Devours the earth with its increase, Sets on fire the foundations of the mountains. 23 I will heap evils on them; I will spend my arrows on them: 24 They shall be wasted with hunger, and devoured with burning heat Bitter destruction; The teeth of animals will I send on them, With the poison of crawling things of the dust. 25 Outside shall the sword bereave, In the chambers terror; It shall destroy both young man and virgin, The suckling with the man of gray hairs.

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y en muchas otras citas cuando también se le describe como un Dios de infinito amor y paciencia? ¿Por qué el Antiguo Testamento nos pinta a Dios como un Dios de violencia, venganza, castigo y el Nuevo Testamento no?


Respuesta:  La Biblia dice claramente que Dios es "fuego consumidor" y esto lo dice no solamente en el Antiguo Testamento sino en el Nuevo (Hebreos 12:29Hebreos 12:29
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29 for our God is a consuming fire.

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). En realidad este aspecto de carácter divino es tan obvio en el Nuevo Testamento como lo es en el Antiguo. Considere todos los textos que hablan del infierno, el castigo eterno. Lea con cuidado Hebreos 10:28-31Hebreos 10:28-31
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28 A man who disregards Moses’ law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will he be judged worthy of, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance belongs to me,” says the Lord, “I will repay.” Again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

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y note el CONTRASTE con el castigo de muerte física aplicado en el Antiguo Testamento y el "mayor castigo" que menciona en el Nuevo. Además, el amor y la paciencia de Dios se mencionan con frecuencia también en el Antiguo Testamento. Lea, por ejemplo, Salmos 103:1-14Salmos 103:1-14
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103 By David. 1 Praise Yahweh, my soul! All that is within me, praise his holy name! 2 Praise Yahweh, my soul, And don’t forget all his benefits; 3 Who forgives all your sins; Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from destruction; Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfies your desire with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 Yahweh executes righteous acts, And justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, His deeds to the children of Israel. 8 Yahweh is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness. 9 He will not always accuse; Neither will he stay angry forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor repaid us for our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is his loving kindness toward those who fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like a father has compassion on his children, So Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him. 14 For he knows how we are made. He remembers that we are dust.

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. Hay MUCHISIMOS ejemplos de los largos años que la paciencia de Dios esperó al pueblo de Israel y aún a otras naciones (como el amorreo que anteriormente habitó la tierra prometida – vea Génesis 15:13-16is 15:13-16
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). También hay que tomar en cuenta que la misma Biblia enseña que DIOS ES AMOR y que DIOS ES FUEGO CONSUMIDOR y nos exhorta a tomar en cuenta LA BONDAD y LA SEVERIDAD de Dios (Romanos 11:22Romanos 11:22
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22 See then the goodness and severity of God. Toward those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness; otherwise you also will be cut off.

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). El amor y la ira NO son cualidades contradictorias. Uno mismo AMA a sus hijos, pero también se enoja con ellos y los castiga por su desobediencia POR CAUSA del amor que les tiene.