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Explain the judaeo-christian concept of God as lawgiver and judge

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A ) Explain the Judaeo-Christian concept of God as lawgiver and judge. [25] God loves and cares for his creation because of this he creates rules in order for his creation to live together harmoniously. Judaeo-Christians have many views about God as law giver and judge. Firstly God can be seen as Law giver in Exodus 20 when is God is said to have revealed the 10 commandments to Moses, but the Children of Israel have just been warned that if they approach him directly, he may break out against them and kill them. In this story it God is seen as omnipotent and the presence of Him is a mortal danger and threat. He gives direct commands to Moses and Moses obeyed God's orders despite personal danger and overwhelming odds. ...read more.

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This suggests that before the Fall God was much more accessible to humanity, to emphasise how distanced the people are about to become. Judgement follows and here there is a strong element of aetiology. In the Genesis God can be seen as Judge because After Adam and Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit, the record states: ?And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed ? and so on this in my opinion definitely shows God as Judge. Another reason why God is seen as law giver is when God says to Moses "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen." ...read more.

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So, right from the beginning of Israel's covenantal relationship with God, we can see a revelation of the gospel in the law. The law was never meant to be a means of salvation, even at Sinai; rather, it was to show the people their need of salvation. It was right after the giving of the law that they were given instructions to build the sanctuary, which revealed to them the plan of salvation. The law was to point people to the Cross, to their need of atonement and redemption. This in shaper of the universe, everything is answerable to God. He can therefore be seen as the primary enforcer of the moral code of the Judaeo-Christian ethical system; he is a moral law giver and is responsible for denouncing what is moral and what is not. ...read more.

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