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.
By contrast, Cain brings what he has grown and gathered from the earth. In a way, a foolish man would think that any effort of his own could satisfy and infinitely holy God, and this is what Cain thinks. The offering of Cain signifies the work of his own hands, but Abel's offering signifies the finished work of Christ. God accepts Abel's offering and rejects Cain's. Abel is hated by his brother and since Cain's offer is rejected, he is detested even more.
Question: Sir John Sheppard comments that Oedipus behaves normally, commits an error in ignorance and brings suffering upon himself. He declares that "Oedipus suffers not because of his guilt, but in spite of his goodness.” What is your opinion of this comment? I disagree with this statement. To a certain extend, I think Oedipus’s suffer is what he deserved. No one can be held fully responsible for actions committed under some kind of external constraint, and for the case of Oedipus, such constraint might be exerted by god.
Lewis admits that he struggles with this daily and even questions his own view of God: “If God is good, He would make his creatures perfectly happy. But we aren’t. So God lacks either goodness, or power, or both”(34). The state of man on earth and the state a good God would put man in are polar opposites. This reality causes Lewis to question his beliefs about God’s character and even doubt that a God exists in the first place, making this argument of Freud’s the most dangerous to Lewis’ Christian, theistic,
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.
The sinful people have seemed to escape God’s wraith, while Job is punished. Job says that he doesn’t deserve God’s grace more then anyone else. In both the bible and the play, Job wonders why such a bad thing has happened to him. He wants to know why God has treated him so badly. The three comforters tell him that it is because we are human.
For many, it is more obvious to acknowledge a God who is limited in power, as opposed to a God that allows innocent and wicked suffering. In stark distinction, God in the Book of Job is the opposite. He is not limited in power, he is omnipotent, but not virtuous or righteous. The God in the Book of Job is followed not out of love, but out of fear. How can a God like this be adored?
Homer’s The Odyssey paints a picture of the supposed savior Odysseus. The irony of Odysseus’ situation is that he really is not the marvelous hero that many who read The Odyssey see him to be. When imagining a great hero, the words of cruel, unfaithful, selfish, or careless never come to mind, but the son of Laertes sets examples for each attribute. Odysseus makes many poor decisions that cause his dislikable traits to highly outweigh his few better ones. Several of his more prominent characteristics are exhibited on numerous accounts.
Because God is perfect and without error (infallible), we are a reflection of that. However, when Adam and Eve sinned against god, that infallibility was tainted.... ... middle of paper ... ...from generation to generation, which would possibly also include original sin. Because humans are created in the image of God, however, humans also inherit and overall goodness, as God is a perfect being. The theory that is least compatible with the biblical criteria is the learning theory. It is only compatible with only one criterion, because the learning theorists dwell too much on nurture and not enough on inward drives.
Cleanthes observed that the world had an order to it, and that it must be attributed to a purposeful backing. Cleanthes stressed the importance of the anthropomorphizing of God through that it was the only way we could become closer to him and celebrate his greatness. He argued that Demea’s God was too un-relatable to humanity and that nobody would worship him. Cleanthes solved for the problem of evil by pointing out that there is much more good than evil in the world. Cleanthes said that Philo and Demea were overexaggerating on the amount of evil, and that goodness heavily outweighed evil, proving that God does exist with his triad of