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GOD OF CLASSICAL THEISM ­ GOD AS CREATOR AND GOD AS GOOD
DIFFERENT APPROACHES ON GOD
The New Testament is written in a Hellenistic context around Greek times, it brings Greek philosophy into a
Judaeo-Christian understanding of God.

This has led to many parallels between Plato's Form of the good…

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2. Omniscience
God is all-knowing, he is knowledgeable of everything . God has knowledge of everything that has
happened in the past, in the present and knows what will happen in the future, he knows people's
thoughts and motives, better than they do themselves, no one can hide their thoughts…

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Nothing existed before God. Everything in existence was created by God from nothing- deliberate action from
God that is good. God is the master of the world and its contents but remains outside of his creation - all parts of
creation have an intimate relationship with their creator. Creation of…

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Comparison of Genesis 1 and 2

SIMILARITIES DIFFERENCES ­ GENESIS 1 DIFFERENCES ­ GENESIS 2
God is seen as the creator of the
universe "God made the heavens Split into a 7 day period Has no time scale
and the Earth"
Anthropomorphic ­ God seen
God makes man last, after…

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Another approach is that humans caused all evil in the world. Entities with free will chose to go against God,
causing moral evil. This disrupted the natural order of the world causing an imbalance of the perfect order of the
natural world, causing natural evil.



The Beauty of Creation

The…

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IS GOD RESPONSIBLE?
Many argue that if you believe that God created the universe then, by consequence then he must be responsible
for everything that happens within it, including evil and suffering. In most cases when Judaeo-Christian believers
call God the 'creator' they mean he that he is responsible for…

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they can learn things in. Are people really saying that they want a world in which change and development do not
take place? If there was no change and developments there may be no deaths, but equally no births.

3. There are many explanations for why God may have created…

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Jews and Christians believe should respond to God's goodness by following his laws. (Exodus 20 ­ 10
commandments)
Giving laws was an act of love and concern for humanity because it provided them with the guidance on how to
better their lives and get to heaven.

Worship is not Gods…

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Everyone can be morally good, depending on their choices. God gives rules for humanity to follow, they are there
to take responsibility for the earth. He takes interest in people's lives.



Problems raised through God's goodness...

1. Over the centuries many Christians and non-Christians have questioned whether it is possible…

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