The Book Of Job Is An Explanation Of Why Good People Suffer Essay

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The Book of Job has often been seen as an explanation of why good people suffer. After all, it is very clear that Job is not being punished for something that he did wrong, as seen when even an omniscient God can call him blameless and upright (Job 1.8). Yet, his life still falls apart around him. However, there is a very interesting character involved that may seem surprising initially to the readers. Satan, an angel many associate with the Devil, is present in Heaven and even has a conversation with God. However, it is important not to confuse Satan in this text with the Lucifer or the Devil. In fact, the roles of God and Satan can be seen as complimentary.

While reading through the Book of Job, it is easy to get caught off guard in the beginning because there is a conversation between God and Satan. After all, many people would not expect God to converse with Satan, much less to say to him that “all [Job] has is in your power” (1.12). Initially, Satan is restrained from harming Job physically, but this is lifted, but he is never given permission to kill Job (2.6-7). This does demonstrate God’s supreme authority and the fact that he does have the power to control the situations that mortals go through. It can be comforting to believe there is a plan behind by the bad events people go through. For example, after losing his livestock and his children, Job says “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken…

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