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God Exhibits Parental Characteristics. Uses examples from the Old Testament of the Bible to prove that God exhibits the traits of a parent when interacting with humans.

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Many people look to God for comfort. They live their lives based on His teachings in the Bible. People also look to their parents for comfort and live their lives based on what they teach them. In numerous ways, God is comparable to a parent. Providing comfort, setting rules, and disciplining are three traits of parents that God exhibits.

One way God is similar to a parent is He provides comfort to His children. An example is when people are upset over the loss of a loved one, their parents are there to comfort them. After Cain murders Abel, God gives Eve another son, Seth, to console her. Another is if a child is afraid, they look to their parents to protect and comfort them. When Cain is worried that someone will kill him, God assures him that whoever slays him shall suffer a penalty seven times as worse. Plus, parents cover their children when they are cold. Similarly, God provides covering for Adam and Eve when they are ashamed of their nakedness. While He provides comfort, he also has rules that one has to abide by to earn it.

Another way God is like a parent is He sets rules and advises His children. First, just as parents advise their children not eat certain candies and foods, so does God. God tells Adam and Eve never to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Also, parents inform their children that they have to do chores around the house to earn their allowance. Comparatively, God informs Adam that he needs to labor in the field to produce food for his family. In addition, parents advise their children not to be lazy and do something with their lives. Likewise, God tells Adam and Eve to be fruitful and replenish the earth. Consequently, if a serious rule is broken those who disobey are punished.

One more way God is equivalent to a parent is He disciplines His children. One example is how parents scold their children if they hurt their sibling, as does God. After Cain slays his brother Abel, God tells him that the ground that he plows...