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Aug
24
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
I don't understand how this isn't a bet. It sounds like a bet. If it's not considered a bet, then why is this bet-sounding thing not considered a bet? A good answer that explains that well would be more on-topic than all this stuff I'm getting about the problem of evil.
Aug
23
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
I don't know why people see Job and think my question is about the suffering of the righteous without actually reading it. Even after I removed that weird edit someone who gave the wrong answer made, this still persists. My question is not about Job. I don't care about Job. I care about God's deal with the devil. God's reasons for Job's suffering were not mysterious in the slightest. It was very clearly spelled out in the first two chapters. He made a bet with satan. My question is about why His not-mysterious bet was righteous.
Aug
29
comment At what point did humans evolve enough to be considered special to God?
+1 for "Genesis makes no attempt to be a history book". The Bible may have all the theological answers, but it does not have all the answers. Is it really spiritually important to know that human beings were unique starting at Neanderthal man or whenever?
Aug
26
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
Who are we? People. We are the creators of the word "love" and the authors of its definition. A definition of love must allow the possibility that God is not loving, otherwise the word is meaningless. That's not pride; it's linguistics.
Aug
13
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
@Jeff I was hoping I would get a satisfying answer, but also expecting most of them to be pessimistic.
Jul
28
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
Still unsatisfying, but at least it answers my question.
Jul
28
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
This is more satisfying. Good answer.
Jul
27
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
It seems like you're explaining the reason for the bet. Which I didn't understand either, but my question is about how we can reconcile the bet with God's supposedly all-good, all-loving character. Explaining by saying that Job isn't all-good or all-loving doesn't work either. Humans aren't defined to be all-good and all-loving, whereas God is.
Jul
26
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
Unsatisfying, but I was expecting something unsatisfying.
Jul
26
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
Perhaps I did not phrase myself well. I do not think God was playing a joke on Job. I think God was joking with Job's life. There's a difference between God allowing evil to happen, and God actively participating in the evil. I think that making a bet with Satan is not necessarily evil, but is definitely not good. My question is about how to interpret the bet with Satan.
Jul
26
comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
Thank you for your involved answer. However, my question is not focused on the death of Job's children. Tis focused on God's action in making a bet with Satan that resulted in the death of Job's children (among other things). In relation to the bet, Job's children were completely innocent. They did nothing to incur a bet that would end their lives. But again, their untimely deaths are not the focus.