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THE GOODNESS OF GOD

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The Goodness of God Name: Jousianne Propp Judaeo-Christian concepts of God Subject: Theology & Ethics 1) Explain how the Bible shows the goodness of God In the Old Testament the goodness of God is mainly presented in the second book of the Pentateuch (Torah), the Exodus. After the Hebrew�s flight from Egypt, God presents Moses and his people with the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20), in which he provides a perfect standard of morality as a foundation of life: The ethical Decalogue. Laws, concerning both religious and social duties and stipulating people�s ideal attitude and behaviour towards God and each other. This symbolizes the covenant relationship God seeks with his creation. In the Bible goodness is defined through God and he cannot act in any other way, therefore God is morally perfect and to be seen as 'summum bonum', the highest form of goodness. This presents a significant difference to the God�s of early western philosophy, e.g. Plato�s 'Form of the Good' or Aristotle�s 'Unmoved Mover', who were separated and uninvolved, static and dispassionate. ...read more.

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He rewards and punishes people according to their extent of obedience or response and through this impersonates the idea of perfect justice as a benevolent dictator. His involvement and the communicative, dynamic interaction with his creation make him accessible to the individual on a personal level. On the other hand, he is also portrayed as a jealous God (as shown in the first four commandments, e.g. "Thou shall have no other gods beside me"). A further example of his goodness is given in the six-day-creation account in the first book of the Torah (Genesis). "God saw that it was good", this states that his entire creation consists of his goodness, for he created the universe 'ex nihilo' (out of nothing). With the sacrifice and crucifixion of God's son Jesus the New Testament also provides a symbol for the active, involving and selfless goodness of the Judaeo-Christian God. 2) "A good God would not make so many rules and regulations" Discuss Many people see rules and regulations in a negative way; they relate them to restrictions and boundaries that oppress their free ...read more.

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That these rules sometimes interfere with individual desire or opinion is inevitable. The French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau rightly observed that "personal freedom is confined by the personal freedom of others". So hypothetically freedom doesn't exist. But being thoughtful of the feelings and rights of others should not be seen as a constraint of personal freedom, but as a foundation for successful and happy lives. Many religious people believe that the Ten Commandments are a sign of God's good will and his love for his creation. If everyone would obey to these commandments we would live in a world without war and envy, cruelty and destruction. If God was inconsiderate of the wellbeing of humans then he would not have bothered setting down these rules of morality for us. But by doing so he shows his interest in human beings and gives a sign of the goodness he wants us to achieve. He created mankind in his own image and gives us a chance to pursue a path leading as close to this image as we can get. ...read more.

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