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Explain what is meant in the Bible by the phrase God is good.

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Explain what is meant in the Bible by the phrase ?God is good.? (25 marks) There are two main ideas which have emerged within the Bible regarding the goodness of God. The first of these is that god is good; the second is the idea that God?s actions are good. In the New Testaments we can find clear examples of Gods goodness through his interaction with the world and him being the ?Ex Nihilo? Creator of the world. Gods goodness can also be seen through his actions for the benefit of the people, for example healing in the Gospels or the support of his followers in battle for example at Jericho and freeing the slaves from Egypt,? I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. According to the bible, God created the Universe ?Ex Nihilo?. The fact that God created the Universe demonstrates his benevolence because without the Universe, there would be nothing to sustain life and in the Bible it is stated numerous times that life is sacred and good. ...read more.

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Again the idea emerges that Gods activity within the world is to be seen as good. The goodness of Gods actions is not a matter of human judgement; this is clearly seen in the story of Abraham?s attempt to sacrifice his only son Isaac at the command of God. In this story it is evident that God is challenging Abraham to do something which to most humans would seem to be immoral and so many would question Gods goodness. However this story also raises the idea that God is the lord and master of all, who is beyond human comprehension and so it is our duty to respond to and obey the commands of God even if we believe the outcome to be immoral. In this story we learn that God is testing Abraham?s responses to Gods commands even if the action involves surrendering your will and wishes to God. The story of Abraham reinforces the idea that Gods goodness is not for human judgement as it is a humans duty to follow Gods commands and trust in his goodness and wisdom even if it is beyond our understanding. ...read more.

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(10 marks) It can become difficult to believe in a God that is perfectly good, for example God mentions a man named Job and states the fact that Job will be eternally faithful to God. Job has a great family he is wealthy of money and land and has good health. Satan says that Job is only faithful because of these blessings. So, to prove a point, one by one God removes the joys in Job's life and he is still faithful, but why would God ruin someone?s life to prove a point to the devil if he was perfectly good? There is also the factor of evil. How can a God who is said to be omnipotent and omnibenevolent create an imperfect universe and allow things such as suffering and natural disasters to occur in the world, by their being evil in the world it disproves the point that God is ?perfectly good? as he is willingly causing distress to mankind despite Him quoting that ?all life is sacred?. However, many religious people would find it difficult to love and worship a God who did not have their best interests at heart. Although Augustine would state that evil was not created by God, but evil is simply created by not living up to the expectations you should. ...read more.

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