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IRJ-Reflection#19 January 29, 2010

Posted by andrewg2013 in Reflection.

Our Neighbors are Our Makers: Young God’s Willingness to be Mean

When God creates the world in the first chapter of Genesis for seven days he always finds afterwards that he makes good. God famously says, “‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good;” (Genesis 1:3-4).

God's Light

God creates light, something that the reader immediately pictures as good. Then the reader finds that God is not guided by divinity, but by guess and check; he creates with uncertainty.

This uncertainty that a person may attribute to God occurs early in The Bible, in the first four lines. Unlike the way the New Testament portrays God, as a perfect, divine deity, the Old Testament depicts him as extra ordinary, perfectly human.

In the case of The Bible, God receives many faces. He acts as a caring, uncertain ruler at some points, but a brutal destroyer when he decides to send in the floods to kill all flesh, and as he savours the smell of the burning blood and carcasses that Noah and his descendants sacrifice to him.

These several faces allowed for the universality of this God thousands of years ago. He related to the people. The people of the time looked at him as they did their wealthy neighbor, which God tells us later, matches what he wants of us.

Image Credit: http://www.stenudd.com/myth/genesis/images/lettherebelight.jpg



1. michaelca2013a - February 2, 2010

Unfortunately, this idea that God is an uncertain creator comes many times in the Bible. One of the most prevalent examples of this uncertainty is his greatest creation — humankind. Humans are so often uncertain that they usually end up hopelessly lost. And as God said Himself, He created humankind in his own image. Personally, I like this idea that God, an almighty creator and Lord, is sometimes uncertain in His actions. In the Bible, God is not portrayed as a perfect Lord, but as a being that is learning as he creates, as does a small child does when he touches a hot plate. As he gets burned, he learns not to touch hot things. In this situation, God created mankind, left it unchecked, and then suffered the consequences.

2. erynnk2013 - February 2, 2010

I do not agree with this idea that God is an uncertain creator in the Bible. If He truly creates everything with this method of guess and check, how does He create everything as He wants it to be on the first try? It is a fact that the guess and check method never works every single time on the first try. That’s why it’s called “guess” and “check.” This leads me to believe that God did not make all creation with an uncertain mind.
In response to humankind being an example of a creation of God that is imperfect and uncertain, I believe that this all just narrows down to a question of free will. God gave humans free will, thus ending His responsibility for humans’ actions. If God wanted to, I’m sure He could make humans do exactly what He wants them to; He has the power to create the sun and the earth, so I can see nothing that can prevent Him from controlling humans just as He wants to. However, God presents all humans with the ability to choose, the opportunity of having free will. This means that God allows humans to do what they choose to do, not what He wants them to do. This proves that humans initially were just as God wanted them to be when He first created them, until He gave humans free will.
I believe that God creates everything just as He wants it to be and then allows His creation the freedom to develop as it so wishes, not exactly the way He wants it to grow, which eventually leads to its imperfection. In conclusion, I do not agree with the idea that God uncertainly creates everything using the method of guess and check.

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