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Response Paper to Five Essay Questions
Religion and Theology
Pages 9 (2259 words)
1. God’s Mercy to Humanity Evidence for God’s mercy to humankind is interspersed across the Old Testament. However, it is the Books of Genesis and Jonah that present the clearest of it all. The Divine mercy is described in such a way so that to make clear that God the Almighty is willing to pardon former sinners and deliver them from the gravest perils, if they are able to repent their past transgressions.
Nonetheless, as Cain called on God to provide some protection for him, as he feared being slain in his journeys, God yielded to Cain’s prayers and granted that “anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over” (Genesis 4:15 The New International Version). The Divine protection of Cain enabled him to reside safely in the eastern land of Nod, and to build the first city on the Earth, named after his first-born son, Enoch. The mercy of God thus proved instrumental in the development of human civilization (Arnold & Beyer, 2008). The case of Cain demonstrated that Lord God is simultaneously wrathful and merciful, ready both to punish and to forgive. The story of the Ark of Noah that may be found in the selfsame Book of Genesis is further testimony to this capacity of God, and, therefore, it is necessary to dwell on it in detail. According to Genesis, the Flood was caused by especial depravity of humans then living on Earth, who went as far as entering into sexual relations with “sons of the God” (i.e. the fallen angels; Genesis 6:2 The New International Version). ...
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