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Describe how the Bible shows God as creator.

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Foundation Unit Describe how the Bible shows God as creator. There are two distinct accounts of creation in Genesis 1 and 2. The first account is characterised by repeated phrases and the act of creation takes place over a structured period of six days. Traditionally, creation is thought to be "creation ex nihilo", out of nothing. The second account is more narrative in style and God's creative activity is described anthropomorphically. It is linked directly with the events of the fall in Genesis 3 and it begins to address the argument why, if God created a perfect universe, there are imperfect things and situations in the world. However the Genesis story describes to us God's purpose as a creator or craftsman. Humanity is the goal of God's creative work. Whether created first or last humans are its climax or purpose. Humanity is distinguished from the rest of creation, being in the "image" and "likeness" of God and given life by the direct and personal action of God's spirit. ...read more.

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Discuss. Genesis describes to us God's omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence in the world. From this Christians believe that God is the creator of the world and to him the universe is responsible. If God is truly all powerful then this statement is true, only he knows what will happen to us and how we will react to it. However, this position is contradicted by a common argument known s the Problem of Evil. The Problem of Evil challenges those who uphold the notion of an all loving, all powerful God. The problem of Evil has several statements which make up the basis of the argument. Firstly if God is omnipotent, then he could do anything. This means he could create a world that is free form evil and suffering. Secondly if God is omniscient and knows everything in the universe, then he must know how to stop evil and suffering. And finally, if God is omnibenevolent then he would wish to end all evil and suffering. No all loving God would wish his creation to suffer for no reason. ...read more.

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If so then it is God, and not humanity, who is to blame. Also, the existence of hell as a place of eternal punishment seems a contradiction for an omnibenevolent God. If hell was part of the design of the universe, then did God know that the world would go wrong anyway, yet still allowed it to happen, making him ultimately responsible for all that happens in the universe. However, many people, particularly believers in the God of classical theism try to reconcile the Problem of Evil to God. This has taken the form of the free will defence. This world is the logically necessary environment for humans to develop in, as it provides freedom in the form of real choices that produce both good and evil. Without such choices we would be neither free, nor human. God cannot intervene because to do so would compromise human freedom and take away the need for humans to be responsible, thus preventing human development. Therefore it can be argued that as God gave up his ability to control humanities actions he is therefore acquitted from the responsibility of what happens to the universe. Kirsty Field 13C Foundation Unit ...read more.

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