By Bart D. Ehrman
One Bible, Many Answers
In God's Problem, the New York Times bestselling writer of Misquoting Jesus demanding situations the contradictory biblical motives for why an omnipotent God permits us to suffer.
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Yet, the devil tells God, “Stretch out your hand now and contact his bone and his flesh and he'll curse you for your face” (Job 2:5). God permits the devil to take action, with the proviso that he no longer remove Job’s lifestyles (in half, one may perhaps consider, since it will be challenging to judge Job’s response have been he no longer alive to have one). The devil then afflicts task with “loathsome sores . . . from the only real of his foot to the crown of his head” (Job 2:7). task sits on a pile of ashes and scrapes his wounds with a potsherd. His spouse urges on him the usual path, “Do you continue to persist on your integrity? Curse God and die. ” yet activity refuses, “Shall we obtain the great on the hand of God and never obtain the undesirable? ” (Job 2:10). In all this, task doesn't sin opposed to God. Job’s 3 acquaintances then come to him—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. and so they do the one factor actual buddies can do during this type of scenario: they weep with him, mourn with him, and sit down with him, no longer announcing a observe. What victims want isn't suggestion yet a comforting human presence. Does agony Make experience? 167 it's at this aspect that the poetic dialogues start, within which the buddies don't behave like neighbors, less like comforters, yet insist that activity has easily gotten what he merits. i'll speak about those dialogues later, as they arrive from a distinct writer. The folktale isn't really resumed until eventually the belief of the booklet, on the finish of bankruptcy forty two. it really is noticeable little bit of the folktale used to be misplaced within the means of combining it with the poetic dialogues, for whilst it resumes, God exhibits that he's indignant with the 3 neighbors for what they've got acknowledged, unlike what activity has acknowledged. This can't rather well be a connection with what the buddies and activity acknowledged within the poetic dialogues, simply because there it's the neighbors who safeguard God and activity who accuses him. And so a section of the folktale should have been bring to an end while the poetic dialogues have been additional. What the chums acknowledged that indignant God can't be recognized. what's transparent, even though, is that God rewards task for passing the try out: he has no longer cursed God. activity is instructed to make a sacrifice and prayer on behalf of his pals, and he does so. God then restores every little thing that have been misplaced to activity, or even extra: fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, 1000 yokes of oxen, 1000 donkeys. And he offers him one other seven sons and 3 daughters. task lives out his days in peace and prosperity surrounded via young ones and grandchildren. The overarching view of soreness during this folktale is apparent: occasionally pain involves the blameless that allows you to see no matter if their pious devotion to God is real and disinterested. Are humans devoted in basic terms whilst issues are going good, or are they devoted it doesn't matter what the situations? evidently for this writer, regardless of how undesirable issues get, God nonetheless merits worship and compliment. yet severe questions will be raised approximately this angle, questions raised by means of the textual content of the folktale itself. For something, many readers through the years have felt that God isn't really to be implicated in Job’s sufferings; in the end, it's the devil who motives them.