Job 9:7

Today’s crazy Bible verse comes from the book of Job and focuses on science.

“He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.” – Job 9:7

The sun doesn’t shine?  Um…as the creator of all, you would think God knows that the sun does shine.  It produces energy in the core through a fusion process.  That light then leaves the surface of the sun and travels through space.  In fact, we see the planets and the moon because of sunlight reflected off their surfaces.  Other stars “shine” too, giving off light in a fusion process in the core.

The argument could be made that the authors of the Bible didn’t have the scientific understanding to understand stars.  That’s true.  Which then means the Bible is NOT the literal word of God.  And if it’s isn’t the literal word of God, what parts are we to believe?  If there was God who wrote His word in a book, one would think He’d get the science correct since He would have created the science in the first place.

A Recap of Job

I started discussing the book of Job on December 12, 2014 with Chapter 1.  Job starts out with a conversation between God and Satan.  Satan challenges God to find a truly faithful man and God accepts this challenge.  The problem is that this really isn’t a challenge, but a trick by Satan that God falls for.  God then allows Satan to punish Job in unimaginable ways.  Job’s children, servants, and livestock are all killed.  In addition, God allows Satan to cover Job’s entire body in painful sores.

Throughout this process Job doesn’t leave God or claim that God doesn’t exist.  Instead, Job asks reasonable questions to God.  God refuses to answer.  Job is very willing to accept his punishment and make amends, but he can’t make amends if he doesn’t know what he did wrong!  Job’s three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, along with another guy named Elihu, try to convince Job to have more faith in God.  It’s very clear Job has tremendous faith in God, but because he asked God questions, Job is to blame for everything.  Even though Job asked no questions of God prior to the punishment, Job is somehow at fault.

God eventually returns to the conversation but refuses to answer Job’s questions.  Instead, God yells at Job for having the nerve to ask a question of the Almighty.  God goes on to boast about how high and mighty he is and eventually Job gives in.  God then gives Job a new set of children in an attempt to get the reader to leave with the impression that Job lived happily ever after.  Sorry, I’m but not buying it.  You can’t just replace your dead children with new children.

This ends my discussion on Job as I prepare to head back into Genesis.

Job – Chapter 42: Conclusion

Finally!  Finally we have reached the very last chapter of the book of Job!  Phew!  We read about God causing unimaginable pain to Job.  We heard from Job and his three friends.  We even heard from this random dude, Elihu, who walked in on the conversation between Job and his friends.  We eventually heard from God again, but all God had to say was “I am awesome.  I am mighty.  You are not.  Therefore you must obey me, no questions asked.”  Are we in for a surprise ending?  A cliffhanger?  Let’s find out.  We first hear from Job.

“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” – Job 42:2

Apparently killing innocent children is part of the “you can do all things.”

“Surely I spoke of things I did not understand…” – Job 42:3

True.  Job doesn’t understand why God killed his children or why God covered him in painful sores.  Job still doesn’t know why God did these things nor do we.

“Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” – Job 42:6

So let me get this straight.  God speaks a bunch of nonsense about how mighty He is, refuses to answer Job’s questions, and Job cowers away in fear.  Maybe I’ve been wrong this whole time.  Maybe Job is NOT the greatest man in the east.  A great man doesn’t take nonsense for an answer.  A great man asks questions and demands reasonable answers.

“After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” – Job 42:7

In other words, Eliphaz has yet to explicitly cower in fear from the ‘power’ of the Almighty God.

“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as before.” – Job 42:10

“And he also had seven sons and daughters.” – Job 42:13

Okay, that’s all fine and dandy.  Job no longer has physical pain, but what about the emotional pain he still has from losing his previous children.  If a child dies, a couple doesn’t have another children and forget about the first!  If a dog dies, someone doesn’t get another dog and completely forget about the first!  No, not buying it God.  That was a dick move you pulled on Job and simply giving him new children is no excuse for the permanent harm you caused Job.  Wow!

“After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.  And so he died, old and full of years.” – Job 42:16

First, he didn’t see his ORIGINAL children to the fourth generation.  God made sure to not let that happen.  Secondly, 140 years?  We learned in Genesis 6 that God no longer allowed man to live past 120 years.  I guess we just have to take it on faith that 140 is less than 120 according to the Bible.

That does it for Job.  Tomorrow I’ll offer a full summary on the book of Job, but for now, I need a break from discussing Job and the evils God committed.

Coming Soon:  Genesis – Chapter 12:  The Call of Abram

Job – Chapter 41: More From God

After a long delay with no word from God, we finally hear from Him starting in Job Chapter 39.  God spoke in Chapter 39 and 40, but had no explanation for his actions against Job.  Instead, God rails against Job for having the nerve to ask questions.  God argues that no one is God but God Himself and therefore Job should obey and remain quiet.  Okay, but that doesn’t justify the killing of Job’s children.  Let’s find out what God has to say in Chapter 41.

“Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope?” – Job 41:1

The Bible makes it clear the Loch Ness Monster is real!!!  LOL!  Okay, maybe not.  This verse is supposed to show that man can’t take down large animals, only God can.  However, it didn’t take man long to hunt down whale and elephant, so I’d have to answer God’s initial questions in this chapter with a resounding yes.

“Will he keep begging for mercy?  Will he speak to you in gentle with words?” – Job 41:3

Uh…no.  It’s an animal and animals can’t speak in the tongue of humans despite what many Christians believe about a talking donkey in the New Testament.

“Will traders barter for him?  Will they divide him up among the merchants?” – Job 41:6

Yes, that is exactly what happens today and happened centuries ago with large animals on Earth.  They were hunted down and divided up among merchants.  What sort of nonsense is God speaking here?

“Who then is able to stand against me?” – Job 41:10

If God is describing Himself as the mightiest sea creature, then man can easily stand up to God.  We stand up to mighty animals today and have in the past with minimal difficulties.  Sure, there were/are humans killed now and then hunting mighty animals, but the animals are always the ones to lose the fight.  God isn’t exactly describing Himself as the mightiest of all in this chapter.  God continues describing Himself against a mighty animal.  With each successive verse the response remains “So what?!?!?”  Calling yourself mighty doesn’t justify the horrible actions you committed against Job and his innocent children.

God goes on for several more verses, but has nothing different to add to the conversation.  Even my study Bible has little to say on this chapter compared to the vast amount it has to say on other chapters.  Basically this chapter boils down to God ranting about how great and mighty He is while missing the entire point of Job’s questions.  Not only is this God NOT mighty, He’s also a bit dim witted.

Coming Soon:  Job – Chapter 42:  Conclusion

Job – Chapter 40: God Continues

Job Chapter 39 brought us God asking Job a number of rhetorical questions regarding wild animals.  God completely ignored the real issue of Job’s suffering at the hands of the same God!  God continues speaking in Chapter 40, but we also hear from Job.

“Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?  Let him who accuses God answer Him!” – Job 40:2

Okay, I will.  You kill my children for no reason and punish me for no reason, damn straight I’m going to contend with you!  Job responds by saying:

“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?” – Job 40:4

Oh Job, don’t do this to yourself.  Stand up to God.  He is the one to blame, not you.  God then returns to speaking.

“Would you discredit my justice?  Would you condemn me to justify yourself?” – Job 40:8

When that justice includes killing innocent children, yes, it should be discredited!  Job is not trying to justify himself.  He simply wants a justification for God’s actions on him.

“Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low, look at every proud man and humble him, crush the wicked where they stand.” – Job 40:11-12

God says this after telling Job that if he has “an arm like God’s” then do the actions of God.  God constantly says how wicked men are.  Message to God, but these are YOUR creations.  If they are wicked, they are wicked because of YOU!

God then talks about creating a behemoth, although the name of this animal is not stated.  In referring to the behemoth, God says:

“He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword.” – Job 40:19

The Bible just diminished the power of God.  God is supposed to be the creator of all.  We learned in Genesis that God created man in HIS image.  Yet God creates a behemoth that He ranks above man?  God creates a being that He ranks above HIS own image?  Who’s more powerful and more important here?  Is it God, or is it the behemoth?  This verse places the behemoth above God.

That concludes Chapter 40.  I’m still less than impressed with God’s words in Job.  God has no interest in responding to the true question Job is asking.  Instead God goes on a rant about how the behemoth is ranked higher than man in God’s eyes.  Interesting.

Coming Soon:  Job – Chapter 41:  More From God

Job – Chapter 39: God Continues

God finally speaks in Chapter 38, but has little to say other than blaming Job for his questions.  God provides no answers and babbles about how He created everything and therefore Job has no right to question Him.  More evidence of being a horrible parent.  God continues speaking in Chapter 39, so let’s see if He has anything different to say.

“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?  Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?” – Job 39:1

Any farmer with livestock, and probably Job as well, can tell you they are often part of the birthing process, especially if there are problems during the birth.  I’ve personally seen cows give birth, goats give birth, and cats give birth.  So the answer to God’s first two questions in this chapter is a definite YES!

“Do you count the months till they bear?  Do you know the time they give birth?” – Job 39:2

For anyone worried about the health of the animal, yes, I do!  God goes on for another 28 verses, discussing wild animals and the domestic horse.  God asks Job a bunch of rhetorical questions such as:

“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread his wings toward the south?” – Job 39:26

At this point I can only assume that God is trying to confuse Job as much as possible so Job doesn’t ask any more questions.  All of these questions and comments are a deflection on the part of God from the real problem.  The real problem is the killing of Jobs loved ones and pain caused to Job.  God doesn’t want to address that apparently, so He chastises Job for having the nerve to ask an important question.

God isn’t done talking yet as there are still three chapters left in Job, but as this point, His return to the conversation has been a huge disappointment.

Coming Soon:  Job – Chapter 40:  God Continues Talking

Job – Chapter 38: The Lord Speaks

To recap Job Chapter 37, Elihu was speaking, passing along his so called wisdom to Job and Job’s three friends.  Elihu finished speaking and now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the Lord is about to speak in Chapter 38.  This is the Lord’s first speaking appearance in the book of Job since Chapter 2.  Will God reveal His wisdom to us?  Will God have a good, reasonable explanation for the harm He caused Job?  We’re about to find out!

“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?” – Job 38:2

Um…you are THE Lord.  The knower of all.  The creator of all.  Don’t you already know?

“Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” – Job 38:3

LOL!  Job has already braced himself like a man.  He is willing to accept responsibility for his actions if only he knew what they were.  God doesn’t seem interested in answering Job’s questions.  Instead, God is going to ask the questions.

“Where were you when I laid the Earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand.” – Job 38:4

When it concerns the killing of Job’s innocent children, this question is irrelevant.  Job not being there at the moment of creation is no justification for God’s actions against Job’s children.  God goes on telling Job all about the different aspects of creation, asking each time, where were you?  Were you there?  No, Job wasn’t there.  Job won’t say this, but here is my response to God:  “No, I wasn’t there, however, I was there when you brutally murdered my children because you were tricked by Satan.  What say you?”

Most of God’s comments to Job are jackass comments such as:

“Surely you know, for you were already born!  You have lived so many years!” – Job 38:21

Again, Job is not questioning the stars or the Earth or the weather.  Job simply wants to know why he is being punished.  He wants to know why his children, servants, and livestock were killed.  Basically God responds with “I did a bunch of stuff before you were born.  Therefore, I command you to shut up.”  Such a kind, loving God.  Some of what God says makes no sense and is in direct contradiction of known science.

“Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion?” – Job 38:31

The Pleiades is a young star cluster whose stars are bound by gravity.  I supposed one can argue God created gravity, but aside from that, God didn’t bind the Pleiades.  The laws of physics did.

“Do you send lightning bolts on their way?” – Job 38:35

Actually yes.  If one runs around in a storm with a metal rod, the chances of getting struck by a lightning bolt are greatly increased.  So yes, a man can send a lightning bolt on its way.  A lightning bolt is simply a discharge of built up charge in the cloud and the ground.  Using a metal rod (lightning rod) increases the chance of a discharge.  Simple physics that God apparently never learned.

“Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?” – Job 38:37

Uh…a 3 year old!  Anyone who can count has the wisdom to count clouds.  I realize knowledge such as counting is against the will of God for He wants His creations to be dumb for fear of them realizing the truth (there is no God), but seriously, to mock Job for being able to count?  That’s a dick move and a dumb one at that.  Look back to the Tower of Babel story for God’s views on man gaining too much wisdom and knowledge.

To sum up Chapter 38, God has very little to offer.  He simply says in many different ways “I am awesome, I created everything, you are a dumb man, therefore, shut up.”  I really expected more from God.  Maybe we’ll get more in the last couple of chapters of Job, but given what we’ve read thus far, I’m not holding my breath.  God completely ignores the point of Job’s pleading.  He answers Job with a non-answer, using a fallacy to deflect Job’s questions.  God lacks basic science knowledge, which is remarkable given that God supposedly created science!

Coming Soon:  Job – Chapter 39 – God Continues