Gods And Men Essay

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The book of Genesis as seen from a secular analytic vantage is no less riddled in faith than it’s more religious centered home. The story of creation in six days, a talking snake, and an omnipresent god may not be scientific or true, but that doesn’t negate what the book represents or its purpose. The moral and indeed law of the story is that people must really on their ruler, and that to go against his wishes and act in your own interests or thought process is something that will cause harm to society. It’s easy to see why a book with such a message would be written and why it would continuously be used throughout history. In essence Genesis/The Old Testament are a how to book on governance not only for those governed but also to the sovereigns who sometimes metaphorically take the position of god.
You can see in Gilgamesh, The Iliad Paradise Lost, and any other book of ancient divinity that following the will of the gods is a manner of great concern. However, the major focus of this concern is not just the subjects or human elements but the gods as well. Too my knowledge every civilization that worships or builds dogmatic beliefs around something greater than themselves has done so within the confines of said civilization. That is to say that the belief grew within the believers and helped to organize the sect of people. Now take a look at the role of God in Genesis, at no point does he give Adam or Eve faith. It is not something that he allows them in any direct sense. He gives them life and setting and makes his presence and intentions known, but they show in the obtainment of the apple and of the knowledge of sin that they are able to do as they please. Nothing of devotion or faith was mentioned because the opposite did not exist. There was no malicious intent in man because there was no intent at all because premeditation requires that one have something to act or reason upon. The only thing that existed in the Testament verse prior to the fruit and snake incident was just man “being”. Once choice became apparent and sin was developed Man had the ability to have faith. It was at this point that negatives became evident, one could be caste out of paradise and punished; certain actions that defied the ruler could be punished. While certain punishments may not fit the crime and certain paradoxes exist in the writing (they will be addressed later) the message of we must protect society from its own actions was thematic. Sin begat goodness because there needs to be a lack of god or at least the possibility of lacking in god to allow the acting on of faith in god. Otherwise the faith in god is no more a belief or action than breathing.
The reason this is such an important message, the message of a sovereign and faith in the realm of consequence and devotion is simple: Man needs a god so that he [man] is not his own god. The idea of free will is often questioned but it seems that the question is always “Do we control our lives or does god?”...

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