An open mind is like an open mouth: Every now and then it must bite down on something solid.
Posted 21 April 2004 - 07:57 PM
Man in Mudboots,
I fail to see how the Job story "proves" the theory that God and satan are cool with one another. As stated in a previous conversation with Psychic Penguin, the issues concerning satan in Job aren't the most clear-cut in the world. But it's quite a leap to say that what the two opening chapters of Job describe is some sort of relationship between God and satan. Also, if you want another Old Testament instance where satan is standing before God and speaking evil against another of God's servants, you can check out Zechariah chapter 3. God addresses satan most explicitly and reads him the riot act.
Also, satan means "adversary" in Hebrew, and this is how Hebrew theologians understood him. In fact, early Christians got their views on the devil/satan from their Hebrew predecessors. True, Job's initial chapters haven't been the easiest piece of Old Testament literature to interpret, even for Jewish scholars. However, many do believe satan to be an evil being whom God opposes and who opposes God.
If truth is not a matter of majority vote, neither is it a matter of minority dissent.
I fail to see how the Job story "proves" the theory that God and satan are cool with one another. As stated in a previous conversation with Psychic Penguin, the issues concerning satan in Job aren't the most clear-cut in the world.
i dont mean prove, really, Mr. trublvr, thats just the only word i could think of. anyway, i meant that """"" for a christian"""""", the stories in Job are smooth with the idea that all things end up serving as God's means, even Satan and his evil. thats all. do notice that i put the owrd proves in a set of astrisks.