The Bible Essay Research Paper God tiptoes

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The Bible Essay, Research Paper God tiptoes and dances upon a thread as thin as fishing line, flirting with being judged in two extreme manners. On one side you have him being a cruel and malicious deity that inflicts punishments onto unsuspecting and undeserving victims. The other side he could be looked upon as a humane and fair lord, who punishes only the deserving. Critics have read, reread, studied, and analyzed the Old Testament until they were blue in the face. Many have come up with the fact that God acts in contradictory ways. He will rein terror against those who have disobeyed him in parts of Genesis, Ezekiel, Exodus and Job; nevertheless, he will display the forgiving and benevolent side in the same books of the Old Testament. Lord Acton once said, “Power

corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” God had absolute power over everything in the universe. Some critics say that he did abuse his power and step over the line to an unjust and inhumane Lord. God did sometimes punish those who did not deserve it, acting callously toward his own people in parts of the Old Testament. In the Book of Genesis there are some things that God does that makes him unjust and unfair. God created everything and when he was done, “God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” (Genesis, 1; 30) God made everything abundant for Adam and Even in the garden, except one thing. He instructed them not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. In the tree God created a serpent that tempted Adam and Eve to try some fruit from the tree.

They gave into the temptation from the serpent and tried some fruit. If God created everything that was good then why would he have created temptation that ultimately got Adam and Eve in trouble? Moreover why would God have created a serpent that would go against his word and try to have Adam and Eve get into a dilemma? God acted unfairly to place a serpent and temptation into the garden if he knew would only lead to problems. Job was one of the most faithful and loyal servants to God in all of the land. Job habitually worshiped god and avoided evil in any way that he could. God was proud of him and of the way in which he lived. God then got into an argument with Satan about the only reason that he worships you so much is that he has everything. Take everything away and he will

disown you to your face was Satan’s argument. God then without hesitation put Job through some of the most painful and cruel treatment just to prove a point. He first had all of Job’s livestock either stolen or killed. Then he brutally wiped out his seven sons and three daughters. That wasn’t enough to prove his point; he then inflicted Job with severe boils all over his body. He made him suffer in numerous ways, God put Job through pain that no one could imagine. All for the simple fact that he could turn to Satan and say, “Told ya so!” Is that how God should act? Is it just for him to inflict such a cruel and undeserving punishment onto one of his most loyal servants, so he could out do Satan? He was abusing his power, acting as an unjust and unfair Lord. In the Book

of Exodus, God reined down his fury onto the people of Egypt acting in a very sadistic way. The Lord wanted Moses to lead the Hebrews away from Egyptian control. Moses had to then convince the Egyptian Pharaoh to let the people go to worship God. But, the Lord said, “I will make him obstinate, however, so that he will not let the people go.” (Exodus, 4; 21) So God then sent Egypt ten horrific plagues that wiped out almost everything in the land. Some examples were that he sent locusts to destroy all the crops, he gave all the livestock pestilence so they died, he gave man and beast festering boils. His tenth and final plague was the unkindest of the all. It was called death of the first born, “Every first-born in this land shall die, from the first-born of the Pharaoh on