God 's Relationship With Humanity Essay

2573 Words Oct 12th, 2016 11 Pages
Introduction God’s relationship with humanity has always been difficult to conceptualize. The Bible provides us with a plethora of stories that reassure us of God’s love for humanity, yet at other times bring us to question whether that is actually true. The Books of Genesis and Exodus, but more specifically the covenants that God makes with his people, offer great insight into the evolution of God’s relationship with humanity. By analyzing the varying terms of the Edenic Covenant, the Noahic Covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant and the Mosaic Covenant, the reader is offered some perspective into how God views his place in respect to humanity. The Edenic Covenant is defined as a conditional covenant, or an agreement that is based on certain obligations and requires action from the people in order to keep the covenant unbroken. God only specifies one rule-Adam and Eve cannot eat from the Tree of Knowledge- which can be paralleled to the hundreds of rules later seen in the Mosaic Covenant. The Edenic Covenant is the closest God ever gets to having a loving, personal relationship with his people. The Noahic and Abrahamic Covenants are both defined as unconditional covenants, or agreements that will be kept regardless of the people’s good or poor actions. The Noahic Covenant serves to highlight God’s imperfections, showing that He is beginning to learn from humanity and from his own mistakes. This helps to better understand the Abrahamic Covenant, where we see God becoming more…

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