Esoteric school teaches us that Pride, Lust, Envy (jealousy), Anger (wrath), Sloth (laziness), Gluttony and Greed are the seven cardinal sins. Sin by definition is an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. If jealousy and anger are one of the seven sins, and sin being against divinity, how then is the ‘Lord God’ in Bible’s Old Testament angry and jealous so many times? It is mentioned several times in the Tanach (old testament, or the Torah) about the lord god being wrathful and jealous and reacting out of it. Here are some examples.
(Exodus 20:4-5) “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above, or on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God”.
A jealous God?
(Leviticus 10:1-2)And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
For an error, god got so angry that he burned Aaron’s sons to death? And Aaron was not even supposed to mourn, else lord god’s wrath would come upon the whole community?
(Deuteronomy 9:19-20) Moses says, for I was afraid that the anger that the lord bore against you was so fierce that he would destroy you. But the lord listened to me that time. The lord was so angry with Aaron that he was ready to destroy him, but I interceded also on behalf of Aaron.
Lord god of the old testament seems to be short tempered and quick to anger.
The below example is even better.
In Exodus, after the people made calf out of gold and offered burnt offerings, lord god got angry and said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them.” Listening to this Moses ‘the mortal’ calms lord god ‘the almighty’ down, saying, (Exodus 32:12) “Why should the Egyptians say ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth?’ Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people.” And the lord god changed his mind.
This example portrays god as losing his wisdom in anger and Moses had to give advice and impart wisdom to the lord god himself. Moses had to remind god that by destroying his people out of anger, god would not only get a bad name amongst the egyptians, but he would also be breaking his promise he made with Abraham about protecting his people. What kind of god is this lord god who needed to heed the advice of a mortal man?
From the above examples it seems like the lord god of the old testament is more like the greek gods, who were quick to anger and loved to show off their powers.
This begs the following questions: How is the fountainhead of divinity committing cardinal sins like anger, jealousy and even homicide? Or, is it OK to commit cardinal sins under certain circumstances and its validity is based on the committers rank? How can a God who is holy, just, loving, gracious, merciful, and long-suffering possibly be jealous? Why is the disposition of this god not in alignment with the qualities of God the father, the creator-of-all-things, as described in the vedas, or taught to us by Jesus ‘the christ’, Buddha, Ramakrishna, Shridi Sai Baba, and many other great masters?
The bigger question that stares at our face is really this. Is the lord god, mentioned in the old testament really not God the father, the creator of all things, but a hyper advanced being from a super advanced civilization from another dimension, (beings)who had such advanced technology and powers that they seemed godly to ancient men?