a) Explain how the bible shows God as creator (25 marks)
The Judeo Christian God of the Bible possesses many qualities which give him his unique character and it is largely agreed among Christians that Moses wrote Genesis.
The Judeo Christian God is an all powerful God, that is to say he is Omnipotent. This by default makes him the most powerful being in the universe and according to the Bible nothing is above him. In Genesis chapter 1 God’s omnipotence is made clear, “And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.” This shows his power because he merely speaks and light is created; and chapter 4 assures us that “the light was good.”
The first creation story in Genesis chapter 1 makes God appear more powerful than the second creation story in Genesis chapter 2. In this chapter he is immanent and personal, “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” implies a more special and careful creation of man, which is a contrast to chapter 1 where he is transcendent, impersonal and gives a feeling of greater power, “And God said….” A transcendent God implies God is eternal and outside time whereas an immanent God implies he is everlasting and inside time.
Another quality of God is that he is all loving and he loves and cares for his creation, “God has poured out his love into our hearts,” this quote from Romans 5 suggests that God loves humans and is therefore omnibenevolent. Genesis chapter 2 also conjures a more loving representation of God, “God formed man of the dust of the ground.” This makes man’s creation seem more deliberate and that God is a loving…