Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Oprah Jealous God | Bill Maher

Bill Maher and Oprah have a common problem. They are both hung up on the Bible verses that say, "God is a jealous God."

The problem is due to the way the negative connotation of the word "jealous" is predominate in our society today. However, there is a positive and a negative side to the word. Both sides are noted in scripture.

In Gal 5:20 jealousy is listed as an act of a sinful nature.

In 2 Cor 11:2 Paul refers to a jealousy for others, indicating a relationship that he is zealous to keep.

So the word "jealous" actually means an exclusive single-mindedness of emotion which may be morally blameworthy or praiseworthy.

The good or the bad connotation is dependent upon whether the object of the jealousy is the self or a cause beyond the self.

If the object is the self then envy is the rusult.

If the object is a cause beyond the self then the result is a single-minded persuit of a good end.

An example would be the marriage covenant, where a jealousy for the exclusiveness of the relationship is a necessary condition of its permanence.

Howie53's response on YouTube says it way better than I.

Howie53 Gets It Right