The Concept of God as Creator

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BIBLICAL WRITERS
In the bible, the belief that the world was created by God is assumed. Biblical writers record how they understand the creation to have come about and the relationship between God and humanity, which has developed as a result of his creation.

QUALITIES OF GOD
According to traditional theism, God stands apart from the universe and is transcendental – beyond the realms of time and space.

The divine attributes include the following concepts:
1. Omnipotence – God is all-powerful, capable of anything
2. Omniscience – God is all-knowing, he is knowledgeable of everything
3. Omnipresence – God is everywhere, he is present in all situations at all times
4. Omni benevolence – God is all-loving, he shares his infinite love with creation

CREATIO EX NIHILNO
It is not made clear whether God was the shaper of a chaos of pre-existing matter, a formless void, or whether God created everything out of nothing, ex nihilno. The Jewish and Christian doctrine of thought usually takes the view that God was both creator and shaper.

SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Some scientists say that matter could not have been brought into existence when there was no matter before.

Aristotle – “nothing can come from nothing”

St. Augustine of Hippo suggested that time is an intrinsic part of the created world and the descriptions “in the beginning” and “creation out of nothing” do not refer to a particular moment.

BABYLONIAN CREATION MYTHS
Genesis is similar to Babylonian creation myths in which there were dark swirling waters before the beginning of the world. The writers of Genesis must have believed that their story was either an historic accurate account of creation, or imagery borrowed from myths to express the fundamentally inexpressible.

A WORLD CREATED FOR HUMANITY
In the first creation story, God set everything in place before creating people. In the second…

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