Goodness of God

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  • Goodness of God
    • Statement about His nature or His actions
    • Evidence in the Bible
      • Creation stories - God's goodness is visible
        • Genesis 1:31 "God saw all that he has made, and indeed, it was very good"
      • Decalogue/10 Commandments (Exodus 20) - shows God's moral goodness
        • God intervenes in the world, commandments are a gift to people in Israel - a good life can be lead
        • Euthypgro Dilemna and Divine Command Theory
          • Difficult to understand that God can act as a divine commander - what if he commands immoral actions ?
      • The Incarnation
        • Redemption through Christ
      • God's righteous anger - the making of Idols, Amos the Prophet
      • Birth of Samuel (Old Testament) - Miracles
        • God answers prayer and is prepared to act in the world because of his goodness and his love
      • Psalm 23 - God is like a good shepherd
      • Hosea - jealous God - concerned when we are distracted by other things in life rather than knowing God
    • God is perfection / not lacking anything and cannot be understood in human terms
      • Augustine - something that is evil is a privation (lacking in something i.e. goodness)
    • Problems
      • Goodness is relative e.g. some of the incidents e.g. Joshua 8 (destructed city) may have been seen as right at one point but actually are not
      • Incarnation
      • Evil  exists in the world (natural and moral) - how can we believe in a good, omniscient God - innocent people suffering. Why didn't God created world in a different way?
        • But we've been given freewill and want to be free beings - we only have ourselves to blame for moral evil
      • God's actions in world - how can transcendent God be involved in a physical world in time, answering prayer etc.
        • Christians may say that God is omnipotent so can be transcedendent and eternal
        • Sometimes appear to be bad e.g. Job - his faith remains
        • "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction..." (Dawkins)
      • God is perfect, so cannot change (must be immutable)
        • God is changing however if he acts in the world
  • Genesis 1:31 "God saw all that he has made, and indeed, it was very good"
  • God is perfection / not lacking anything and cannot be understood in human terms
    • Augustine - something that is evil is a privation (lacking in something i.e. goodness)

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