Modern Christians believe that this one god handmade all of the earth and the people in it. Gnostics, however, believe that there are two different Gods. Some Gnostics say that there is a Creator God of the Old Testament who is mean and hateful and full of wrath, and then they say there is the New Testament God who is kind and forgiving (28). Orthodox Christians will argue that there is only one God who brings both joy and pain, but those who believe in the gnostic gospels wonder why such a nice god would create such a terrible world for all humans to live in. To them, if there is a good side to the world and a bad side to the world, then there must be two gods to keep track of it all.
Christian’s basic understanding on the human nature comes from the bible. They gain their beliefs about human nature and life from stories, many of which come from the first 3 chapters of Genesis. However, most Christians view these stories as ‘myths’ which have a symbolic meaning. God created man in his ‘own image’ this stems from Genesis chapter one. He blessed them with the breath of life; Christians believe this is when humans were given a soul that a part of God lived in everyone that has a soul.
According to the Mormons, The Doctrine and Covenants is the record of heavenly revelations provided to Joseph Smith during his efforts as leader of the Mormon Church. But when one compares the Book of Mormon with the Doctrine and Covenants there is a problem of internal logical consistency. While both maintain divine inspiration, they do not synchronize. The
The epic of Gilgamesh vs. The story of Noah and the flood Its an epic question among man: “Did the ‘God’ of all the heavens and earth really sanctify the book we call the bible, or is it simply just the most accepted account of what has happened throughout man-kinds existence?” This is a question I have thought about for as long as I can remember. Growing up in church I always found it hard to believe that there was only one version of all of these intriguing stories. I always questioned the credibility of the King James Holy Bible. Its hard to believe that throughout these thousands and thousand of generations that not one person has perverted the original story to progress their own agenda.
Judaism is a monotheism which means that they believe in a single, all-powerful God. This God was the creator of Heaven and Earth, which is different from being the Lord of Heaven and Earth. “The first people to insist upon monotheism, the Jews, throughout their history, found this to be their greatest source of strength.” “It is often suggested that Akhenaten’s religion and Zoroastrianism have influenced the development of monotheism in Judaism.” The second unique aspect of Judaism is the covenant. The covenant was a pact between the Jews and God. The Jews vowed to worship only God and to obey his laws.
There is no way of knowing for sure if the scholars are interpreting the Bible the way God intended. Christians and Jews agree that the Old Testament foretold the coming of a Messiah. However, there is a large amount of text that is being translated and the growing trend has it referencing
Every ethos has its’ own theories and principles. Each one has a belief that their schema of beliefs is greater to others’. In biblical times, The Jewish culture looked down upon the Gentiles because they were not the chosen people of God. They felt that the Gentiles were lower than and unworthy. They were not even allowed go worship in the synagogue.
Even though there are quite a few similarities to the two stories, there also seems to be quite an astonishing amount of differences between the great Biblical story of Noah's Ark and the accounts of the flood told by Utnapishtim in Gilgamesh. Mankind had become evil. There were many sins which had become widespread and common throughout the Earth. In the story of Noah, we read “And the Lord saw that the evil of the human creature was great on the earth and that every scheme of his heart's devising was only perpetually evil. And the Lord regretted having made the human on earth and was grieved to the heart”(Genesis 6).
The Bible teaches us that “all men originate their own moral depravity” (Genesis 6:12; 8:21) The Puritans believed that all men and women, due to human nature, had the capacity for sin and evil, especially women. Many more women were punished over men for their inherent evilness. I do believe that we all have the capacity for evil and committing sin. It is up to us as individuals to seek redemption and salvation through accepting Christ as our personal savior. Puritanism revolves around the belief that man is made up of two separate entities, the tangible entity of the body and the intangible entity of the soul.
Many theories have been made concerning the story of creation and many scholars have come up with different views based on creation. One of the theories is the Gap theory which suggests that God created the world and after that there was a Pre-Adamic war that led to a catastrophe and as a result God had to destroy the world and recreate it again. The other theory that was made is the Day Age theory which suggests that each day represents an age. The Bible describes clearly the creation account and is the only source which is reliable. The bible authors regularly employed creation metaphors in order to put their subject matter within the context of God’s activity in creation.