Explain what the Bible teaches about the goodness of God [25marks]
The bible teaches us that god is good, but how is God good? Well in the bible we have quotes that teacher us how God is good and how he shows us kindness. We can show that God is good rather than evil however whatever God does we can either say he is good or evil.
God expects goodness to be reflected in his creation, since we are made in his image well in Genesis “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” this shows that God made humans in his image and which is the greatest goodness of all creation.
Can we truly rely on God? Well in the bible there are many quotes that say about relying on God for example “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” This means let God show you the right path, let God show you what everything truly means for example when the disciples where afraid and in hiding when the holy sprit reached them it gave them the courage to speak out this is the act of God “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.
One of the greatest challenges to human nature is the issue of forgiveness. Those who can’t forgive themselves are filled with guilt and despair, and those who won’t forgive others are filled with anger and bitterness. The most miserable people are the people who never let go of their bitterness. Have you ever met an old bitter man or woman? They can’t enjoy life and those who love them can’t enjoy them. Bitterness builds a barrier that keeps them caged in and the rest of the world closed out. The bitter person will cling to a hurt from the past and will never let go of it even though they know it is destroying them. To various degrees, we all struggle with bitterness. When we cling to anger, we punish those that hurt us, and we destroy ourselves. We throw a pity party that only we can attend. We may be able to hurt others...