Essay on The view of God from the Bible's Perspective

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The biblical standpoint on the view of God may be summed up in two verses, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7) This clearly indicates the attributes of God as merciful and just, forgiving and stern. A god without the perfect balance of these two extremes would not be omnipotent, as the biblical God is. In fact, God's power is infinite, making Him the transcendent being over the whole universe. (Jeremiah 32:17) …show more content…
The only solid basis for truth, according to the Bible, is God and His Word. David wrote in one of his many Psalms that, “Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.” (Psalm 119:151) This verse attributes God's Word as absolute truth, and there is no disputation over that fact. Moses also attributes truth to God, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4) According to this, God is truth, for He is of truth. Both His Word and His self are absolute truth, and man knows no other truth than that of God.

The twentieth century has seen a decline in absolute truth, or rather the belief in absolute truth. The 1900s witnessed the rise of two radical viewpoints, both of which questioned or outright challenged the validity of absolute truth. The first viewpoint is nihilism. In nihilism, all things –emotions, thoughts, perceptions, feelings-- are inane, and completely meaningless. Some go as far as to say nothing truly exists. Though a predecessor to the twentieth century, Friedrich Nietzsche, a famous nihilist said this of truth, “Suppose truth is a woman, what then?” (Beyond Good and Evil 6) In a sentence, Nietzsche summarizes the whole of the nihilistic view of truth: absurd. Furthermore, the second viewpoint that the twentieth century hosted is that of existentialism. Author James W. Sire writes of the existential view of

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