How Can They Say "Jealousy Is Demonic" when God IS "Jealous"?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
September 22, 2012 6:39pm CST
Today, we read from the book of James that jealousy (and other dark emotions I forget) is "demonic." What? I hope I'm taking this way out of context, but our God is a Jealous God (the Bible calls Him "our God, whose name is Jealous"). Sure, the 'Jealous God' comes from the Old Testament with James being in the New-; but that just means the Bible-publishers had extra time to edit 'Jealous' out of the Bible. Or is this proof that the Old Testament god is not God but is rather Satan-or-etc. trying to be God (as the New Testament even says he is "the god of this world"). I feel like standing up at the group-meeting and telling everybody what God would say about this: 'Hi, I'm Jealous,' (and before the former-'Alcoholics Anonymous' group replies "Hi Jealous" ) 'But you all have been calling me "God" for the longest time ...' Or as myself, 'Hi, God told me to be jealous. And I don't want "what is yours," I want "what is mine, like you have what is yours." Now, who is helping me get what's mine; anybody?' So what do you think of our Jealous-but-'self-denying' God?
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
14 Oct 12
The difference between the Old- & the New-Testament Gods is the difference between a father who lives with you and a father who lives far away. To my recollection, God makes no appearances in the New Testament except as a human (in Jesus) & maybe as a voice (to Saul-who-became-Paul & co. on the road to Damascus ... and then again in dreams/visions on the isle of Patmos). In the Old Testament, he wasn't much closer---being 'smoke on the mountain' (that would be a good name for a musical-composition) to all the ancient Israelites except for Moses, then only a voice speaking to prophets ... although it's said he DID walk around in the garden before he found out about the disobedience.