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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 6 months ago

Why did God allow Satan to kill Job's children?

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  • 6 months ago
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    IMHO, to teach a timeless lesson to mankind; a lesson more important than even the life of Job's children; a lesson we humans have always struggled with, even to this day as shown in the two examples below.

    John 9:2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

    Luk 13:4  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 

    Since ancient times, as Job's "friends" constantly reminded Job of, it is assumed by most people that if bad things happened to a person, that person must have done something wrong to deserve it (which is what the false teachings of Karma and Reincarnation are all about).  And the corollary to that thought is that if good things happen to someone, they must be good with God.  That appears to be the thinking of Jesus' apostles', their astonishment that the rich weren't automatically saved (Mt 19:24-25).

    Scholars believe that the Book of Job was probably the first book of the Bible written.  If so, it must have a fundamental and very important message that God early on wanted all humans to know--and it does: bad things happen to good people (Jesus himself being the perfect example of just that).

    Why is that message so vitally important?  Because if it really was the case that if you were good with God only good would come your way and if you were bad with God, you could count on only bad coming your way, it wouldn't take us humans long to figure out to be good with God, NOT because we genuinely want to love and serve him, but only because of the rewards and the avoidance of bad in our lives.

    God knew Job's heart, and knew he truly loved him more than even his own children (Mt 10:37; ref Lk 14:26).  So it appears he may have tricked Satan into setting up a situation to not only show the principle that bad things can happen to good people, but that it is possible to continue to love and serve one's Maker even in the most gut-wrenching of times when the "day of evil" (Eph 6:13) comes our way--including the loss of one's children, the greatest loss a person can have--in this life.

  • 6 months ago

    While I believe it is just a story where the writer was attempting to make a point, I don't think it was very well thought out from today's standards. The first problem is why would God accept a wager from Satan, should a God have anything to prove? While the intention may have been to let Satan have his way with Job's life to show that Job would never curse God, it left Job in such a state that God gets angry at Job because he begins to think his friends have a valid point. This sort of defeats the writer's point somewhat in that Job was somewhat politely cursing God and praying for his own life to be taken. The last mistake the writer makes is after all of this mental torture that would send most to the insane asylum, giving Job tenfold of what he had is supposed to make everything okay? The final thing we have to realize is that it is "all" God, so why even bother using Satan as a scapegoat where God gives him the wink and the nod to go ahead with his dastardly deeds.

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  • 6 months ago

    Nobody really knows. Maybe it was to give Job one final test of his loyalty.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Satan doesn't have the power to kill anyone. To take the soul of one another is a test from God. God took the lives of the children of the Prophet Ayyoub, peace and blessings be upon him, and he did lose all of his children one by one, his health deteriorated, his handsome appearance deteriorated, lost his wealth, his society shunned or left him because of his illness except for his loyal wife and his other blessings from God were now as trials and tribulations and he had to be very patient for more than 10 years.

    Despite having such beautiful patience for the sake of God, this beloved noble Prophet of God was shy of God to even ask for help when he was facing all kinds of struggles and he himself couldn't move as much and his mobility was limited because he was so weak and very ill yet he still worshiped God.

    Eventually, this noble Prophet Ayyoub, peace and blessings be upon him, sought the mercy of God when he saw the condition his wife was in...when he found how his wife was able to get the finances to feed her poor husband. She used to cut and sell her long beautiful hair just to be able to feed her husband until her hair was very short. Her prophetic husband found out one day when he saw what happened to her hair since she wouldn't tell him where she got the money because no one was generous enough to hire her for labor when she tried to seek work from her own people and because people feared her husband's illness which shows there was a stigma against her husband. And another reason people feared I think it was because he was a Prophet of God as well.

    Finally, Prophet Ayyoub, peace and blessings be upon him, sought the Mercy and Compassion of God and it was granted to him when he made a famous supplication of mercy; the invocation of God's Mercy and he indeed said, "You are the Most Merciful". God granted him mercy and doubled His blessings for Prophet Ayyoub.

    The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was granted good health...God cured his illness and his skin condition, regained his beauty, his youthful appearance that his own wife couldn't recognize her own husband at first, God doubled his wealth, doubled the amount of children he originally had and life became better than ever for him, for his health, for his wife, for his new blessed children. The Prophet Ayyoub, peace and blessings be upon him, had 14 new children I found out.

    I believe Prophet Ayyoub, peace and blessings be upon him, truly mastered the beauty of patience and had a beautiful patience for sake of God. Most people are not very patient when they are facing adversity, the pressures of a difficult life, stigma, loneliness or abandonment, tight sustenance and loss of life or the loss of children.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    The righteous don’t really die, sweetie. 😎

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    They kept messing up god’s front yard and throwing raw eggs at his porch.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    That's his job

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    6 months ago

    Read the account, then you will understand

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Satan felt that job would turn against God by testing job .. God knew Job would never do that God basically turned job over to Satan to test his love.. I guess it was sort of a bet between God and Satan . God was right . Seems odd for God to do such a thing but he did.

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  • 6 months ago

    God was testing Job's faith. All believers undergo testing.

    • Kin
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      6 months agoReport

      you are correct

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