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I gain understanding from your precepts, therefore I hate every wrong path (Ps :). Was the Buddha jealous of other faiths? Indeed, he was not. A man called Upali was a follower of the Jain religion. e Buddha explained the Dhamma to him after which he decided to become a Buddhist. e Buddha did not exult nor was he anxious to ‘win’ Upali. Rather, he advised him to think carefully before making such an important decision: Make a careful investigation first, Upali. ). e Buddha then encouraged Upali to keep offering donations to the Jain religion.

E emotion which is associated with God more than any other is jealousy. He even admits that he is jealous. For the Lord is a devouring fire, a jealous God (Deut :). Nothing makes God more jealous than when people worship other gods and he tells them that they must even kill our own children if they do this. If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, daughter, the wife of your bosom or the friend of your own soul, entices you secretly, saying, “Let us go and serve other gods” which neither you nor your fathers have known, some of the gods of the people that are around you whether near or far, from one end of the earth to the other, you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare  him, nor shall you conceal him, but you shall kill him.

Here, as with many other incidents, the Bible gives us several confused accounts. According to Matthew this is what happened: When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned”, he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood”. “What is that to us”, they replied. ”. So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. en he went away and hanged himself. e chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into treasury, since it is blood money”.

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