I heard a presentation today about Job. I came home and read commentary about it.
As I would summarize the story, Job was a perfect guy in the eyes of God. Then, Satan teased God as to Job’s faithfulness. God told Satan to go ahead and test Job to see if he remained faithful to God.
Job was wealthy. While God watched approvingly, Satan burned all Jobs wealth, killed his family and gave him physical pain. Job screamed at the injustice of it all, but remained faithful.
People have been scratching their heads about this story for a thousand years. What seems to be a common contemporary reading is the story in no way reflects an unjust God. This, even though the Bible does not give us much explanation as to why it was necessary for God to allow Job suffer so. Instead, it is supposed to be a lesson for us all about how mysterious this God is–we must not think we understand his complex ways.
I call the Job story a “recruiting tool” because it is frequently used at gatherings to ridicule the faith. And, in my view rightly so.
No matter how one spins the story, it still looks like a cynical God. God, himself, does not seem to suffer in the ordeal, only an innocent man.
Laughable as well is the talking cloud, instead of a talking snake. Why does anyone read this stuff?
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