Friday, November 15, 2013

Job Part II: Just a Few Questions

With ALL of these questions posed in regards to the Bible wouldn't it be nice to be able to access the questions in one place instead of flipping between blog postings? Now you can! The questions for the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch are now in one compilation, and there is no need whatsoever to flip-flop between various posts! Go here for your copy:

Oh, yes...this guy is STILL getting smacked around!

Poor Job. Poor poor Job. This guy was the little soccer ball of misery that the LORD/God kicked around in a little soccer match with Satan as the LORD/God tried to prove to Satan just how loyal and special Job was. Did the angels/heavenly host shout "GOOOAAAALLLLLL!" each time Job was slammed with some new tidbit of living horror? Who knows? The fact remains, though, that there is a whole lot more than some poor devotee of God/the LORD getting pummeled for no damn good reason in the Book of Job. The author/authors tries/try very hard to use the completely insane story of Job to validate much of the LORD/God's terrible behavior as well as try to validate many of the unjust and nonsense punishments heaped upon mankind.

So, let's get to continuing with the questions for the Book of Job.

1. Job 2:9
His wife said to him, "Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die."

     1) The Bible doesn't pass up a chance to crap all over women, right? Here, much like Eve supposedly did unto Adam, Job's wife offers terrible advice. A woman told Adam to eat the bad fruit, a woman wrangled the secret of his strength from Sampson, a woman contributed to the fall of the doomed Ahab and here a woman is noted as having told her husband to curse God. What do these things tell you about God's opinion of women?

     1) God never mentions having a mother. I mean, Jesus has Mary, but God apparently didn't have a mother. Is this why He has such an obvious problem with women? He didn't have a mommy to love Him?

2. Job 2:10
10 But Job replied, "You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?" So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

     1) God is perfect, right? How can there be ill with His good...unless it intones balance?

     2) If there must be ill with the good in order for there to be a balance, how does God plan to defeat evil at the Battle of Armageddon? 

     3) Wouldn't God be defeating Himself in defeating evil? Without evil there would be no balance, correct? Thus, the idea of good defeating evil is utter lunacy, correct?

     4) Wouldn't it then follow that the idea of God only doing good is an equally lunatic ideology? 

3. Job 2:12
12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

     1) Why make a show of sorrow? For attention? What does this behavior accomplish? How does it impact the situation? Do these men do this to show God their displeasure and pain and suffering? Why? Wouldn't God already know how they feel? Wouldn't they know that God already knows how they feel and think?

4. Job 3:1-4
After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

And Job said:

“Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’

Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it.

     1) Sooo...cursing the day he was born accomplishes WHAT except maybe for a bit of venting?

5. Job 3:16
16 Why wasn't I buried like a stillborn child, like a baby who never lives to see the light?

     1) Job is whining about his life does he even consider what his death in infancy or in utero would have done to his mother in particular?

6. Job 4:6
Doesn't your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn't your life of integrity give you hope?

     1) Listen to the words of this verse and consider another message within them. For those who fear God...isn't that their confidence? For those who claim integrity of their ways in God as their hope, is that not their own choice of hope?

     2) How can people like this assume OR assert that their fear of God/the LORD or their perceived integrity due to this fear that governs their spiritual and physical life, be the same for another person or culture? Or that it SHOULD be the same for another culture or another person?

7. Job 4:7
"Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?

     1) Do you really want this question answered? We would have to start with Adam and Eve, correct?

8. Job 4:17
17 ‘Can mortal man be in the right before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?

     1) What do you think? Let's put it this way: If a God tells His faithful servant to fly a plane loaded with people into a building also loaded with people and the faithful servant not only says NO but FUCK NO, is that man not more righteous than his God?

9. Job 5:6-7
But evil does not spring from the soil, and trouble does not sprout from the earth.

People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.

     1) How the fuck is man born for trouble when it is the supposed Maker of man Who sought to sew evil in the garden and then allowed man to be tricked into eating it?

10. Job 5:8-10
8  "If I were you, I would go to God and present my case to him.

He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.

10 He gives rain for the earth and water for the fields.

     1) Who does horrible things that cannot be fathomed, man or God? Who promises to do wonderful things but finds ways to revoke joy and love and promises of peace? Who withholds the rain to starve men by denying harvest? Who sends water to the depth of cubits above the highest mountain peak to destroy all life?

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