We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I see John Kerry frantically waving his hand in the back there, I'm pretty sure he thinks he knows the answer. If only God had been smart enough to consult John Kerry when He created the Universe, things would be so much better than they are.
I've said before that I consider myself a devout Jobist, I think of the Book of Job as an explication of the First Commandment, "I am God", and the unspoken corollary to the First Commandment, "You are not God". I trust that God is up there running the Universe, He doesn't need my help with it, and it would be not only silly but downright sinful for me to try, to presume that God might benefit from my advice.
Entirely so. And when that sinks in, it becomes amazing that God tells us - insists to us - that we pray for what we (think we) need and then act freely. It's a frightening freedom.
Assistant Village Idiot
What works with your relationship with God is also good advice for dealing with your plumber, electrician, tile guy, or appliance repairman. Save your advice and defer to his wisdom (OK, you can hold the door open). Our ignorance far exceeds our knowledge; God is just(!) the clear, defining example.
Hmm, there's probably a half-hour sermon in there. And I have been daydreaming about becoming an evangelist preacher. Hmm, indeed.
But the book of Job raises many moral/philosophical questions.... First of which is how G-d lets these things happen to an innocent man - and allows collateral damage to others...
There are even some rabbinical opinions that this is a parable.
Jewish tradition ascribes authorship to Moses.
I can't say much more because i have not studied it in depth... I know Protestants emphasize direct engagement with the Bible. This book is considered advanced - even esoteric - in Judaism, and only studied by the learned.