Essay On The Holy Bible The Nature Of God In The Genesis

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The Nature of God in the Genesis  

Genesis is the first book of the Bible.  It begins with the story of God’s creation of the universe.    The Lord is the Almighty Creator of the world, skies, heavens, seas, animals, man, and woman.  He governs the universe and develops relationships with man.  Throughout Genesis, God acknowledges the fact that human beings make mistakes, and accepts their imperfection.  Throughout Genesis, God changes from one who does not tolerate disobedience, to one who shows clemency.  Early on in Genesis, God punishes Adam and Eve for disobedience.  After making the mistake of flooding the world, the Lord realizes that even He is not perfect, and does not allow ...view middle of the document...

  In the beginning of Genesis, God expects humans to be subordinate to him, and refuses to tolerate defiance.  He sees no excuse for disobedience, and punishes Adam and Eve.  God expects everyone to be perfect and castigates for every mistake.

Fortunately, God alters his ideology over time.  After destroying the world with a flood in the story of Noah, God realizes He has made a mistake, and accepts that no one is flawless.  “I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.” (28).    God’s promise never to flood the world again has much meaning to it, and displays a change in God’s nature.  From a very early age, when one commits a wrong doing he promises never to do repeat the mistake again.  By making this oath, one acknowledges the fact that he is at fault.  Admitting to a wrongdoing by pledging never do the same again is simply human nature.  Since God is the creator of mankind, He is the one who originally sets the base for human nature.  Therefore, His actions can be decoded similarly to the actions of humans.  After destroying the world with a flood, God regrets it, and admits His wrong doing by vowing never to destroy the world again.  The flood incident allows God to realize that even a divine figure can make a bad decision, and to accept the fact that humans have flaws.  The Lord is not longer so strict with humans for disobedience, for He understands that sin is purely human nature.

Later on, it is clear that God has become more lenient towards sin, for He does not punish Jacob for deceiving his father.  Taking his mother’s advice, Jacob tricks his father, Isaac, into giving him his blessing.  This is obviously not a kind or generous act.  On the contrary, it is cruel and selfish.  Similarly to Adam, Jacob has given into the evil plot of a woman.   Although the Lord punishes Adam for his sin, He does not punish Jacob.  By this point, the Almighty Creator accepts the fact that everyone makes mistakes, and does not penalize Jacob for his sin.  God disregards Jacob’s wrongdoing, and...

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