God as Creator

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  • God as Creator
    • Creatio ex nihilo
      • Creates out of nothing
      • Both a creator and a craftsman out of pre-existent matter since:
        • "God said , Let…and so it was" Genesis
        • "Can you beat a vault of the skies?" Job 37:18
    • Qualities of God
      • Omnipresent
        • Linked with all knowing and all powerful. A being with the ability to be everywhere at once
      • Omnipotent
        • God's power is revealed to the biblical reader
          • "All things were were made by Him and without Him was not anything made" John 1:3
        • The Inconsistent Triad
          • To be all powerful means to have a ability prevent evil therefore not all-loving
          • To be all-loving means to not allow evil therefore not all-powerful
            • Response: God can do anything that doesn't contradict himself e.g cause himself to not exist
        • Descartes: God can do anything
          • Reason we can't comprehend this is the limitation of our minds
      • Omnibenevolent
        • The Inconsistent Triad
          • To be all powerful means to have a ability prevent evil therefore not all-loving
          • To be all-loving means to not allow evil therefore not all-powerful
            • Response: God can do anything that doesn't contradict himself e.g cause himself to not exist
      • Omniscient
        • The limitless knowledge of God in the Bible
          • "…and he sees everything under the Heavens" Job 28:14
    • Key ideas
      • God brought the universe into existence
      • He is reponsibe for the entire universe itself and all within it
      • He is responsible for it existing at every moment
    • God as Craftsman
      • "Where were you when I laid Earth's foundation?" Job 38:4
      • "The work of God's fingers"Psalm 8:3
    • God's Involvement
      • Very much involved unlike the Ancient Greek Demiurge and Prime Mover
    • God's in Control
      • Isaiah: speaks of God sitting above the Earth and having the power to  reduce princes to nothing.

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