Justice In The Book Of Job

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November 19th 2011 Hum110 Justice in the Book of Job The Book of Job relays the story of a righteous man named Job, who has many children and is very prosperous. Satan talks to God telling him that job will not be such a great follower if he is not as gifted as he has been. God allows Satan to take away all of Jobs live stock, kill his children, and give Job boils. Jobs friends think that he must have done a horrible deed to cause such pain and suffering. God eventually talks to Job making it clear that his actions need no explanation. The book of Job brings up the ever-present question of why bad things happen to good people and answers that question by saying God is above justice. When Job’s friends — Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar — hear of his calamity, they come to visit him and begin to argue their “theology” to him. Their theology is that a man’s suffering is always the result of his personal sin. Further, the more one has sinned, the greater one will suffer. Based upon these premises Job was suffering tremendously because he was guilty of grievous sins. In response to Job’s questioning about why God has allowed this to happen to him Eliphaz asks a rhetorical question, "Can mortals be righteous before God? Can a human beings be pure before their Maker?" (Job 4:17). Here Eliphaz stresses the idea that humans can’t be just. God is too superior, so that in comparison humans are not capable of being just and cannot be pure. Eliphaz also says to Job that “as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same” (Job 4:8) This simply states the theology of the friends that good comes from good and bad from bad. Bildad words to Job are in same vein “ God will not reject a blameless person, nor take the hand of the evil doer” (Job 8:20) and Zophar agrees that God punishes the wicked and rewards the righteous (Job 11; Job 20). Trying to figure out Gods
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