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The Holy Bible (Job 1-5, 40-42)
The main idea of the book of Job explores mankind’s faith in God even when it seems as if all is lost. By stripping Job of everything that matters to him, God is trying to see if Job will either trust in God’s plans or turn away from Him. Job shows this strength when he says, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
Although God’s test of Job’s faith seems very harsh, God is trying to teach his followers that it’s easy to love Him when He gives you everything, but in order to see if that love is genuine, you need to love Him even if He takes away everything away from you with no explanation. God admits that there was no purpose in taking everything away when He tells Satan, “You incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason” (Job 2:3).
With this statement, it seems as if God agrees to do this because He knew the whole time that Job would conquer the temptation of evil. When mankind ate from the tree of knowledge, mankind gained the ability to distinguish between good and evil. When God was unfair to Cain, Cain resorted to murder and lashed out and killed his brother. But when God was unfair to Job, Job showed resilience and strength and accepted his cruel fate.
These contrasting behaviors explain how people respond differently to the challenges of life. Ultimately God tries to explain why bad things befall good people, and that it’s important not to lose faith.
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