Reciting Question ( 4 ):
" The Bible says God gets jealous, but how is that not petty of him ? "
A Summary of the Answer, as Provided by Miller:
~ Human beings have their own jealousy also.
~ When a husband cheats on his wife by having an affair with another woman, she gets jealous, if she really loves her husband. And by the same token, when a wife cheats on her husband, he gets jealous, if he truly loves his wife.
~ In such cases ( of adultery, Miller says: " jealousy is what we expect to see in anyone who loves another and who is hurt by a lover's unfaithfulness."
~ To provide justifications to the question he has raised, Miller has made the following quotes, as they are written in the Old Testament of the Bible:
" I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God " ( Exodus 20:5 NLT ) "
" Obey the Lord your God, and faithfully follow all his commands that I am giving you today. If you do, the Lord your God will place high above all the other nations in the world" (Deuteronomy 28:1)
~ It seems to the writer of this blog, because of such quotes from the Old Testament of the Bible, Miller has concluded that " In a way, God married Israel."
He further goes on to say that " Jews cheated on God. " And he provide the following comments to prove his points:
" Several prophets compared the busted relationship ( with God ) to adultery. Hosea ( a Hebrew prophet ) went so far as to marry a prostitute who, it seems, would have children by other men. Hosea married her to" illustrate how Israel had acted like a prostitute by turning against the Lord and worshiping other gods " ( Hosea 1:2 NLT ).
~ Miller has finally made the following comments about Christians and Jews:
" When people worship fake gods-especially with rituals that hurt themselves and others-Jews and Christians say jealous God makes a perfect sense."
Please notice the difference between the two words, " gods " and " God " as they are written in the last quote. The former refers to the gods that are worshipped by Pagans, while the latter refers to the God in which Jews, Christians and Muslims believed.