Jesus was with God the Father before the creation of angels and men. The apostle John, in the beginning of his Gospel record, asserts the pre-existence of Jesus. The first verse of John’s Gospel takes us into the depths of eternity, before time and creation. Genesis and John both start with the beginning, but whereas Genesis relates forward and tells what followed, John relates backwards and tells us what preceded. Time and creation started in the beginning but the Word existed already before the beginning and before every creature.
In conclusion, although Christianity and Islam are both monotheistic religions, they offer differing perspectives on subjects like the Concept of God, the death of Jesus and the humanity 's natural state. When discussing the general concept of God, it is known that certain Christians have belief in a Holy Trinity, where God is represented in three different Persons, while Islam believes in one God only, associated with no partners or equivalents. The death of Jesus is also a topic that is one of the most important differences between Christianity and Islam. Christians believe that Jesus was tortured and crucified, only to be resurrected three days later and then ascended to Heaven. Muslims believe Jesus never had to suffer crucifixion, but a man who looked similar to Jesus did, while Jesus was ascended to Heaven and is alive until this day.
The day of the Sabbath helped give the Israelites a sense of self-identity. The psychological function of the texts can also validate the idea of humans being ”good”. When observing human creation and nature, there are two main conflicting views, the Hebrew creation story portrayed in Genesis and the Babylonian myth of Enuma Elish. While the creation story of Genesis and the story of Enuma Elish may have some similarities, they mainly differ in their views of human nature. Heidel belittles resemblance within the stories though with the claim, “Add to this the doctrine that man was created in the image of a holy and righteous God, to be the lord of the earth, the air, and the sea, and …that make all similarities shrink into utter insignificance” (Heidel 140).
This is compared to the second pillar of Enuma Elish where it states, “He created the evil wind, and the tempest, and the hurricane…He sent forth the winds which he had created.” He was looking over His creation, not just earth but all of the foundation of the universe. Now in Enuma Elish Marduk the Babylonian god is said to have created the earth as a purpose to serve the gods, which he did with Ea, his father who helped him create humans. Even though both stories do end up with the creation of earth the way they got there is a bit different. In Genesis it is stated that only one God created all of life but in Enuma Elish it was said that there were multiple gods whom have worked with individual jobs. In the Cosmogony, the first part of Enuma Elish that described the creation of the universe, Apsu and Tiamat were the only two gods who existed in the beginning of the story but were only set of water.
In the Bible, God is anthropomorphized and made to seem as though he were human. Anthropomorphism does cast human traits and characteristics onto unhuman things, but its goal is not mere labelization. In the Bible, anthropomorphic descriptions are typically mistaken as a way to convey that God is like us and is a man with a body. Such characterization is done not because God actually is a man, but rather, it is done to divulge spiritual truths about God that are normally beyond our level of understanding. As in Genesis, “God created mankind in his image”(Genesis 1:27).
There is a twisted reflection of God because of the fall, but still we reflect God. “Made in God’s image”. We are all the offspring of God We think - God thinks, we have Emotion-God has emotion, we can discern right and Wrong-God can. 4. Ontological Argument (Anselm of Canterbury proposed this argument and later Rene Descartes deployed a similar argument) Idea of God - Everyone has an idea of God.
Tianhao Li ENG 100 Professor Light 4/7/2015 Creation Story Introduction Creation stories are defined as supernatural explanations that describe the beginnings of the universe, life, earth, and humanity. According to biblical definition it was God’s acts that lead to the creation of the universe and everything that exists within it. Stories about creation are very important to a culture because they tell people more about whom they are by telling them how they came into existence. Creation stories often give members of a community a sense of faith, how the world came into existence and offer religious information that can be relied on by the entire community. Summary of the Creation Stories The Iroquois story The Iroquois creation story talks
Contrary to The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Biblical account of the Flood in Genesis talks about a man named Noah, who was told directly by God to build a ship. Noah’s ship was
Re reading the Assign Text of Genesis Chapter 3 The word Genesis comes from the Greek translation (the Septuagint) and means ‘origin, source, creation,’ whereas the Hebrew title is ‘In the beginning.’ Both term appropriately describe the book subject as the origins of the universe, the world, mankind, human institution, the nations and above all, the people of Israel. God creative work in bringing all these things into being is focus in Genesis. This book was also entitled as “the first book of Moses” because traditionally belief that the first five books of the Bible; Pentateuch was written by Moses. The book of Genesis was divided into two parts Genesis 1-11; the pro history focus on the origin of the human race, and chapters 12-50, the
Chapter 3 The Itinerarium Mentis in Deum Before proceeding to the main concern of this chapter which is the discussion of St. Bonaventure’s Itinerarium Mentis in Deum, the researcher first dwelled with Bonaventurean anthropology. Moreover, the anthropological thought of the Seraphic Doctor does not only pertain to man and its nature alone but it also speaks of its relation to God. In connection to that, one of the treatises made by the Seraphic Doctor regarding the relation of man to God is to be found in his treatise Itinerarium. In the prologue of this treatise, Bonaventure discussed the plan and the purpose of the Itinerarium which is basically to guide people in a mystical union. By mystical union, one can say that this track made by