WHAT DOES JESUS SAY ABOUT OUR LEVELS OF ANGER?
The King James version of Matthew 5:22 is "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, "Raca!" shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, "You Fool!" shall be in danger of hell fire."
Here Jesus talked about 3 levels of corrosive anger. I understood this verse better by translating Matthew 5:22 using "On Line Bible 6.0" program. It has a lexicon that uses Strong's numbers for each Greek word. I printed out the definition of each Greek word and then asked the Holy Spirit what was the meaning, for the highest good of all concerned.
This is what came up:
The first level was "Now I emphatically teach you how everyone who is angry at your fellow humans without success, it shall come to pass that you shall desire a separation."
This anger without success that separates people, defines failure or corrosive anger.
This also defines success, to have an anger, that has success. Jesus cursed a tree that was not fruitful, cleared a temple that was not fruitful, and accepted the consequences of the corrosive anger he triggered, with his authentic anger, to bridge the gap between God and man.
So now we have the definition of authentic anger by the success it brings. We also have the definition of the first level of corrosive anger, that produces separation.
The second level was "Anyone who spoke in the past, a name of reproach, it shall come to pass that you shall desire counseling by the council." This corrosive anger is at the level of a separation from the community.
The third level was "Anyone who spoke foolishness, it shall come to pass that you shall desire to experience the stench of your speech, like the stench of the fire in the Jerusalem garbage dump."
This corrosive anger is at the level of a separation from the self. All have felt the feeling of very uncomfortable anger.
This separation from the self is a metaphor for your separation from God. The Jerusalem garbage dump, is usually known as Gehenna, or Hell, and Hell coule easily be defined as our separation from God.