Optimism and Pessimism in the Old and New Testaments

Optimism and Pessimism in the Old and New Testaments

by Adolf Guttmacher


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ISBN-13: 9780530951607
Publisher: Creative Media Partners, LLC
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.53(d)

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CHAPTER II View Of The Would In The Old Testament The creation of the Universe forms the beginning of the early records of all great civilizations.1 For creation is the presupposition of all subsequent history and, at the same time, the first act of revelation on the part of a creator. Thus, among the Hebrews, the early chapters of their sacred records reveal their conception of creation and creator. It is, generally, conceded that in Genesis are two accounts of creation imperfectly fused together.1 Though they differ in style and in the order of creation, God is the Creator in both.' God is placed outside of the world, but in sole and direct control of all that occurs.2 He wills that something should be, and it is. The Universe is not self-existent, as some cosmogonies teach, not inherently evil, nor antagonistic to God and man, but it has come into being at the will of a Divine Creator. " He does not lose Himself in whatis created; nor does He merely passively suffer things to go forth from Him; but He actively brings them forth, and keeps Himself independent of them in the sameness of His eternal Godhead. He has nothing in antithesis to Himself, nothing outside of Himself which He could not, or only gradually could, overcome; but everything outside of Him stands open to His free disposal." 4 That God is the Creator, independent of all that He created, is a conception deeply rooted in the consciousness of the ancient Hebrews, and explains the optimistic view of the world that prevails in the Old Testament. But this Creator not only is independent of all creation, he has created everything good, i. e. in the perfection which corresponds to His own goodness. This is, especially,clear from the Priestly account of creation.8 After each and every act of creation God proc...

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