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Marty Heard OT-Wisdom TRL356Spr 00 Human Suffering and Job An Overview May the stars of its twilight be darkened may it look for daylight but have none nor gaze on the eyes of the dawn because it kept not shut the doors of the womb to shield my eyes from troubleI have no peace nor ease I have no rest for trouble comes Job cries out in anguish at the beginning of this book because he lacks understanding as to why this string of horrid events has taken place in his life He enters a state of utter despair and confusion for he cannot explain why his life has changed so drastically and why he was made to suffer such tragedy For trouble comes and he knows not why One thing that has always been a part of the human condition is suffering and quite often this suffering comes without any warning or direct influence from those who enter into it Job is obviously one of those people For the purpose of this short essay I will attempt to answer the following question What is the relationship between God and human suffering Attempting to answer this question with Job as my source will undoubtedly bring forth more questions I will deal with them as they come From the beginning of the Book of Job the reader knows something that Job does not that God plays a part in Jobs suffering And right away one may dismiss Gods direct involvement because God knows all and is omnipotent a common belief among the ancient Hebrews and God is simply demonstrating that Job is a man of faith who will stay righteous and holy no matter what The text stands in conflict with itself from the very beginning Although God does not directly inflict Job Satan lacks the power to do so without first receiving approval from God Job embodies a powerful example of the
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