Episode 26 of 'Talking Element' Elder Take Over. Element Elders Answer Your Job Questions.

by Element Christian Church

Questions Discussed:

- Job…Blameless and upright?

- I know there are many times throughout the Bible when we clearly see God's wrath like in Sodom and Gomorrah or on the whole Earth when He flooded the earth.  In those instances, the Bible says there were no righteous people.  It was just.  But, most of the time, it seems like God plays more of a passive role in our lives meaning that He allows bad things to happen in our lives rather than making or causing these things to happen.  With Job, it feels like bad things were happening and God actively plays a part in Satan's actions against Job.  "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?"  God even acknowledges to Satan that Job was a "blameless and upright man".  How is this just?  Are we possibly missing a piece of the story that would offer more context or is it simply a cultural difference?

- When you said God is in complete control and Satan can only do what God permits Satan to do… how are we to reconcile that statement of God’s control/sovereignty with God not being the source or author or cause of evil (which James 1:13-14 and 1 John 1:5 are clear to present)? This seems tough to reconcile given our lesson in Job where God’s decision to permit Satan to touch Job’s possessions and family resulted in the death of servants and Job’s children (and presumably friends at the party, etc)…

“It still doesn’t answer why God allowed Satan to have his way with Job’s kids and life, but no harm will be done with him.”

- Why, since God had the ability to create us and allow us to live in heaven, did he instead create us and allow us to live on earth, knowing there would be pain and suffering and hurt and heartache? All of that could have been avoided if this step was skipped.

- Is there more scripture on God allowing Satan having his way like he does with Job?

 

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