Monday, August 19, 2019
Malevolance Of God :: essays research papers
For as long as I can remember, God is said to be a benevolent deity who oversees all the happenings of the world and mercifully forgives all of mankind for their sins. Most Christians, if asked, will say that Ã¢â¬Å"God is goodÃ¢â¬ and more so, he is forgiving. The Puritan notions of hellfire and brimstone, and that God is vengeful have been replaced by sincere benevolence. This new age Christian idealism has its helpfulness in todayÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Å"misguidedÃ¢â¬ society, but ultimately, as presented thus far in the Bible, is wrong. GodÃ¢â¬â¢s image in the first five books of the Bible paints a picture of domination and malevolence. Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã As early on as the book of Genesis, God, in almost ever single story, kills and utterly destroys any person or civilization that does not believe in him. The story of NoahÃ¢â¬â¢s Flood is a prime example. In NoahÃ¢â¬Ës Flood story, GodÃ¢â¬â¢s feeling towards his people are first examined: Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã And the LORD was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth...So the LORD said, Ã¢â¬ËI will Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã bolt out form the Earth the human beings I have created...for I am sorry that I have made them... Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã I have determined to make an end of all flesh...I am going to destroy them along with the earth.Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã (Gen. 6.6-12) The Antediluvians were to God wicked and innately evil, his divine creations were flawed. Although, to God, humanity has been flawed since Eve doomed all humanity by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã In Exodus there are still several examples of how malevolent God is portrayed. God acts through Moses to bring about the plagues against Egypt. Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Go to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart...in order that I may show these sign of mine among Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã them...I have made fools of the Egyptians...so that you may know that I am the LORD. Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã (Ex. 10.1-2) To God, in order for the Israelites to truly believe in him, he must show off his powers to nations different to his own. After every plague though, the Pharaoh might have just given up and let the Israelites leave Egypt, but God hardened his heart each and every time to make an example out of him. As a result of God hardening the PharaohÃ¢â¬â¢s heart, thousands upon thousands of innocent Egyptians had to die due to the plagues brought against Egypt. Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Further more in Exodus, God says: Ã¢â¬Å"but you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves, for you shall not worship any other God, for the LORD whose name is jealous, is a jealous GodÃ¢â¬ (Ex 34.