I didn’t realize asking questions about certain stories was against the policies of Yahoo, thank you for pointing it out to yahoo for me and having it deleted. You have my sincere apology if anybody was offended about my question pointing out that Job likely wouldn’t have been so worshipful of god if he…
In ancient Jewish tradition Satan is simply an angel doing the work that God assigned to Satan to do.
The word Satan means challenger. With the idea of Satan challenging us, or tempting if you will. This description sees Satan as the angel who is the embodiment of man’s challenges. This idea of Satan works closely with God as an integral part of Gods plan for us. His job is to make choosing good over evil enough of a challenge so that it becomes clear to us that there can be only one meaningful or logical choice.
Contrast this to Christianity, which sees Satan as God’s opponent. In Jewish thought, the idea that there exists anything capable of setting itself up as God’s opponent would be considered polytheistic or setting up the devil to be an equally powerful polarity to god or a demigod.
Oddly, proof for The Christian satan/devil mythology is supposedly found in the ancient Jewish texts that were borrowed to create the bible. One can’t help but wonder how Christians came up with such a fantastically different interpretation of Gods assistant Satan in their theology.
Other hints about Satan’s role in human relations can be seen if you look at the name Lucifer. It’s meaning in the original tongue translates as Light bearer or light bringer. Essentially the bringer of enlightenment. The temptations of the Satan idea bring all of us eventually into Gods light. Hardly the Evil entity of Christian mythology.
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Actually, you are wrong. You must not have read the account, it seems?
“. 9Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still hold fast thine integrity? renounce God, and die. 10But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (ASV)
Of course, you are doubly wrong since God didn’t kill — Satan did. The fact that God permits an earthquake, a flood, a disease, or Satan to do something — does not make him an accomplice to the deed.
The point of free will is exactly that, you are permitted to do evil or good– next step, God shall punish the evildoers and reward to good. Do you understand how free will works now?
I thought this site was so we could ask questions about the Bible and other belief. Sounds like you had a good point though.
Angers me this does. Who dares defies the God of the Sea?
I enjoy your questions. Job can be taken in SO many ways. I will try to ask your question in a different way to see if it stays.
oh my-are the button pushers out already-throw a stone in a pack of dogs the one that yelps is normally the one that got hit–smile and enjoy the day
Job is one of my favorite stories to illustrate how ludicrous the buy-bull and their biblical monster are.
Sad. People are far too touchy.
definitely get on that appeal button, any honest question about any part of the bible, should be more than welcome here…
No you should never question the bible.