Thursday, January 17, 2013

God: Is He Jealous for His Honour?.

Before answering this, we have to clarify, what is God that actually means here. God, as defined by Prophet Isa-

"God is a good without which there is naught good; God is a being without which there is naught that is; God is a life without which there is naught that liveth; so great that he filleth all and is everywhere. He alone hath no equal. He hath had no beginning, nor will he ever have an end, but to everything hath he given a beginning, and to everything shall he give an end. He hath no father nor mother; he hath no sons. nor brethren. nor companions.

And because God hath no body, therefore he eateth not, sleepeth not, dieth not, walketh not, moveth not, but abideth eternally without human similitude, for that he is incorporeal, uncompounded, immaterial, of the most simple substance. 
He is so good that he loveth goodness only; he is so just that when he punisheth or pardoneth it cannot be gainsaid.

In short, here on earth no one canst see him nor know him perfectly; but in his kingdom the righteous one shalt see him for ever: wherein consisteth all our happiness and glory.'"  

Now for answering the Question we have to say, "Yes, it's true that God is jealous for His honour. 

When a youth loves a lady, and she does not love him, but another, he is moved to indignation and slays his rival. Even so, does God: for, when Israel has loved anything such that he forgets God, God has brought such a thing to nothing.

Now what thing is more dear to God here on earth than the priesthood and the holy Temple? Nevertheless, in the time of Jeremiah the prophet, when the people had forgotten God, and boasted only of the Temple, for that there was none like it in all the world, God raised up his wrath by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and with an army caused him to take the holy city and burn it with the sacred Temple, such that the sacred things which the prophets of God trembled to touch were trodden under foot by infidels full of wickedness.

Abraham loved his son Ishmael a little more than was right, so in order to kill that evil love out of the heart of Abraham, God commanded that he should slay his son: which he would have done had the knife cut.

David loved Absalom vehemently, and therefore God brought it to pass that the son rebelled against his father and was suspended by his hair and slain by Joab. O fearful judgement of God, that Absalom loved his hair above all things, and this was turned into a rope to hang him!

Innocent Job came near to loving his seven sons and three daughters [too much], when God gave him into the hand of Satan, who not only deprived him of his sons and his riches in one day, but also struck him with grievous sickness, such that worms came out of his flesh for the next seven years.

Jacob loved Joseph more than his other sons, so God caused him to be sold, and caused Jacob to be deceived by these same sons, such that he believed that the beasts had devoured his son, and so lived in mourning for ten years."

"As God lives", Isa said, "I fear that God will be angered against me. Therefore all of you, said Jesus: must go through Judea and Israel, preaching the truth to the twelve tribes, that they may be undeceived."

Therefore, he said, "Let us make prayer and fast for three days, and from henceforth every evening when the first star shall appear, when prayer is made to God, let us make prayer three times, asking him for mercy three times: because the sin of Israel is three times more grievous than other sins." 

Not yet Verified.

Gospel of Barnabas,
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