OCTOBER 2021 EDITORIAL-ANGER: AN INVOLUNTARY REFLEX AND BIBLICAL WAYS TO MANAGE IT

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Anger is an involuntary reflex that has a physical, psychological, anatomical, and spiritual effect on humans. In physical terms, it means a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility, but it is defined by psychologists as an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone, or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong.

It is usually expressed in outbursts, rage, and violence and could lead to very destructive and sometimes irrevocable outcomes that could be averted if some control or restraint were applied. Murders have been committed in fits of rage, and unspeakable atrocities have been perpetrated, over time, due to suppressed anger vented as jealousy and enmity. The dire consequences of acting in anger are infinite, buttressing the imperative of understanding it in all ramifications to control and channel the energy positively.

It is an emotion that tends to take over our will, and anatomical changes indeed happen when we get angry. Research reveals that anger triggers the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. The adrenal glands flood the body with stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol; and the brain shunts blood away from the gut and towards the muscles in preparation for physical exertion. The heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration increase; the body temperature rises, and the skin perspires while the mind is sharpened and focused. Therefore, this emotion is even more dangerous to the angry person than to the object of the anger because the biological changes, enumerated above, can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or even death in some cases. The more reason everyone must understand all the dynamics of this emotion.

Being a universal spontaneous emotion, common to all animals, especially humans, as acknowledged by the Creator, Himself, it is necessary as Christians to understand when it creeps in and how to deescalate the situation and control it. This is because, though the emotion is acknowledged by God, any sin committed in the fit of anger is not excusable and will unequivocally attract the prescribed punishment by God. This is clearly stated in Ephesians 4:26 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”

We usually hear about righteous and unrighteous anger, and indeed it exists. Righteous anger is when we are furious with injustice, but it has to be channeled to righting that wrong instead of committing a sin. Once our anger leads us into sin, it kills the heart from within, and once that happens, you become lethargic to everything and begin to experiment in other ungodly actions.

And for dealing with this emotion, righteous or not, the bible is replete with counsel on anger as recorded in the following verses; Job 5:2 “For anger kills a fool, and jealousy slays the gullible.”; Proverbs 14:17 “A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.”; Proverbs 19:19 “A man of great anger will bear the penalty, For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.” And so on.

The goal for a child of God, therefore, becomes self-control in the face of any provocation. And for the children of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, the New Kingdom of God on earth, established by the Sole Spiritual Head, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, they have a perfect role model. 

The Holy Father, who threw a challenge to the whole world that anyone who could get Him angry would be entitled to a unique reward from Him, has continued to amaze His followers by His capacity to absorb and stay completely calm no matter the provocation or slander against Him. For the records, to date, no one has been able to rise to this challenge despite the incessant calumny and slander levelled against Him over the years.

The ability of Leader Olumba Olumba Obu and His Christ, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu, to be immune to the spontaneity of anger cements their supernaturalism as expressed in the ability to entirely control the physical expressions, biological alterations, psychological tendencies, and spiritual effects of this emotion.

Though the Holy Father is continually reconstructing and moulding us with His recondite wisdom, we, unfortunately, are yet to be like Him and so must continue to apply God’s wisdom when this emotion overtakes us. When this emotion confronts us, the first thing the bible advises is for us to control ourselves and tongues as recorded in Proverbs 29:11 thus, “A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards”. The second counsel we should apply is a reassessment of the whole situation in line with the scriptures in James 1:19-20 that says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God”.

Most importantly, it is essential to vent as advised in the Book of Colossians 3:8 thus, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth”. To vent is to talk about what angers us to the right person(s), and seek out a resolution, an action that will help us to let go, and indisputably, diffuse the effects of the emotion from our bodies and mind.

In addition to the bible verses above, the Supernatural Teacher, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, has revealed that the original diet prescribed for man by God, vegetarianism, is a remedy to the feelings of rage elicited by anger. As recorded in the Everlasting Gospel, Vol 1, Chapter 3vs 69, “Because of eating of fish and meat, man is overshadowed with darkness, and he dies. Sickness, anger, animosity are all found within you. You always pronounce woe on people and their mothers. There is no peace, no matter how rich you are. Your heart is always troubled as a result of eating meat”.

And the Everlasting Gospel, Vol 1, Chapter 3vs 75-76 also says, “You will have enough blood, power, and vitality when you refrain from eating meat. Death, sickness and lack will be afraid of you. When you abstain from eating meat and fish, you will no longer know anger and a troubled heart. You will experience real bliss and peace in your innermost heart. You will always be happy because The Father dwells in you and you in Him. You will see His glory every day”. The Holy Father invariably reveals that vegetarianism, the originally prescribed diet for man, will take out the rage from anger.

It is worthy to note that anger is neither a positive nor a negative emotion, but like any emotion, it can either be deployed for good or bad deeds. Like we stated earlier in this editorial, if we commit any sin as a consequence of our anger, we will bear the repercussion in the human courts and/or in God’s judgement.

May our Holy Father grant us the wisdom to restrain ourselves when provoked, even as we gradually strive to emulate His complete mastery and control of all emotions.

Thank You, Father.

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