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Conceptions of Divinity The conceptions of God in the Book of Genesis and of Jesus Christ in the Book of Matthew are different in many ways It is easy to see the contrast when taking a look at the two characters most striking features by their relationship with the world of human affairs and their attitude toward human nature This change in the conception of divinity suggests many things about the nature of the religious imagination One of the most striking features of God is his immense power and awe Gods spirit is described as moving upon the face of the waters while the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep This presents an image of God as flying or floating across the water in an abyss of darkness The fact that the Bible starts out by saying In the beginning God created implies that God was around before the beginning This one small detail gives the God an image of such mystery wonder and awe for the reader Jesus Christ as presented in the Book of Matthew is almost the opposite of this description of God in the Book of Genesis Jesus is subtler in his ways of inspiring awe Jesus inspires awe in his followers by patience kindness and by the teachings in the way of parables The beginning of Jesus Christs life is a striking contrast to the beginning described in Genesis Christ began as a child just as any other human being This is much different than the spirit of God moving across the waters of a dark abyss God is powerful and strong in the beginning of the Old Testament while Jesus Christ is weak and powerless at the beginning of the New Testament In the Old Testament Gods power and strength dominated his character In the Garden of Eden God punishes Adam and Eve for eating the fruit
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