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Describe how the Jewish Scriptures understand the goodness of God.

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Describe how the Jewish Scriptures understand the goodness of God Many Christians believe that God is the alpha and omega, the most benevolent and omnipotent force in the universe, but does all this make him good? In Exodus 20 God sets out guidelines for all mankind to live by. This shows concern; desire for fairness and justice and a want for people to treat other according to his will, thus comparing him to a parent watching out for their children. God brought out his people in Egypt acting as a saviour to his enslaved people proving that he can be merciful and humane. God also enabled Moses to part the Red Sea in order for the people to escape, putting his trust in Moses allowing him to perform a miracle. ...read more.

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Many people have the common view that God is loving, kind and benevolent and does not have any negative qualities. This may not be the case. We know that God is omnipotent and has immeasurable power so it is possible that he could use it against the common good and possess a threat to mankind. In Exodus God set out the guidelines by which all men should follow, yet in the same chapter as the ten commandments he contradicts himself by saying 'I, the Lord am a jealous God' .God tells us not to covet. If we were to covet a neighbour's property it would be seen as jealousy. ...read more.

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On the whole there are many implications suggesting that God has both bad and good qualities. He cannot be described as perfect or infallible as he is changing and his manifestation appears different to many different people, Christians, Jews and many others. The Old Testament does differ in its interpretation of the goodness of God but the underlying message is the same. If one was to consider God's goodness in the form of Jesus on Earth, similarities will start to occur in that Jesus defied the standard practices of the time and did many unconventional things, such as healing on the Sabbath, all in the interests of serving God and living by the ten commandments. Much in the same way as God contradicting himself for our own well-being. Martyn Clay ...read more.

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