Biblical ideas about the goodness of God

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George O'Keefe Biblical Ideas of God
Explain biblical ideas about the goodness of God.
The Bible presents God as a morally perfect being, everything that he is, could be or ever will
be, will be morally perfect like him. The Bible presents God as benevolent, an all loving figure.
It displays this in a number of ways throughout the Bible, the first and possible the most
important way is in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. The creation account is possible the
most important book in both Judaism and Christianity because it provides the evidence of
how the earth was created and came into existence and gives prove of God's omnipotence
that is unquestionable to both religions. Genesis states that everything that God creates is
"Very Good". When God created the world in the Genesis creation account he commanded
various things. "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light, and God saw the light,
that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness ". (Genesis 1:34). The authors
of the bible when praising God do so because he provides reason for it. The creation of
animals, plants and waters are all necessary for the sustainment of life, and religion, "Be
fruitful and multiply fill the earth and subdue it have dominion over the fish of the sea, over
the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth and God said, "See, I
have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree
whose fruit yields seed to you it shall be for food." (Genesis 1:2829). Some Christians
believe that there is still goodness like God's around us today in the form of stewardship. We
look after our world to improve it so we can pass it on to the next generation.
God's idea of good is not the same as Plato's form of the good. Plato's form of the good
exists in the realm not on earth thus it is an idea or concept and is not personal. Plato's form
of the good doesn't take an interest is situations or in life it just simply exists, whereas God's
idea of good focuses on moral behaviour. It is concerned that humanity should be making the
right choices to life by and always aims to be good. Plato's form of the good is perfect, but
because it doesn't physically exist what ever goodness is on earth is only of copy of the ideal
thus making it imperfect when it is practiced. So whatever you think you are doing is good, it
is not. However God believes that everyone can be morally good thus living their lives
accordingly. As soon as God creates humans he gives them rules of follow, they are to take
responsibility for the earth he has created and not take from the tree of knowledge. This
shows that he cares not for worship being their main duty, but he takes an interest in their
God in the bible gives people the freedom to make their own moral decisions but he clearly
sets out what is right and what is wrong. However he doesn't force them into obeying those
rules, he is loving and lets them choose for themselves, this is an act of love. He knows that
because he has made man in his image (Genesis 1:27) they are like God and they know
what is expected of them. Even thought they haven't been socialised they still know what is
morally right. Plato would agree with this statement because he believes we all have
knowledge of ideal forms from birth. This a priori knowledge is their as Plato thought we have
immortal souls and we have knowledge of morality from our previous life. Rules are given
throughout the bible, when God chooses the Jews are his chosen people they are given rules
to follow, not all of them about worshipping God but about how people treat each other. God
is interested in the lives of everyone he has mapped out everyone's live whilst he knit every
single person together in the womb (Psalm 139:1316). This shows God has a special and

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caring relationship with everyone and he wants everyone be morally perfect. He gives us help
on how to be so, the Decalogue Exodus 20:12 tells us to honour thy father and thy mother.
The profit Amos warns that God will punish those who exploit the weak or the poor. "They
trample on the heads of the poor as upon the dust of the ground and deny justice to the
oppressed" (Amos 2:7).…read more

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God creates is good, therefore it suggests that God sets the standard of what is good and
what is bad. Many theologians have thought about the problem of the Euthyphro dilemma and
they've tried to add a response that would come in favour of God. St Thomas Aquinas argued
that it is not a problem for religion because both parts can be accepted without one side
winning that could harm the image of God.…read more

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