The Blunt Answer of Job to the Problem of Suffering

Reading through the book of Job recently, I was struck once again with how different the book’s answers are to our questions about why things happen, especially suffering, than the way we answer those questions ourselves.

Compassion is a good thing, and we certainly ought to show compassion- to weep with those who weep, to bear each other’s burdens. ┬áBut this book is a really key book in understanding why suffering happens, and its answer sounds downright blunt and uncompassionate. ┬áBut often the kindest thing we can do is give people the truth.

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