Christians should take care not to arouse God’s jealousy

 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. 22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he? (I Corinthians 10:21-22 NIV)

In the verses above the Apostle Paul continues his criticism of Christians who claim that they can regularly participate in pagan rituals, without it hurting their testimony and walk with God. Paul warns us that we cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too. When we drink the wine at the Lord’s supper, we are making the claim of communion with God. So what statement, then, are we making when we eat or drink in a pagan ritual? Are we not implying communion with the false gods that are being worshiped? Christians have to choose sides. There is only one true God, and He must be worshiped to the exclusion of all other deities. Christians must not partake in the rites of other religions. If we do so, we risk arousing the Lord’s jealousy. God is indeed a jealous God. Jesus purchased us with His own blood, and therefore He is rightly offended when we take part in non-Christian religious ceremonies. He does not need to share us with idols or demons. We need to treat God respectfully, and remember to have a healthy fear of Him. God is the Creator of the universe, and He is stronger than us, and may chasten us for disrespecting Him.

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One Response to Christians should take care not to arouse God’s jealousy

  1. Good point. We often don’t take this God we claim to serve seriously. It amazes me what loving kindness God shows to us again and again. He is indeed patient, but at some point his patience will run out. This post is a good reminder to keep our focus on Him.

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