Saturday, December 14, 2013

Job Part V: Just a Few Questions

This is the final posting for the questions for the Book of Job in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. Next, of course, will be the questions for the Book of Psalms. Hopefully you have taken the time to go back to the beginning, to Genesis, to read and consider all of these questions from the very beginning. I hope you will also post answers, and if you do I appreciate your response.

1. Job 19:25
25 But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives. In the end, he will stand upon the earth.

1. Of course Job will say this. Why? Is it because as fucked up as Job's life has become God can fuck it up even MORE, in ways that Job knows he could never imagine nor comprehend?

2. Job 21:7
"Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?

1. Well, isn't part of the problem the fact that the wicked are often defined as those who do not believe in God? Aren't there plenty of good people who do not believe in God? Conversely, aren't there plenty of BAD people who believe in God?

3. Job 28:12
12 "But where shall wisdom be found? Where is the place of understanding?

1. But...wisdom isn't straight knowledge, is it? Doesn't wisdom include knowledge combined with courage, compassion, consideration, comfort, and care? Does God know this? Shouldn't God know this?

4. Job 28:28
28 To man he said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.'"

1. If understanding is true wisdom doesn't that then make fear fairly useless?

2. How is departing from evil true understanding when there are plenty of folks who understand much...yet still choose evil?

3. If fearing the Lord is true wisdom...uhmmm...isn't the Lord/God then using a loathsome tool (fear) to gain glory, a following, devotion, and all of that divine poppycock?

5. Job 37:23-24
23 We can't reach the Almighty. He is exalted in power. In justice and great righteousness, he will not oppress.

24 Therefore men revere him. He doesn't regard any who are wise of heart."

1. This makes no sense, does it? If God is SO excellent with His might and power (which can be seen everywhere) then people CAN find Him out, correct?

2. Where is God's justice and righteousness? Where was it for the Children of Israel as they meandered for forty fucking years in a goddamn desert? How about for the people who died on that most horrific September 11th? The people who did those terrible deeds that day worship the same damn God (and consequently thought that this God was showing justice and righteousness)...SO...where is the justice and righteousness?

3. If men revere ANYONE who has no regard for those who are wise of heart would they be doing so because they fear for their lives?

4. Would anyone in their right mind revere another who shows no regard for the wise of heart?

6. Job 38:4-6
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.

Who determined its measures, if you know? Or who stretched the line on it?

Whereupon were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,

1. Isn't this one of the most favored set of verses quoted by believers? Do you know how everything came to be? Do you understand the whys of everything? No? Then how can you say there is no God?

2. Sooo...does the lack of understanding as to the hows and whys of anything in nature/the universe/ourselves prove this maniacal God that believers swear is real?

3. Does man's lack of ability to do anything prove God or the supposed truth of the Bible?

7. Job 42:7-8
It was so, that after Yahweh had spoken these words to Job, Yahweh said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has.

Now therefore, take to yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept him, that I not deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has."

1. Sooo...God is basically saying that these guys made Him angry and so they all need to go and kill something? What the fuck?

8. Job 42:10-17
10 Yahweh turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. Yahweh gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then came there to him all his brothers, and all his sisters, and all those who had been of his acquaintance before, and ate bread with him in his house. They comforted him, and consoled him concerning all the evil that Yahweh had brought on him. Everyone also gave him a piece of money, and everyone a ring of gold.

12 So Yahweh blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand female donkeys.

13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

14 He called the name of the first, Jemimah; and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren Happuch.

15 In all the land were no women found so beautiful as the daughters of Job. Their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.

16 After this Job lived one hundred forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, to four generations.

17 So Job died, being old and full of days. BOOK I

1. God bribing Job with all of these things? Are all of these new things supposed to make the taking of all of his previous belongings/family okay and excusable?

2. Does this make the deaths of Job's previous children easier to bear? Does it or is it supposed to wash God's hands of guilt?

3. Sooo...what about everyone who got fucked over in this little experiment to test Job's faith and trust in God? What do they get?

4. God being all-powerful and all-knowing, He didn't have to prove Job's devotion/allegiance in this manner, did He?

5. Does God use this story of Job in the Old Testament to build the bad reputation of Satan?

6. This ALL falls on God, doesn't it? Isn't HE the one Who is supposed to be in ultimate, total control of EVERYTHING?

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