Week 4 Discussion Board – Coursework Example
God’s Teaching Methods: Conditioning, Socialization, and Introspection September 29, God’s Teaching Methods: Conditioning, Socialization, and Introspection
There are many instances in the Bible where God uses conditioning through rewards and punishments to teach humans. One of the most famous rewards is His reward to Moses and the Israelites from Egypt. The Lord told Moses in Deuteronomy 34:4: “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” His reward for Moses extends to his offspring. His obedience and loyalty to God has lasting rewards. As for punishment, one cannot forget the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19. God killed all the vile people who could no longer change and become good people. Another punishment is for David who used his power to steal another man’s wife, which is against the Ten Commandments. As punishment, Nathan told David: “…The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for[a] the Lord, the son born to you will die” (2 Samuel 12:13-14). God took David’s baby son’s life as the punishment for David’s transgression. The Lord punished even someone He loved so much because he did something sinful. God uses conditioning to guide His people to moral conduct.
Aside from conditioning, God motivates humans to learn by fostering learning through socialization and learning through introspection. Socialization with mentors is a way of learning. An example is this advice from the Bible: “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching” (Proverbs 4:1-2). God wants people to learn from their fathers and elders who can offer sound knowledge. In addition, God urges people to practice introspection. The Bible says: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). God encourages His children to learn through examining their thoughts, feelings, and actions. The Bible shows the many ways that God teaches His children.
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