Religious text, like the Hebrew Bible, tell stories of an all-powerful god. In Psalms he is celebrated and praised, his relationship to man defined as a shepherd watching over a flock of sheep (Psalms 23). The character of God watches over mankind, assists only when he sees fit, and gives laws by which mankind should live by. In the Book of Moses, God gives the Ten Commandments to his people so that they may have laws which they should abide to be in his favor (From Exodus 19-21 [Moses Recieves the Law]). These commands are given to Moses, a chosen prophet. It is rare that this God intervenes in human affairs. When Satan sought permission to test Job, a man whom God boasted over because of his devotion to him, God allowed Satan to do as he pleased to Job and did not intervene during Job’s suffering. While Job’s faith did not waver, after being accused of preforming a wicked act and told to abandon his god he questioned the reason behind his awful plight (Job). In this story God seeks to tell the man that he is too small for the knowledge of all things, and tha...
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...e world is shaped by how man thinks, Plato questions the actions of man, the reason society works as well as it does, and attempts to define the word justice in The Republic (Plato). Each question Plato asks has another question to go with it, no matter the logical answer given it is also questioned about why it is the answer and why the world works around it and believes it to be the answer.
Plato’s questioning of the world, and the guidance the Hebrews sought from their god, helps the people of the modern age understand the confusion and lack of understanding people of the past had about the world around them. For example, Job claims not to know how he came to be (Job), but with modern science people of today understand each and every step required for a human to be born. Job was denied this knowledge by his Lord, but it is common knowledge to the modern world.
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