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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Job and Real-life

“As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.(James 5:10-11)

If Job is just a make-believe story, nothing more than an allegory to make a spiritual point, then why did St. James refer to the man as an example of faith, hope, and confidence in God despite his horrendous tragedies?

Why can’t some theologians and apologists just let the simple words of the text speak for themselves? Why must they dissect the plain sense of Scripture into meaninglessness and futility for those of us who NEED to know we can follow the real-life examples of real-life people who determined to trust God, despite their desperate real-life trials?

When we start to needlessly allegorize Scripture, where do we stop? The Exodus from Egypt? The Virgin Birth? Feeding the Five Thousand? The Resurrection of Jesus?

Christian, I appeal to you! Ignore the so-called wise and learned teachers of Scripture who emasculate the Scriptures. Let the Holy Spirit Himself teach you, just as Jesus promised He would do for all who asked Him for guidance. (See John 14:26).

The Holy Spirit will always tell us the truth.

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