BW, if I misunderstood you, I'm sorry. I just wanted to comment. I don't know if I would say 'in order to avoid the wrath'. While that certainly helps to drive many people to God in the first place, myself included, I've come to view it a little differently now that I'm "in the door" so to speak.B. W. wrote: Goes to show that people have faith and what they place their faith in reveals whom they trust – their own ability to have God dance and perform to their tunes, or naturalism, or secularism, or place faith in the Lord of Host by means of absolute surrender to him to avoid the wrath to come.
I don't view God as a person who wants us to come to him out of terror. While he may use that method for the hardened/stubborn, I really cling tight to the 'abba' imagery that Paul painted. I've come to realize, and I do believe the HS guides opinions if you ask, that God isn't the ruler who wants you to obey him or else. When I try to 'see' God so to speak, I see this: a little kid running to hug his Dad's leg when he get's home, a Father working on a pinewood derby car LONG after the kid fell asleep, a Father who gave his kid advice on how to avoid a bunch of stupid mistakes, and a Father who's greatest joy in the world is to hear the words "I love you" in return.
Having said that, I do feel that God warns us of the consequences will be for someone who has spent a lifetime choosing to separate themselves from that love. However, I think God would much rather show an unbeliever kindness first in the hopes that the unbeliever would see those outstretched arms, and want a hug.