Christian Beliefs: The nature of God

Hello all and welcome to the year 10: Religion and World Views CLF blog. In these blog posts we will aim to engage with Eduqas GCSE RE, starting with a review of Christian Beliefs and developing into new learning on Christian Practices.

How to work: This is your learning – your opportunity.  You have to feel success to know success. Here are some suggestions of how to work:

  • Keep a folder of work undertaken separated into subjects.
  • Use a notebook to complete suggested written tasks – these could be photographed and sent to your teacher for feedback.
  • Create a folder on your computer and complete work on written documents organised by topic and date.

Big Question: What is the nature of the Christian God?

Keywords: omnipotent, omni-benevolent, omniscient, theodicy

Starter/Do now (recall): What are the meanings of the following terms?

  • omnipotent
  • omni-benevolent
  • omniscient
  • theodicy

Task 1

Using the following video, watch the animated first chapters of Exodus. List what you learn/remember.

Task 2

Using the following link research the following biblical quotes noting the key part of each.

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Remember:

  • Exodus 7-11
  • Exodus 14:21
  • Psalm 86:15
  • John 3:16
  • Romans 8: 37-39.
  • Book of Job 1: 8 -12, 42:1-6

Task 3

As well as knowing the nature of God within Christianity, you should be able to explain the Problem of Evil.  This is the idea that if God has these component natures how can evil exist?  Christian’s respond to this with theodicies.  Watch the following for clarification and make notes (you do not need the Muslim view for now – this will be addressed in the Islam units).

Summary

So, what is the nature of the Christian God?  God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving.  Christians can struggle with this in a world of suffering. The Problem of Evil is often used to justify the idea that God does not exist. However, Christianity responds with a variety of theodicies, including: suffering is a test, punishment, the result of autonomy (free-will) and the consequence of original sin.

Extras: Test yourself – use the following exam board supported website – Seneca, to assess your understanding on this topic.

https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/e25138c0-e857-41d4-894c-3d9c3b18a914/section/d03c98af-2f99-4e03-97df-8bae4091aba6/session

Exam Question

Describe the nature of God. 5 marks (B type question)
REMEMBER: One possible exam technique – list of five
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding by describing a belief, teaching, practice, event etc.​
​Five distinct ideas put into a paragraph.