An Enemy Called Violence Essay Research Paper

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An Enemy Called Violence Essay, Research Paper An Enemy Called Violence Even though the Hebrews believe God to be loving, he is not found pleasant in all situations. God is helpful, rewarding, and caring in the Bible toward the people who have faith in him; and is also known to be devastating, and at times overwhelming to his opponents when God inflicts forces of violence. The force of violence plays a major roll in Genesis and Exodus. Three main events in Genesis/Exodus come to mind when discussing the privileges of God?s followers or the violence against God?s opponents. God regrets his creation of mankind and exercises force against the wicked and evil people by creating a flood to cover up his error. This error shows how God relates to humans by making mistakes. God,

however, finds Noah to be faithful and spares his life to reward him. Joseph also finds favor in God?s eyes and is kept safe through his hardship. The force is inflicted by Joseph?s brothers because they are jealous of Joseph and it would be beneficial for them if he was out of the way. God exercises force a second time in Exodus against the Pharaoh and Egypt, because God cares about his faithful people and wishes to free them from the Pharaoh. His intentions are also to show Egypt that he is real and is also extremely powerful. One of the first forces of violence in biblical history is when God decides to create a flood to destroy all of mankind to eliminate his error. It is believed that he creates the flood by releasing the window of the heavens. He decides that the people he

created are evil and wicked, which originated in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. The people are not faithful and do not have a relationship with God. He regrets that he created mankind, because they are the reason for corruption in his new world (Genesis 6:5). Noah and his family are the only humans that God wants to survive. God favors Noah because he has proved himself to be a ritous man and God feels that his faith should be rewarded (Genesis 6:9). God tells Noah to build a large ark for himself, his wife, his three sons, his son?s wives, and two of every animal (Genesis 6:18). The ark?s purpose is to keep them alive during the flood, while the rest of the animals and human beings are deliberately destroyed. God then seals the ark with his chosen survivors inside; and in

turn, releases the waters. The water falls violently for forty days and forty nights flooding the earth (Genesis 7:12). After the water slowly dries, God tells Noah to lead his other passengers off the ark to live on the earth again, to be successful, and to multiply (Genesis 8:16). Out of appreciation, Noah builds an alter for God and presents the clean animals as burnt offerings (Genesis 8:20). God is pleased with Noah once again and accepts the offering. A covenant is then made privately by God promising to never destroy every living creature in the world again, in return he wants assurance that the world will have endurance. (Genesis 8:20). ? As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease?(Genesis 8:22).

Finally, he seals his covenant with a rainbow. Noah?s faith in God leads to the survival of Noah and his family. Those who disappoint God with their wickedness and their evil are destroyed. Another force of violence found in Genesis is also inflicted many times upon the life of Joseph. Joseph is his father?s favorite son, which creates hate and jealousy toward Joseph from his own brothers and they are the source of his violent life. God speaks to Joseph through dreams. He first dreams of his brothers? sheaves bowing down to his sheaf. In his second dream, the moon , the sun, and the stars bow down to him (Genesis 37:7). Joseph tells his brothers his dreams, and his confession offends them and increases their anger against him. They believe that he is bragging, and that their