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Explain how the Bible shows the goodness of God

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Explain how the Bible shows the goodness of God There are many examples of God's goodness throughout the bible. However there is sometimes confusion as to defining the terms good and goodness, as there can be different interpretations when people refer to the term good. People often refer to the term good Analogically, therefore defining God the same way they would a human. However Gods nature is very different to a humans as he is omnipotent, omni benevolent and omniscient. God can be depicted in terms of close, personal and family relationships as a loving parent or equivalent loved one. The Old testament makes it clear that God extremely interested in the world and its inhabitants and that he isn't remote from people and their needs. Numerous Old Testament stories tell of Gods discussion with people, even undergoing a change of mind as a result. God is always thought of in Christian thought to be perfect or wholly good. ...read more.

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Their sins lead to humans separation from God. God is also portrayed as good in the Parting or the Red Sea; Moses extended his hand and God drove back the sea. This act of God was seen as an act of goodness. Moses made the command and God parted the seas in order to allow the Israelites to leave Egypt and head into the wilderness, but leaving the Egyptians to be drowned by the sweeping waters. God is portrayed as good most in the book of Psalms. Psalm 23 "The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want...he leads me beside still water; He restores my soul...you anoint my head with oil...surely goodness and mercy will follow me." In this David likens our relationship as people to God, similar to a sheep's relationship to its Shepard and therefore saying that God has a good power over us. But that when he anoints David's head God is automatically passing his goodness into David. Psalm 103 shows God's goodness; "Bless the lord who forgives all your inequity, who heals all your diseases. ...read more.

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But these laws were meant to be a guide to good relationships. in these rules God tells the Israelites how they should live for their own good and wellbeing. These rules were never intended to a long list of do's and don'ts to make life a burden. These laws reflect Gods character; Holiness, justice and goodness and expressed God's will. They give people practical guidance in order to follow Gods command, "Be holy as I am." There are various instances of rules and regulations being set by God. In conclusion it would be a good God who would set rules and regulations for everyone to follow, it is a parallel situation to a parent setting rules for a child. It enables them to learn that not everything is left up to them to decide, and that there are certain laws that must be followed and that although a lot of decisions will be left up to them, some things in life are just a given. it would be unloving for a parent or God to let us roam completely free. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anna Reilly ...read more.

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