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Is God Less Than Perfect

The Bible tells us that God is "a jealous God" Does that mean He is less than "perfect"?

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No, that is not what scripture means. However,God's jealousy is similar to ours in the respect that it can draw anger, Which can bring about His wrath.. God is allowed because He is God. But remember, we are the sinners. God is a holy and just God. And God's jealousy towards people is because they are perhaps worshiping other gods. What is our reason for jealousy? We have none. God's creative beings, remeber, thank you Adam and Eve, are the sinners.
---catherine on 3/3/08


Certainly not: The word "jealous" brings to mind a human emotion, where it is better stated He is a God "exacting exclusive devotion"
---1st_cliff on 3/3/08


No it means God is MORE than PERFECT!
---Carla5754 on 5/15/07


Can God make something soo big that he cant move it himself???(without breaking it apart)
---mark_B. on 5/14/07


God speaks poetically in many areas of the bible, and is never concerned about being PC. Understanding that many statements are poetic...could transform your entire experience of the bible. Jealousy or possesiveness here, is poetic, explaining a deep love for you in few words.
---Okebaram on 5/15/07




The Savior said: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect. We are to perfect ourselves in all things. how do we do that, we have a perfect church attendance, we are perfect in studying the scriptures daily. we pray morning noon and night. We become perfect if we never swear, lie, cheat anyone, steal,commit adultery, never yell, get angry, repent etc. It is not hard to perfect ourselves if we truly love Jesus Christ ahead of the world.
---ashley on 5/14/07


God is flawless, otherwise there would be room for somebody better than Him.

God is perfect, end of discussion.
---Anthony on 5/14/07


Jealousy has two meanings. One meaning is "suspicious in love" and the other meaning is "Uneasy or fearful of preference given to another". God's jealousy is the second definition as He does not wish us to show preference to another. It is not an emotion of weakness but rather strength in knowing what's best for His children and warning us of the folly of following others. He loves us and wishes us to follow only Him. His jealousy as such is a sign of perfection.
---Mark on 5/10/07


If you read the 10 Commandments in Exodus 20 you will see the word in context. 'You shall have no other God before me, you shall not make unto yourself any graven image........for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.' This means that it is His intention, desire, will, that He is the ONLY one that we worship. It is not at all like the jealousy we mean when someone has something that we would like. That is referred to later, in the commandments, as COVETING which we could also translate as ENVY.
---Xanthi on 7/16/05


No, this doesn't make Him "less than perfect." God's jealousy, regardless which definition you work with, is righteous because He declares it based on His qualification as the ONLY one wothy of true devotion and worship. He is the only truly "unique" person or being, as there is absolutely no one else that compares with Him, He has no equal, not even a close second.
---tommy3007 on 7/16/05




God is love, and love is jealous, as a husband and wife will not permit their spouse be joined to another, so too God will not allow his people to be joined to idols. God is perfect, above reproach, and ultimately in complete control over all his creation.
---Eloy on 7/15/05


The Bible was translated into English so I always keep in mind that the translators were trying to find the best fit for each word. "Jealousy" here I believe means that He doesn't want us to serve or put anyone before Him. He wants us all to Himself. This is rightfully so because He is our creator. This type of jealousy is not the same kind we experience on earth. We should not want anything or anyone all to ourselves because everything belongs to God.
---Maha on 7/15/05


An other dictionary

Jealousy -
1. fearful or suspicious of being displaced by a rival in affection or favors.
2. vindictive toward another because of supposed or actual rivalry
3. vigilant in guarding; closely watchful; to be jealous of a privilege
4. resulting or arising from jealousy, jealous fears
5. demanding exclusive worship and love: a jealous God
6. zealous
---barbara67 on 7/15/05


Thank you Mark for making clear clear this question. Could a Christian question God's perfection?
---chuck on 7/15/05


Yes, God is perfect. God is the only example of true perfection there is or ever has been.
---Heather on 7/15/05


There are 2 sides to the jealousy coin.
The "good" kind is the normal, godly reaction a married person would have if he/she found out that his/her partner were having an affair. In this case J would be appropriate from love and singleness of devotion.
The "bad" kind is abnormal and would take place when a person is faithful yet is constantly mistrusted, because of distrust, fear and insecurity.
---Pierr7958 on 7/15/05


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God is not less than anything, or anyone. His thoughts, and ways are sooo! much higher than ours, God is a all righteous God, and has a righteous jealously. Only he is right, and good at all times, and it's only He that has our best interest at heart at all times. We will never be able to say that everyones ways and thoughts are good at all times therefore,God does't want us to put anyone or anything above Him,so being who He is, He has a right to be jealous.
---barbara on 7/15/05


The word jealousy has two definitions. One is "suspicious in love" and the second is "uneasy because of a preference given to others". God's jealousy is of the second kind and it is not an imperfection or weakness. God simply wants us to follow Him only and not to show preference for other false Gods. It is a sign that His love is perfect and he wants what is best for us.
---Mark on 7/15/05


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