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How do the 10 commandments reflect Gods goodness and his wishes for human behaviour? (33 marks)

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How do the 10 commandments reflect Gods goodness and his wishes for human behaviour? (33 marks) God gave the 10 commandments to the Jews as part of the second covenant or promise between God and man. The whole purpose of this was to prevent them from sinning and going against him again. God gave them these rules as a guide to living a moral and obedient life. The 10 commandments can be found in the book of Exodus, the second book of the Jewish scriptures. It is also part of the Old Testament in the Bible and therefore the 10 commandments are part of Christian teachings too. However, we have to ask, what exactly does God require of us? And how do the 10 commandments show to us that he is the ultimate good and the perfect loving example? Are the 10 commandments just a set of hard rules that God gave to man that he knew were very difficult to keep? Or were they simply made to ruin all our fun? If this is so then how can he be all loving and good if he wants us to fail or wants us not to enjoy the life He gave us? God wishes us to be good and obedient because he likes to be able to reward us so that we can live in a harmonious relationship with Him. ...read more.


He does not want to punish us, the total opposite in fact which is why he provided these absolute sets of laws so that it was obvious to us what we should and shouldn't do. By making the rules so clear and concise it was very evident to the Jews how they should behave and therefore made the rules easy for us to follow. This is an excellent example of Gods goodness because no matter how many times we let him down, he still gave humans another chance to put things right and he didn't make it a difficult task either because he wants us to succeed. God does not want to nor does he enjoy punishing us but he has to have a balance between mercy and justice. He was merciful to the Jews after they constantly disobeyed him; he saved and forgave them and he remade the covenant with them. He was also fair to the Pharaoh in that he gave him plenty of warning before he sent each plague and He gave him the opportunity after each one to let the Israelites go. 'God chooses life' so he does not want to kill and destroy something he created but in some situations he has no choice. Justice must be done but only to the correct degree according to the crime committed for example if any other God but him is worshipped then he will bring 'punishment on those and on their descendants to the fourth generation' (Exodus 20:5). ...read more.


The third commandment for example shows us how good God is because it is forbidden to use His 'name for evil purposes' because it is so holy. God is all and intrinsically good and therefore it is wrong to use his name together with anything that is evil. His goodness is also reflected in the fifth commandment to 'rest on the Sabbath' because it was the one day of rest God took after making the world and this therefore 'made it Holy'. In conclusion we can see that the last five commandments show us how we should be thankful for all we have got because God has provided everything we need. We should be satisfied and content with what we have because God has fulfilled all our needs, wants and desires. This is show more specifically in the last commandment to not 'desire another mans things'. The purpose of the 10 commandments is for us to have a good and stable relationship with him as close to how it was before Adam sinned, as possible. He wants us to succeed in this, which is why he makes it so explicitly clear so we can not say we did not understand. God is the ultimate good and what we are all aiming at because He is perfect, fair and objective. If He weren't then he would not be perfect and if he were not perfect then he would be just like us. ?? ?? ?? ?? File: 170.doc Printed by ckd 07/12/2001 10:06 ...read more.

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