The book of Job reminds us that God is outside time and space and that He does whatever He wants despite what we as humans think is just. Personal Reflection I feel that Gutierrez's argument is right on target. As we have studied in previous chapters of the Old Testament, God's way of doing things is not what we as humans would expect to be logical. For example, in Exodus we see that God chooses Moses to be the deliverer of the Israelites despite the fact that he is the second son, a murderer, and "slow of speech and slow of tongue" (4:10). This is strange because one would expect God to appoint someone of 'higher stature' like his brother Aaron.
Selfish decisions, crime, divorce, unemployment, greed, and other societal ills reflect attention placed on the wrong priorities. God’s book of Proverbs, however, continues to offer the one solution: true, abundant, and eternal wisdom. Proverbs expresses “the writers’ concern that we order our lives according to God’s own order in the world. Those who choose to despise this divine wisdom and discipline are bluntly labeled fools.” The book of Proverbs provides pithy statements that are easily remembered and clearly enunciate practical issues of daily godly living. King Solomon serves as author of a number of proverbs and assembles others “alre... ... middle of paper ... ...tp://www.sciencemag.org/content/332/6025/60.full.pdf?keytype=ref&siteid=sci&ijkey=89mdkEW.yhHlM Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. and Moisés Silva.
The existence of pain and suffering in a world created by a good and almighty God is a fundamental theological dilemma and may be the most serious objection to the Christian religion. In the book, The Problem Of Pain , author C.S. Lewis addresses the issue of pain as a mere problem that demands a solution; he formulates it and goes about solving it. "If God were good, He would make His creatures perfectly happy, and if He were almighty He would be able to do what He wished. But the creatures are not happy.
It was caused by human beings choosing to be cruel to their fellow men.” Man’s evil choices cause human suffering, not God’s complicity. Rabbi Kushner’s observations give a strong foundation to the argument that God cannot intervene. This concept of God meshes with the idea Marcus Borg presents in The God We Never Knew. In his book, Marcus Borg suggests the notion of a panentheistic God, that is, a God that is “. .
As a Christian Lewis believes God is good, so His allowance of pain and suffering seems to contradict that goodness, and often causes even Christians to question and doubt God. Lewis quickly replies saying that suffering is the fault of man as God has given man free-will, and through his choices man has brought about all this pain. Freud brings the argument to a more personal level: “Is that your excuse for pain and suffering? Did I bring about my own cancer? Or is killing me God’s revenge?”(33).
Perhaps one of the most interesting theories offered in detailing this continuation between testaments is Leske’s proposal that Jesus’ role and ministry is antecedent to the Isaianic literature, and, in particular, the Servant nation of Israel. Whilst a compr... ... middle of paper ... ...r, William Sanford et al. Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament, 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. Leske, Adrian M. “Isaiah and Matthew: The Prophetic Infleuence in the First Gospel”, Jesus and the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 and Christian Origins, ed.