Washington, Jan 05 (Agencies): Have you ever got angry at God for some tragedy or misfortune? Well, you are not alone, almost all humans vent their anger at the Almighty at some point in their lives, a new study has found.

The anger often stems from the common belief that God is responsible for all the bad experiences, according to the research.

But anger isn't an indication that someone is turning his or her back on God, said study researcher and Case Western Reserve University psychologist Julie Exline.

"People can be angry at God while still feeling love or respect toward God. In other words, the feelings are not mutually exclusive," Exline told LiveScience.

In order to examine the association between religion and anger, Exline and her colleagues analysed five earlier studies which were aimed at studying people's relationships with God in times of crisis.

Two studies asked undergraduate students to reflect on negative experiences in their lives and how those experiences made them feel about God. Another was a 1988 national survey that asked people if they had ever been angry at God.

The final two studies asked similar questions of both people who had recently lost a loved one and people with cancer. The participants spanned many religious traditions, but Christians predominated in all groups.

While the 1988 survey showed that 62 per cent of people were sometimes angry at God, women and people who were more highly educated and younger individuals all showed a slightly greater tendency toward God-directed anger.

White people were more likely than black people to report such religious anger, and Jews and Catholics were slightly more angry than Protestants.

Among college students, 87 per cent of believers reported feeling negative emotions about God after a personal setback or loss. Forty per cent of grieving people reported anger at God. In both groups, however, positive feelings about God outweighed negative emotions.

Even those who didn't believe in God were sometimes angry at the deity, said the researchers. College students and bereaved people who were atheist or agnostic reported more anger at God than religious people in the same demographics, found the study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.