Arrows of God – Essays on Job, Paul, Kant, Augustine, Luther, Descartes, Bob Marley, and more (E-book) $2.99

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Gerhard Venter

God uses flawed people to achieve His purpose. He shoots a straight shot with a crooked arrow. This is a collection of essays about God’s crooked arrows throughout history.
This is a collection of theological essays about the people who, through the ages, have woven the rich tapestry of what we believe today. I write about Job’s rebellion against God; the countless miles traveled by Paul and his companions; Augustine’s struggle against the Donatists — about a host of theologians, reformers, and reprobates who formed our spiritual world.

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Job and the Arrows of the Almighty

The famous painting by William Blake: Job is rebuked by his friends.
The famous painting by William Blake: Job is rebuked by his friends.

This chapter comes with a warning. To the devoted Christian, this part of the book of Job contains some shocking language. Here Job, who has just lost all his possessions, his ten children, and his health, puts two and two together and realizes: God is behind this. All this couldn’t have happened to me, he reasons, without the will of God. But I haven’t done anything wrong, he says. There is only one conclusion, and Job makes it — God is being unjust. Job is angry, and Job rails against God. So let us examine this fascinating and challenging part of the Bible.

The Book of Job in the Old Testament tells the story of a rich and happy man whose livelihood and life were destroyed with the consent of God. As part of some sort of heavenly rivalry, God allowed the satan (“the adversary,” a celestial being, only later identified with the Christian Satan) to strike Job not only with the loss of all his possessions, for Job was a rich man, but also to kill his seven sons and three daughters, and to finally to affect his health by afflicting him from head to toe with painful boils.

In the beginning, Job takes these blows stoically, unbearable though they are, and still worships God. But when after all his misfortunes his health is ruined, he puts two and two together: this is no accident. His God has not only forsaken him, despite his lifelong piety, but is taking an active hand in his destruction.

How will Job deal with this? And how should a Christian?

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