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What Does A Jealous God Mean

The Bible says that God is a "jealous God". Does that mean that God is imperfect?

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God's "jealousy" is primarily restricted to a jealousy over the worship of idols that competes with His love to keep a worshipper from a dedicated relationship with Him. God does not envy an human being or anything that any human being possesses. God has no rivals.

In the original languages in which the Bible is written, Hebrew and Greek, the words translated as "jealousy" in English do not always have negative connotations. In fact, the Greek word often translated "jealous" is zelos, from which we get the English word "zealous," referring more to zeal and ardor rather than jealousy.
---Donna66 on 5/14/10


Now of course you can always disagree with someone of the same faith, claiming that they are misreading or misinterpereting 'scripture', OR claim they failed in discernment.
---atheist on 5/11/10

Is an individual quest. Like Urs. Almost correct above but, for one fact. If multiple witnesses/prophets throughout are pronouncing a thing. It is witnessed. The only argument is within the person.

Regardless of how you feel about me...you have noticed here....that whenever I post prophets statements...or Christ statements. No one reply's back. If they do it is to come against me personally. Pretty interesting. Works everytime....so far.
Denom doctrines go against prophets...but, they don't want to blog about it.
---Trav on 5/14/10


"Jealousy" pertaining to GOD means that He has the right to be the exclusive top priority and Number One of His people's lives. He also is jealous for HIS people in that they are protect, provided for and cared for. HE is also jealous for HIS Sovereignty as the ONE and Only True GOD and Creator of the Universe, and that NO ONE, another human being, nor angelic being, animal, thing, NOTHING has a right nor the intrinsic worthiness of taking His Place as the Number ONE Sovereign in all existence.
---Gordon on 5/14/10


kathr4453 is on a roll, today! A holy roll! :~) Amen and Go, get 'em kath.
---aka_joseph on 5/14/10


Jealousy is a sin when it is a desire for something that does not belong to you.

Worship, praise, honor, and adoration belong to God alone, for only He is worthy of it.

Example again: What if you invented something and someone else got the praise and acknowledgment belonging to you? Would you be upset? Is that sin? of coarse not!

God has a right to be jealous when worship, praise, honor, or adoration is given to idols or anyone or anything else that belong to God.

This is the exact jealousy Paul expresses in 2 Corinthians 11:2, "I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy..."
---kathr4453 on 5/14/10




I did not read everybody's response, but Eloy spoke well.

As far as ascribing the term being anthropomorphic (human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, esp. to a deity.) is to deny that the Scripture is Spirit breathed. It wasn't just a book written by men.

When I am explaining something difficult to my 7 year old and I put them in terms that he can relate to. Our God is not only fearful and jealous, he is compassionate and wise. If we cannot say the former, we cannot claim the latter, and the Bible would be two covers and no pages in between.
---aka_joseph on 5/12/10


Exo 20:1,5b And God spake all these words, saying...for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God,
Eze 39:25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name,
Zec 8:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
--Moses, David, Joshua, Ezekiel, Joel, Nahum, Zephaniah, Zechariah, and Paul all wrote about the jealousy of God, some directly from God's words.
Maybe all these prophets were misled.
Probably not.
---micha9344 on 5/12/10


No. It means that man is so limited in his knowledge of God that in an attempt to try to understand God, he writes about God in a book, and gives him human characteristics that aren't there.
---amand6348 on 5/12/10


God is jealous in the sense that he will not allow any other person or thing to replace himself in his exclusive role of being our personal Father and Almighty Lord God, for doing so is idolatry. Just as a husband or a wife is jealous in the sense that they too will not allow someone else to replace them in their personal role of exclusive spouse, for that is adultery.
---Eloy on 5/12/10


#2 //We should not be listening to, nor responding to athiest [sic]. The biggest mistake Eve made was talking back to the devil.//

Do you think that Jesus was bellying up to the bar when He was amongst the riff-raff? They probably were hounding Him a lot. What He could not suffer was thirty seconds with the Sadducee and Pharisees... People like you and me, "who have it all figured out."

If I were a betting man and actually had money, I would bet that atheist is not an atheist.

Atheist is just doing what he sees in us.
---aka_joseph on 5/11/10




Mark,

I certainly can grasp the idea, but your statement is incomplete. The christian doesn't have any questions that he has to answer. In fact the rigorously religious of any faith don't have any questions to answer.

All you have to do is chose to believe something, call it part of your religious belief, and you are forever protected from an incursion of reality. You can justify any action, look down upon anyone else, go to war and kill people, and do whatever you want and claim that 'god' and 'scripture' are on you side, and not of the others.

Now of course you can always disagree with someone of the same faith, claiming that they are misreading or misinterpereting 'scripture', OR claim they failed in discernment.
---atheist on 5/11/10


Mark,

I certainly can grasp the idea, but your statement is incomplete. The christian doesn't have any questions that he has to answer. In fact the rigorously religious of any faith don't have any questions to answer.

All you have to do is chose to believe something, call it part of your religious belief, and you are forever protected from an incursion of reality. You can justify any action, look down upon anyone else, go to war and kill people, and do whatever you want and claim that 'god' and 'scripture' are on you side, and not of the others.

Now of course you can always disagree with someone of the same faith, claiming that they are misreading or misinterpereting 'scripture', OR claim they failed in discernment.
---atheist on 5/11/10


Athiest, you said,
"Assuming that the first cause was god, doesn't really explain anything? You are still stuck with the question of what caused or created god. You still have the problem of infinite regress."
You think different then we do. The Christian does not have that question to answer. You do because you are using your logic. And your logic cannot grasp God's.
There was a time, if you could call it time, when God, in the unity of His nature, dwelled all alone. There was no heaven, no earth to engage His attention. No universe, no angels, there was nothing, no one but God. and that not for a day, a year, or an age, but "from everlasting" Can you grasp that? I don't think so.
---MarkV. on 5/11/10


//We should not be listening to, nor responding to athiest [sic]. The biggest mistake Eve made was talking back to the devil.//

Firstly, the big mistake that Eve made was entertaining the serpent. That showed her intentions.

Secondly, the bigger mistake that Eve made was telling the serpent something that God did not say. It revealed her heart.

Thirdly, the biggest mistake that Eve made was not telling the serpent what God said. It revealed her mind.
---aka_joseph on 5/11/10


Donna, I totally agree with U! That's exactly what He's doing. And until he realizes his need for the one & only Saviour & ask Him for forgiveness for his sins, there's nothing anyone can do for him. No matter how many confused comments he throws out. God-our Father & his creator, is the only one who can clear his confused mind. And we all know God sets captive men/women free everyday. Maybe it's not too late for atheist. Only He & God know the answer to that.
---Reba_3347 on 5/11/10


Would Jesus, day in and day out, try to reason the truth with the same person over and over again?
---Donna5535 on 5/11/10

I guess I am just more persistent, and ultimately hopeful than.

Maybe you will see the light of reason and stop cherry picking bible verse and claiming discernment to justify you personal agendas.
---atheist on 5/11/10


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It means God does not share the stage in his glory. Nothing shall be before him in our lives. Period. End of discussion.
---larry on 5/11/10


I really think athiest does this stuff to get attention. athiest is really a very lonely person who likes to antagonize people, especially Christians.

Who else does that? Didn't satan antagonize Eve in the garden, "Hath God really said?"

1) We should not be listening to, nor responding to athiest. The biggest mistake Eve made was talking back to the devil.

We have no fellowship with athiest since he only comes here to antagonize, "hath God really said?" "if your God, etc."

Would Jesus, day in and day out, try to reason the truth with the same person over and over again?
---Donna5535 on 5/11/10


atheist I'm curious, why r u here at a Christian Net? R u trying to change someone's mind about God( our Creator)? Or r u desiring information that could lead u to accept Him as ur Saviour? What is ur purpose? Please explain.
---Reba_3347 on 5/10/10


And, atheist, you still do not know what the origin was, what effect had no cause, what always was, eternal.
I will tell you it is God, just One.
---micha9344 on 5/10/10


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Mich,

Bertrand Russell once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever", said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"

That's infinite regression---turtles or god, it doesn't matter...
---atheist on 5/10/10


Yes, God is a very Jealous God over His own Children..those who are saved as was He over Israel:


Exodus 34:14
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

2 Corinthians 11:2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
---kathr4453 on 5/10/10


Now your just being silly.
Both evolution and creation says there was a predecessor to frogs, science knows where lightning comes from.
If you don't know what the first cause was, how can you say it wasn't God?
Most people believe in a first cause, that something had to exist that wasn't created, being eternal or always there.
It sounds to me like avoidance, but avoidance is still a choice just as atheism is.
---micha9344 on 5/10/10


What was the first effect that had no cause?


I have no idea.

But how is that your answer, god, is any answer at all. Why couldn't frogs be the first cause, or lightening, or the big bang, or the big crunch, or the big bang before the big crunch, or the the big crunch before the big bang before the crunch before the big bang before god created creation before the creator of god created god...

Its an infinite regress. It is logically an intractable problem. There is no answer. An yes, god is an answer, but so is frogs...

AND every and any answer you decide you believe. But there is no answer...
---atheist on 5/9/10


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atheist, My Father God tells us to have faith & trust Him for the things we r not informed on. Where He comes from is not for us to know for now. And frankly, not important to the ones who trust Him. Another thing He tells us & I personally take great pleasure in is...even those who choose to not believe on Him here on earth will one day bow on their knees before Him & admit He is Lord!!! Trust me when I tell u it'll be better for u to realize that now rather than later.
---Reba_3347 on 5/9/10


Jealous God >> is not pleased with any of HIS children who places any other spirit, person or material things at the same level with HIM. God/Jesus/Holy Spirit is the greatest, no other.
---Adetunji on 5/9/10


So, atheist, again, where do you draw the line?
What was the first effect that had no cause?
What do you believe exists eternally?
The question of who created God is also a hiding place for those that can't or don't want to answer what came first, what is was that was not created.
---micha9344 on 5/9/10


Miche,

Assuming that the first cause was god, doesn't really explain anything? You are still stuck with the question of what caused or created god. You still have the problem of infinite regress. What was before god? What happened in the the moment before the "first" moment? The idea of god only allows you to pretend to stop asking the question by pretending its answered...
---atheist on 5/9/10


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"Jealous God"
Almighty God created everything for His own glory. He demands all devotion from His creation. Any glory to man or anyone else is prohibited. That is not the reason we were created. Our obedience should always be towards God.
Jealous God does not mean He is imperfect, what it means is that He does not want anyone to give the glory to anyone else since all things come from Him who deserves all glory. Even the good things we do come from above.
Whoever wants to argue those points, is because they know not God. If they did, they would glory in the Lord.
---MarkV. on 5/8/10


lol, atheist, that was funny..
So, the question will be the same for our ancestors, in your view, until it comes to a point where there was something here that has no cause.
What do you beleive to be eternal, something or someone that had no creator, but started creating?
You may say something corporeal like 'matter'
or something incorporeal like 'energy'.
I believe the One and True Living God.
---micha9344 on 5/8/10


God is a perfect in everyway. He does not want us to put anything before Him. Singing!!! "Blessed be the Name"
Singing!!! "Bless the Lord"
---Kimbe7395 on 5/8/10


Absolutely not! It shows us that He's concerned for our well being. He loved us enough to breath His life into us. We rebelled.He sent us a Saviour to free us from the eternal death that rebellion brought on us. Then after we accept that grace & forgiveness we still take His love for granted & do things that offend Him & please His enemy, satan.(I refuse to cap. that name!) It hurts Him The same as it would u or me. He wants our love & fellowship. It's human jealousness that gets all complicated & selfish. God is nothing like that. His emotions, like everything else about Him,are pure, Holy & righteous. And His feelings for us are always for our best.
---Reba_3347 on 5/8/10


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Miche,

Have you not had that talk with your parents?

Although I don't think "creation" applies to that process...
---atheist on 5/8/10


Who created you atheist?
---micha9344 on 5/7/10


God being a jealous God does NOT make Him imperfect. All this means is that He wants ALL of us (mind, will, emotions, body, life, love, etc.), and us to be focused on Him, not on things or people. God being jealous proves that idolitry (making and worshiping other gods) is a sin.
---Leslie on 5/7/10


Candice,

How many other gods are there?
---atheist on 5/7/10


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Now, now atheist. In spite of your beliefs, I feel there is still hope for you.
---catherine on 5/7/10


No. it means he is our God & doesn't want other gods before him or idols. We were made in his image & are his children.We should give respect to him.
---candice on 5/7/10


"He did not create Himself." Catherine.

Who created him.
---atheist on 5/6/10


"The Bible says that God is a "jealous God". Does that mean that God is imperfect?" No.
What it does mean is that the Father is perfectly 'zealous' -"passionate, ardently active, & devoted"- when it comes to the life and life style of His chosen.
---josef on 5/7/10


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Jealousy is a natural defense mechanism for protecting someone you love from being wooed away by another, particularly when it threatens your close relationship. Of course God is jealous over us -- if we turn our faith to anyone or anything else, we are caught in a falsehood and a lie. I'm glad God jealously guards my relationship with Him.
---Elaine on 5/7/10


absolutely not,jealousy is a sin when we see someone with something ,some possession and we desire it,or covet it,or they have some skill,or talent we wish to have.God needs nothing from anyone,but our worship should be only for him because he is God,our creator,and when we are jealous,or worship idols these idols become what we worship in place of him which is sin.It is Gods right to demand our worship only of him being who he is.so we can sin when we are jealous,but God does not because our worship actually belongs to him alone,and is his right to possess alone.
---tom2 on 5/7/10


heres my point,when we are jealous it is sin,unless are rights have been trespassed against,say as a husband,or wife being jealous of attention given them by someone else,our worship is solely Gods ,so his jealousy of our worship is not imperfect because it is his right to solely possess it.
---tom2 on 5/7/10


The God that I serve is perfect. He did not create Himself. He is Creator. The answer to your question is "Put absolutely nothing, or no one before Him". Try to understand His ways. You will lose out.
---catherine on 5/6/10


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Serving a jealous God & being Perfect, He Is In Control. As a true born again Christian you belong to Him. He has chose you for His service. You canNot flirt with the things that does Not belong to God, Man-made relig-org's churches, worldly pleasures such as missing services when the doors are open, social alco-drinking, going to movies, missing Church to go to see & or participate in sports, club dancing & the such like. God Is strict, you canNot serve 2 masters. 1st.John 2 v's 15 - 16. Choose you today whom you will serve.
---Lawrence on 5/6/10


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