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In Christianity, there are three main factions: Fundamentalists, Liberals and Conservatives. Each believes that the Bible is in some way the Word of God, however there are varying interpretations

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a) Describe how the Jewish scriptures understand the concept of God as creator (33) In Christianity, there are three main factions: Fundamentalists, Liberals and Conservatives. Each believes that the Bible is in some way the Word of God, however there are varying interpretations from group to group. Firstly, there is the Fundamentalist. To a Fundamentalist, the Bible is error-free and straight from God Himself - not the words of men. Despite some contradictions in the Bible, the Fundamentalist believes these can and must be explained - for example, in the story of the Resurrection of Christ, John's Gospel reports Mary Magdalene going to the tomb first, then Peter, and then Mary is the first to see Christ risen. Matthew, Mark and Luke on the other hand have a group of women going to the tomb first, and in Matthew the appearance of the risen Christ is primarily the women as they run back to tell Peter and the others. Fundamentalists would argue that John simple chose not to mention the other women - but knew they were there - as it is unimportant and does not affect the rest of his description. Likewise, if the Bible contradicts science, then science is wrong. The main argument is about evolution, as Fundamentalists completely disagree with the Theory of Evolution and instead believe that humans were created specially by God. ...read more.

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helping him to see the "light at the end of the tunnel", as it were, or indeed just a better side to life. They may also argue that God created the apes with the plan for them to develop into mankind, or that we were once a more primitive form of man, unlike today...The possibilities are endless for the Liberal. Other Liberals may see some stories as literal, though, as there is no fixed understanding of the Bible for all to adhere to, as with the Fundamentalists. All in all, most Christians fall between two groups - usually Liberals and Conservatives - where they will share different views on different aspects of the Bible. Generally, Christians will accept what seems good and reasonable and leave the rest unanswered, as it is better not to question the Bible because there is a possibility that once you star, you may not stop. b) How far do the Jewish scriptures support the view that God created humanity for a purpose? (17) There are two fundamentally contrasting ideas about God: One is that He is immanent - He is within the world in every aspect, every tiny molecule has His essence - and the second is that He is transcendent - He is above and beyond any human experience or perception. ...read more.

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earth ["cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;" 3:17], why women menstruate) which would satisfy those who asked the questions centuries ago. Of course, there is also the story of the Flood and Noah's Ark, which is an antithesis to the creation story, as God promises to preserve what He has created for all of time, despite its faults. In addition to this, there is the story of Job who loses his family, his house and all he held dear. Nevertheless, he perseveres through his belief in God and eventually is rewarded with regaining his losses. During his time of suffering, Job questions God's purposes and plans, to which God replies, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?" (Job 38:4). This implies that the creation of the earth was more than a mere whim. Principally, Isaiah expresses God's sovereignty over humanity and the ignorant worship of idols and pagan tradition: "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." (Isaiah 45:7). This sends a fairly clear message that God intended to do all that has been done, just as "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD" (Deu. 6:4) affirms God's power. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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