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. But this book is a really key book in understanding why suffering happens, and its answer sounds downright blunt and uncompassionate. But often the kindest thing we can do is give people the truth.
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