The Judeo-Christian concept of God

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A detailed description with quotes of the Judeo-Christian concept of God

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The Judeo-Christian concept of God
  1. Genesis 1
    1. Shows God making the world in seven days
      1. Day 1
        1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
          1. Light + Dark, Day + Night
            1. Earth was formless - link to craftsmen
          2. Day 2
            1. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
              1. Sky and Water
            2. Day 3
              1. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
                1. Seas and Land
                  1. Vegetation
              2. Day 4
                1. And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
                  1. Sun and the Moon
                    1. Stars
                  2. Day 5
                    1. And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
                      1. Animals
                        1. Be fruitful - multiply
                      2. Day 6
                        1. And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
                          1. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
                            1. Man and Woman
                              1. "Subdue the earth" control it/own it
                              2. "Livestock" For human use
                                1. Humans in God's image
                                  1. Humans rule over animals - our possessions
                                2. Day 7
                                  1. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
                                  2. Creatio ex Nihilo
                                    1. Omnipotent
                                  3. Genesis 2-3. The fall of man
                                    1. Adam and Eve were given the garden of Eden in which they can do anything. However God placed one rule upon them, they must not eat from the tree of knowledge.
                                      1. “You may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, except the tree that gives knowledge of good and bad. You must not eat the fruit of that tree. If you do, you will die the same day.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
                                        1. “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
                                          1. When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:6-7)
                                            1. The Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” (Genesis 3:14-17)
                                              1. To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken for dust you are and to dust you will return. (Genesis 3:17-20)
                                        2. The Serpent is one of God's animals, while not demonic it is wise and arrogant. The Serpent is what began the fall by distorting God's words
                                          1. The Serpent tricked the woman into taking a piece of fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and bad and eating it. Eve then gave some of the fruit to Adam, who also ate the fruit. Upon eating the fruit they both learned good and bad and felt shame that they were naked so they made clothes.
                                            1. When Adam and Eve next heard God in the garden they hid, when God asked them why they hid Adam responded by saying they were afraid because they were naked. Then God knew that they had taken fruit from the tree of knowledge and he punished them for betraying him. The Serpent would be forced to crawl on its belly for the rest of eternity, Eve (women) would have to feel pain during child birth, and Adam (man) would have to work for a living and food.
                                      2. The Goodness of God
                                        1. The God in the bible is seen as the standard of morality, meaning goodness is defined by God. Thus he is morally perfect. "The law of the Lord is perfect." (2 Samuel 22:31)
                                          1. God is also seen as the law-giver. He gave Moses the 10 commandments (Exodus 20) which he said people must obey.
                                            1. God is seen as a benevolent dictator. Although fond of his children he swiftly turns to anger when disobeyed
                                              1. God is also seen as someone who interacts with the world on a personal level in the form of miracles. God is dynamic.
                                              2. Key characteristics
                                                1. Omnipotent (all powerful)
                                                  1. "I am God Almighty" Genesis 17:1-2
                                                  2. Omniscient (all knowing)
                                                    1. "for the LORD is a God of knowledge" Samuel 2:3
                                                    2. Omnibenevolent (all loving)
                                                      1. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
                                                      2. Omnipresent (all present, everywhere at all times)
                                                        1. "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good." Proverbs 15:3
                                                        2. Creator/craftsman
                                                          1. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
                                                          2. Judge
                                                            1. “The Lord will judge his people.” Hebrews 10:13
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