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  • It doesn't give an explanation, BUT at the end it says that Job has twice as much of everything. That includes twice as many children. He had ten before, and ten after, so how can there be twice as many? Because ten are in heaven, and ten are on earth.
  • Maybe, rather than second guessing God on this ancient event, we can find the answer if we closely review the response that Job gave since it was his family that was lost. On a personal level, Job had a fine family,a wife, seven sons, and three daughters. (Job 1:1-3; 29:7-9, 12-16) One day, a messenger rushed in to report that some of Job’s valuable herds had been plundered by a raiding band. Soon another reported the loss of flocks of Job’s sheep. Then the Chaldeans took away his 3,000 camels, killing all but one of the attendants. Finally came the worst news. An unusual wind devastated the house of his firstborn and killed all his children, who were gathered there. Faced with such suffering, would Job blame God? Job 1:13-19. Note that at the end of Chapter 1 in the Book of Job it says: 22 “In all this Job did not sin or ascribe anything improper to God” Then Chapter two begins; 2 “Afterward it came to be the day when the sons of the [true] God entered to take their station before Jehovah, and Satan also proceeded to enter right among them to take his station before Jehovah. 2 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Just where do you come from?” At that Satan answered Jehovah and said: “From roving about in the earth and from walking about in it”. More calamities were to come, though. Job was afflicted with a horrible disease that covered him with malignant boils. He became so sick and repugnant that his wife blamed God. “Curse God and die!” she said. Job did not know why he was suffering, yet he would not accuse God of causing it. We read: “In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” Job 2:6-10. That is truly interesting. Even though these calamities struck Job like a freight train, He would not blame his condition, and the death of his family on God. The book of Job helps us to identify the root cause of Job’s suffering and to see why God allowed it. Chapters 1 and 2 reveal what had recently taken place in the invisible heavens, in the spirit realm. The rebellious spirit called Satan assembled with other spirits in God’s presence. At the mention of Job’s blameless course, Satan challenged: “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God? . . . For a change, thrust out your hand, please, and touch everything he has and see whether he will not curse you to your very face.” Job 1:9-12. In other words, Satan accused God of bribing Job. This defiant spirit creature claimed that if Job was stripped of his wealth and his health, he would curse Jehovah. By extension, Satan was asserting that no human would love and be loyal to God in the face of suffering. That challenge had global and enduring impact. The issues that Satan raised had to be settled. Thus, God gave Satan freedom to act against Job, and Satan brought those various forms of suffering on the man. Understandably, Job did not and could not know of the universal issue that was raised in the heavens. And Satan arranged things so that it appeared as if God were causing all of Job’s calamities. For example, when lightning struck Job’s flocks of sheep, the surviving attendant concluded that it was “the very fire of God.” Although Job did not know why these things were happening, he would not curse or reject Jehovah God. Job 1:16, 19, 21. If you analyze the circumstances behind Job’s experience, you will see that the issue is, Will humans serve Jehovah out of love, despite troubles? Job helped to answer that. Only true love for God could have moved a person to remain faithful to Jehovah, which is what Job did. What a testimony against Satan’s false accusations! This case, however, did not begin and end with Job back then; it has extended for centuries. We are involved too. How do many react when they see or face suffering, whatever its cause? They may be unaware of the issues raised in Job’s day, or they may not believe that Satan even exists. Hence, often they doubt that there is a Creator, or they blame him for the suffering. How do you feel about this? From what you know of the Creator, would you not concur with the Bible writer James? Despite suffering, he had this conviction: “When under trial, let no one say: ‘I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.” James 1:13. Sources: The scriptures cited and the publication,"The Creator" 1998 Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
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  • "Hey God! I bet if you let me completely wreck this guy's life, he'll hate you." "Sure, Satan, go right ahead. I bet he *won't*." And then a whole crapload of people die- to prove a point to an entity that was beaten, theoretically, a LONG time ago. If the deaths of Job's family and household are considered just by ANY standard, then I have a severe problem with the Bible. I don't care *who* said it was okay to kill all those people. When someone who's obviously beneath me issues a challenge, I don't have to accept it. So either God is incredibly childish, suffers from a severe lack of self-confidence, or has a very sick sense of humor.
  • The story of Job is dramatic story about the problem of the suffering of the innocent. It is a story that teaches a spiritual lesson and is not history. Satan did not kill anyone. That said, even if God did allow Satan to kill people then those people would just go to heaven to be with God forever. For Christians, death is not the end or even a bad thing. http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/bible/job/intro.htm With love in Christ.
  • We already know the answer to this one.There are examples in the bible of the dead having been resurected back to life soon after they have died.Lazarus is the classic example of resurection in human form.Jesus the classic example of resurection in spirit form.Through God all things are possible.Do you really think a loving God would allow this to happen without rectifying the damage done by satan.
  • The take is that God is testing Job. My take is that the only part of this story that has geniune substance is the dark night of the soul told in parable form. We all must traverse the dark night of the soul to reach divinity. It is not easy, it is fraught with thorns but to get to the fruit of the tree, you must go out on a limb and Job went as far out on a limb as anyone could. But he renounced the physcial and got the Divine. God would never sit there and want to do harm to anyone. This is a story.
  • I'm sure there can be volumns of text "explaining" the "reasons" it makes sense. All BS.
  • probably that he was testing him

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