Why Do You Believe in a God of Jealousy and Revenge?
Have you ever heard someone ask you “Why are you a Christian?” or “Why do you believe in a God of Jealousy and revenge?” The thing about these questions is that they have holes in them. Whenever the Bible talks about God being “Jealous” or “The God of Revenge,” it’s not talking about the evil kind. I have had a hard time understanding this for a while, and over about eight years of my life, my questions weren’t answered to my satisfaction. Until now.
The questions that I mentioned were brought up in my conversations with other people, as well as some nasty looks. I did some serious asking people the same question over and over again, until I found the answers. God is a “jealous” God, meaning He wants us to Himself. When you were little, did you ever see a toy and wanted it all to yourself, or maybe even a favorite baby sitter that you didn’t want to share with your siblings? That’s exactly how God feels about YOU. You are His favorite toy or baby sitter, but much, much more treasured. He wants you all to Himself, like a little kid who wants you to pay attention to them with every little thing they do.
God is like that little kid, because He wants you to notice everything in His creation that He gave to you. He’s also like that big tough body-builder guy who always has your back. When the Bible calls Him “The God of Revenge,” it’s definitely not the evil kind. Like a father stands up for His children, or a friend stands between you, and the snarling bullies pushing you around. God tells us that He has our backs and will always be there for us, and will put those that hurt you in their place. It hurts our Dad to see His kids get hurt, just like it hurts our earthly fathers to see us struggling. So, in a way, you could answer all of the questions thrown at you about your faith and God, by simply saying:
“I am sorry that you don’t approve, but my Dad approves, and that’s all that matters to me. He’s my best friend, and my body guard. He loves me, and I love him. So, I am a Christian because knowing Someone who loves me that much, who wouldn’t be one?”
My name is Emily-Rose Pappas. I am 14 years old and am homeschooled. I love drawing and reading and spending time with friends and family.
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