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How concepts of God have developed: The range of beliefs about origins: A comparative survey of churches and religions - AD 30 to ," there are 19 major world religions which are subdivided into a total of large faith groups, and many smaller ones.
Consider Judaism, for example. Jews have historically based much of their teachings on origins on the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Scriptures. Other stories in Genesis describe the effects of a worldwide flood and the origins of language diversity. Other books in the Hebrew Scriptures describe the origins of the Jewish religion and civil code.
There are probably on the order of other, conflicting stories about origins of the universe, religion, moral and legal codes, etc. It is beyond the scope of this essay to deal with such a range of beliefs.
Rather, we will describe a single belief system developed by some religious historians. Their beliefs have few points of similarity with teachings of Judaism, Christianity, Islam or other religions.
The early development of humans: The beginnings of religion may have preceded the the first member of our species -- Homo Sapiens. Neanderthals reverently buried their dead with a ritual that seems to show that they anticipated life after death, in some form.
They oriented the bodies in a specific direction. They planted tools with the body that might be of use in a future life. Neanderthals might have had based this belief on some concept of the supernatural. Many scientists believe but many creation scientists reject the concept that our Homo Sapiens ancestors went through a number of changes in their transition from being pre-human to fully human.
This separated our distant ancestors from all other animal species in the world. At some point, humans: Attained a fully developed self-consciousness. Developed a moral sense. Developed a spirit of community that was much more advanced than any other species.I like the faith message that I get out of the "literary device" viewpoint.
My only minor quibble is that the order of Genesis 1 is close enough to the natural scientific order. Core doctrine. In Spinozism, the concept of a personal relationship with God comes from the position that one is a part of an infinite interdependent "organism".
Packer defines the love of God this way: God’s love is an exercise of His goodness towards individual sinners whereby, having identified Himself with their welfare, He has given His Son to be their Saviour, and now brings them to know and enjoy Him in a covenant relation.
I. Packer, Knowing God (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, ), p.
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