The Goodness of God

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  • The goodness of God
    • Goodness is what God is = he is morally perfect
      • Goodness is what God approves of = he sets standards
      • Goodness is what God does = he can't do evil
        • Goodness is what God approves of = he sets standards
    • Euthyphro dilemma
      • Is and action 'good' because God commands it or does God command what is good?
    • Human beings are made in the image of God so have the fundamental capacity to know and practise goodness
    • Examples
      • MIRACLES = In Matthew 14: 13-21 God feeds 5,000 men with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish
      • INCARNATION = where God gives his first son who would take away our sins and give us eternal life
      • Answered  prayers and healings are also examples
    • God as lawgiver
      • In Exodus 20: 1-17 the 10 commandments are made in which reveals Gods ruling will and his goodness
        • The 10 commandments are a gift to live a good life
    • God as judge
      • God will review the lives of those who have lives on earth and some will be rewarded in heaven and others punished in hell
        • Adam and Eve were punished for disobeying God
      • God is judge but he is also the father = God will be your judge on your last day
      • "But it is God who judges; he brings one down; he exalts another" [Psalm 76:7]
    • "No-one is good except God alone" [Mark 10:18]
    • "The Lord is good" [Pslam 100:5]

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