How can a God like this be adored? The only conclusion to validate the way God treats Job is that Job is not innocent and his suffering is deserved. Chapter 1 of the book illustrates that God afflicted Job with suffering, even though he acknowledged Job was upright. Job supposes God is omnipotent and is capable of preventing his suffering, but decides not to, therefore he concludes that God is not
Elihu believes suffering is a form of God’s love to “turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride” (Job 33:17). Furthermore, Elihu assaults Job’s claim that God denies him justice because “It is unthinkable that God would do wrong that the Almighty would pervert justice” (Job 34:12). He then disputes Job’s claim that God owes him something because he is righteous. He concludes his speech by focusing on God, and then claims, “the Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?” (Job 37:23-24).
The Bible version of Job's story suggests a different answer. A young man speaks up after Job has convinced the three older men of his innocence, and he speaks of the magnificence and omnipotence of God. It implies that God has a system of justice, and that if a man finds himself in difficulties it must be through his own actions. But Job was good all of his life. The point of the Bible's Job seems to be to learn to accept our circumstances, without turning against God because external conditions are the result of complex processes, most of which we do not understand, but we cannot let the external be the basis.
It seems impossible to answer these questions by denying that evil and freedom exist. It can be clearly seen and argued that bad things occur in this world, just as every person can understand they have freedom when they act. Classical theism puts an extreme emphasis on God’s omnipotence and seems to make God responsible for the pain and suffering in the world. As a result, God ends up getting the blame for the mistakes found in His creation. It becomes necessary, then, to propose a scheme in which God is not so powerful that He is incapable of relating and in which He also remains God.
Job’s friends could not realize the bigger picture and trust in God to now that Job did nothing wrong. Conclusively, the story of Job demonstrates that human anguish can arise for reasons beyond our understanding. The age old question, is why do good people suffer while bad people prosper? But we cannot always perceive why unless God chooses to reveal his motive. However, it can be said that God is just testing that his servants will love, trust and have faith in Him no matter what.
The world is not perfect so it seems that God must not be all-loving or He must not be all-powerful. Rejecting the existence of evil, immediately rejects too much of the Judeo-Christian tradition to be considered, though some philosophers have considered it. The traditional Christian answer to why God allowed the death of Christ is for the absolution of humanity’s sin. However, this begs the question, as an omnipotent God why was it necess... ... middle of paper ... ...owardice or evil (2) must then work to minimize good (1) and maximize evil (1). This process can continue ad infinitum It also follows that God, not as benevolent as could be hoped, prefers the maximization of good (2) as opposed to the minimization of evil (1).
Then there is the question that asks why bad things happen to good people. This is also not really answered in the book. Instead, it seems to lead you to the idea that God works in strange and mysterious ways that should not be questioned. When Job’s three friends try to explain that Job must have done something wrong to have been punished, God later disproves that by saying that the three friends were wrong. God also condemns them for believing Job could do such a thing, further elaborating that Job is good and there was no reason for bad things to happen to him, and cementing the idea that God is capricious.
Satan continues to describe that God “seeks” glory and things are created, administered, and fulfilled for the glory of God. Satan argues to The Son of God, that God is not just happy... ... middle of paper ... ... fulfill this with time without disobeying and falling to Satan’s shortcuts. Satan tantalizes The Son of God with glory to be more like God, not only does this temptation align with hope, but The Son of God resists these temptations, even with though they implicitly had best of meaning, wishes, and intentions for others. The final temptation of the Temple and The Son of God claiming God head draws a parallel with Faith. Satan’s temptations failed for no incentive could make The Son of God bow before any other than God, the Father in Milton’s Paradise Regained.
Verse 16 "Even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by doing the works of the law." The later part of verse 16 shows how much Paul has dedicated his work to the concept of justification by faith. Some w... ... middle of paper ... ...nts of God; on top of that to refuse the grace of God and the remission of sins offered unto us by Christ, is the worst sin of all, the sin of sins. " Bibliography: Bibliography Harris, L. Stephen. The New Testament; A students Introduction Mountain View CA.
This ignorance is beneficial to recognize in order to understand why God’s ways are incomprehensible and through the friends of Job, there is a disproven idea of a simple retributive rubric under which God acts; furthermore, the viewpoints depict the complex and rather incommensurable system of God. Job remains in a state of existential despair, and ultimately realizes that he can not fathom God in any way, while his friends falsely assume knowledge, in which God later reprimands. Questioning is an important concept that later leads to greater wisdom just as it does for Job because he who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.