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Suffering And Hope Essay

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Most people think that suffering is a random, natural part of life but in actuality suffering is a mechanism used by the gods to either teach humanity a less, or use it for their own selfish needs. Throughout the book of Job God, or Yahweh used suffering to prove to the Accuser that he was loyal to Him, and not only because God had given Job a blessed life. The Roman pagan gods used suffer for their own personal vendetta such as when Odysseus blinded the Cyclops, who was the son of the Roman god Poseidon, and to get back at Odysseus Poseidon created a storm so he could not get home to make him suffer his homesickness further. The Greek pagan gods also used suffering to their own person use, such as when Jupiter raped and transformed a girl into cow to hide what he had done from his wife. Having hope in the god you worship is a very important thing, because if that hope is lacking then when gods cause someone to suffer there is no hope of it getting better and no hope that their god will help. When the hope is there it gives the person a reason to have respect for their god or gods, and a reason to worship the them because when the person suffers they have hope that it will eventually get better and that their suffering is happening for a reason and not just because the gods are mad at them and not because the gods gave into some temptation they had. Although Yahweh and the Greek and Roman gods have different reasons of making humanity suffer, they are the ones who decide who suffers and who does not, whether the reason is of their own personal reasons, or if it is to prove a point.
In the book of “Job”, Job is a wealthy, God fearing man who is blameless, upright, and cautious of evil. Being proud of Job Yahweh boasted to the lesser gods, but the Accuser said to God, “Is Job God fearing for nothing? Look how You have sheltered him on all sides, him and his household and everything he has, and have blessed everything he does” (Page 67). The Accuser claimed that Job was only loyal to God because God had blessed him so much, and that Job would not have hope in God if he was to go through great suffering because for now Job had no reason to curse God or lose any hope in Him. The Accuser and God made a bet in which God allowed the Accuser to make Job suffer by killing his livestock, servants, and his ten children. Job had to go through all the pain and suffering of losing everything in his life just to prove God’s point that Job was loyal to Him. God allowed the Accuser to cause Job suffering for their own personal benefit; Job did not deserve the suffering he was forced to endure just to prove a point between the Accuser and God. Job knew he did not deserve all the suffering he was enduring he still had hope in Yahweh, after He came to speak with him and reassure Job not to lose hope in Him because He has a good reason in everything he does and in having hope in God it made it possible for Job to move on and know that what happened...

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