Why does the Bible say that God is a jealous God? After all, isn’t jealousy bad? James 3:16 says "For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice." And yet, God also identifies as jealous. He does not do so discretely or with embarrassment…He is quite emphatic: Deuteronomy 4:24 says, "For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God."
This is one of many Scriptures where God identifies as jealous. It may seem petty that a infinite cosmic being would be jealous of His creation. In fact, many skeptics and nonbelievers point to this attribute as their number one reason to not believe in the Bible. The seeming contradiction is that jealousy is sinful for us but okay for God. What are they missing when they form such a conclusion?
In this episode, we will consider the following questions:
(1) What is jealousy?
(2)How can jealousy be good or righteous?
(3) What is God wanting to communicate to us when He describes Himself as jealous?
(4) Is there a "negative" side to the jealousy of God?
(5) Does God’s jealousy help us?
Aubrey Ballard joins me today to discuss the New Testament's teaching on alcohol. The Bible commands about abstaining from alcohol are pure and simple. That doesn't mean that it is always easy to accept, but when we are willing to consider the Scriptures, the conclusion that we read is simple to understand.
A Bible chain for abstinence from alcohol that we're discussing today includes: 1 Peter 4:3-4; Luke 12:45-46; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:7; Acts 24:25; 1 Corinthians 9:25; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 Timothy 5:23.
What about Jesus changing water into wine? Check out this objection and others below:
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