Emotion in the Depiction of
The Biblical and Koranic
God, even though regarded as beyond representation, is often
portrayed as having human emotions. He is said to be jealous,
vindictive, wrathful or vengeful. He has his favorite or chosen
prophets and people, as well as his enemies whom he punishes with
natural disasters like plagues, floods and earthquakes.
with people and even interferes with human affairs and political
matters, functioning as a judge noting the good and evil of people,
giving them rewards and punishments of an often tyrannical order.
Such a God appears as a
person with some common, and not entirely noble human feelings. He
appears as a personification of anger and wrath, or as representing
the ego of certain people. Such a God appears to be the confusion of
the Divine with a particular mental or emotional formation, which is
material and transient. It is very convenient to put God on our side
and make those who think differently than us followers of the Devil,
but there is nothing particularly spiritual, sensitive or even
humane about it.