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As strongly expressed in the saga of Job's horrific sufferings
and then his believing friends' theology in defence of God for allowing it
for, of-course, you reap what you sow so Job must have deserved it.
The
Book of Job, from its original language is apparently the first written book of the Bible, and revolves around the accusation against Job brought before God, as righteous Judge of all, by Satan his Accuser, that the only reason why Job always does what is good and right is because he is paid to be so by the blessings of God.
In other words, the Judge of all is morally unfit to be judge for He uses bribes!
This is why the resurrected Jesus is at the right hand of God as the defence advocate of all believers!
 
Job's three Comforters come from afar to show sympathy, after hearing of his terrible calamity, and then characterise the various presumptuous evaluations of human theology in defending God by accusing Job,
for if God never does anything wrong – of course it must be Job's fault!
 
It
is God who had first drawn Satan's attention to Job, to show that even within the realm of Satan's direct activity there is still righteousness. In other words, Satan's seductions of humanity fail in the lives of individual believers.
Satan responds, in malicious retaliation, and accuses God of bribing Job to be good.
 
 
Satan brings this accusation but Job of course knows nothing of this background to the terrible calamities that then proceed against him, his family, and his source of income. So this earliest Bible Book lays out for us that, as demonstrated in Job's experience,
God is to be trusted beyond any human understanding or any theological evaluation of God.
 
Today,
there is a widespread tendency to invite human involvement in religious practice by presenting the benefits thus derived from being religious. This directly contradicts the essential message of this book of Job.
 
 
God, who is infinite spirit beyond time and place, does not need anything. He is not in competition with Satan for human allegiance in any sense whatsoever! He does not need our worship as some foolishly teach. God's beneficent purpose in human worship is simply to sensitize us to His presence and attitude, so that our prayers align with His priorities and purposes and therefore allow Him to intervene and respond positively to us
regardless of circumstance.
 
 
Because human experience tends to evaluate the unknown by the known, there is a natural tendency to think of good and bad in terms of legal right and wrong, as though God's simply has rules. This greatly underestimates God's character, and is seriously damaging to human understanding of God. Jesus demonstrated violently, in His clearing of the Jewish temple's outer court in Jerusalem, that the purpose for the existence of any rule is the benefit of the people concerned and not the sacredness of some concept or symbolic situation. Jesus did more than teach and rebuke. He physically turned over the tables of the money-changes, where their money was kept, scattering it across the courtyard floor among the feet of the people and so causing financial chaos (who were simply providing a service to those who came from afar with foreign currency), because of their discriminatory practice against non-Jews who came to the Jerusalem temple to give as part of their own worship.
Thus Jesus portrayed the heart of God intensely and even violently when necessary!
 
 
Anything that God says, directly by His Spirit or through the Christian Bible,
comes forth from His infinite wisdom in His unconditional commitment to the welfare of all those involved.
 
God's relationship to all that exists is based on His character alone and not, in any sense, from anything derived from human behaviour toward God.
 
Nothing can add to God's love and commitment to the well‐being of all that exists...
 
 
The message of inspired Scripture which most directly reflects God's character is in John 3:16 –
"ουτως γαρ ηγαπησεν ο θεος τον κοσμον
ωστε τον υιον αυτου τον μονογενη εδωκεν ινα πας ο πιστευων εις αυτον μη αποληται αλλ εχη ζωην αιωνιον
",
so translated in the English Standard Version as –
"For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life
."
has been contradicted by some churches dishonestly teaching that this Scripture only applies to the Elect,
whereas the Bible uses this same word "world"/kosmos later again in the same Gospel inclusively for the whole unbelieving world in which we live (John 17:16, etc.), so, if we are honest, it's application cannot be restricted in any sense to any subgroup of humanity at any time in human history!
 
 
The love of God cannot be bought by any behaviour! All God's actions are fully in tune with His intrinsic character of infinite
selfless beneficent love, not because of anything deserving in the recipient but because of God's own eternal character.
 
  Nothing can deflect from this character of God in all His dealings with humanity in any circumstance ever!  

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