The Book of Job. On the Problem of Pain

Why do we suffer? Why is there so much evil in this world? At one point in our life we will reach a crossroad where we will just stop in our tracks and wonder. What is the point of all of this?

The oldest book of the Bible is the Book of Job. And what an amazing book that is. It holds the answer to our most pressing questions. In case you haven't heard of it, the Book of Job is one of the books of the Hebrew Bible. It tells the story of Job, who was not Jewish. He is the son of Utz, Utz was the son of Nahor and Nahor was the brother of Abraham. This book describes the trials Job goes through at the hands of God. The book is considered one of the most profound and literary work of the entire Old Testament. The book attempts to address the problem of suffering in this world.

Job was an extremely pious man. He was very rich and lived  a very happy and fulfilled life. He had seven sons and three daughters. Satan presented himself to God. God asked Satan what he thinks of Job, who looks like a very pious man. Satan answers that Job is pious only because he is prosperous, if God was to "touch his possessions", Job will curse him like all the rest. So God gave Satan permission to test Job's righteousness.

Job resists in the end all the grueling suffering he is put through, he only curses the day he was born. No matter what kind of sufferint he encountered he would simply say: "Lord has given, and Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord".  When his friends and his wife prompted him to just curse God and die, Job answered: "You speak as one of the foolish speaks. Moreover, shall we receive good from God and shall not receive evil?".

After several rounds of debate between Job and his friends, a divine voice as coming from a cloud, God describes in a lyrical language, what the experience of being the creator of the world is like. The point of these speeches is to proclaim the absolute freedom God has over His creation and the same absolute freedom He has granted us. We are being tested for our righteousness or we are paying for our sins, the point to any REAL suffering is the fact we do not know the reason. It is so much easier to endure something if you know the point and the reason for it. The real suffering and the real test is not knowing WHY! For good quotes about moving on visit Christian Tour website.