“I Am a Jealous God.”

Here is a very well considered and thought provoking post. I highly recommend it and you’ll not regret the ten minutes it takes.

For me, this sentence towards the end summed it up nicely:

“This tone-deafness illustrates how Christians’ moral sense has been dulled, not sharpened, by defending the God of the Bible.”

I think it accurately describes my own moral position while I was a Christian and explains why I now find myself being far less judgemental.

Path of the Beagle

You’re no doubt familiar with this portion of the Ten Commandments:

You shall not make for yourself an [idol] … for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:4-6)

When Moses had to make new tablets a few chapters later, having broken the first set in anger over the people’s worship of the golden calf, God camped even harder on the theme of jealousy:

Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14)

After the golden-calf incident, who can blame God for being peeved? As Dr. Paul Copan puts it in the book we have been considering…

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One thought on ““I Am a Jealous God.”

  1. Thanks for that link.

    It was the apparent immorality of God that started me on the road to questioning Christianity. It was the clear evidence that it was man who had created god. A true god should not have human failings.

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