Images of God in the Gospels Analytical Essay by smb490

Images of God in the Gospels
Examination of the various portrayals of God in the four Biblical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
# 119716 | 1,991 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on May 21, 2010 in Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper explores various Biblical images of God through an examination of the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The paper refers to Biblical scriptures and the author's reasoning in addressing the images of Jesus as teacher, John's image of Jesus, the Holy Spirit as wisdom of God, and God as nature. In the paper's conclusion, the author asks, "If it is so difficult to live amongst nature, a reflection of God, is it also implied that a connection with God is just as difficult to achieve?"

Jesus as Teacher
John's Image of Jesus
Holy Spirit as Wisdom of God
Image of God

From the Paper:

"However, as enticing it might seem to gain religious knowledge, readers of the Bible will also remember that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden for acquiring knowledge of good and evil. Why was wisdom a vice then only to become a virtue now? Wisdom is portrayed as an elusive object that reaches out to the people but is turned away by an ignorant crowd, certainly a negative portrayal of the earthly community. Wisdom implores, "I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded," to demonstrate this rejection (Proverbs 1:24). At the same time, there is a threatening message associated with this rebuff, and a violent and threatening consequence that can only be a means by which to scare Christians into acceptance: "Because you have ignored my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will most when panic strikes you like a storm" (Proverbs 1:25-27)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Coogan, Michael D. et. al. The New Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha. 3rd Ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2001.
  • Munoz, Ronaldo. The God of Christians. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991.

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