Reflection. Why do the righteous suffer ? By Fabian Massa

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

There is a question that has remained unanswered always: Why do the righteous suffer ? In the collective unconscious [1 ] is set to the belief that the righteous should be good and bad evil. In all ancient cultures the gods reward the good and punish the bad , considering that the value of good or bad is not always consistent with the biblical concept of good and evil .

For anyone who has read the book of Job , the question " Why all this could have happened if Job was a good man ? " is practically required .

On a religious level as that of the three friends of Job, it was inconceivable that a just pass him such tremendous calamities. According to his way of thinking (which is still in force in society and in the Church even today , 4,000 years later ) Job was hiding a dark past and sinful in the extreme , the only way to justify the "punishment" of God about his life .

However, the book of Job teaches us also to the "fair and bad sections of " dire things happen without implying necessarily a punishment from God . But the believer , when he is overwhelmed by a severe test, is when looking for the comfort and love of God and it is in this context that the evil that is for destruction becomes a way of strengthening the faith of the righteous [2 ] , as Job said " ( God ) I will try and come forth as gold " (Job 23.10)

At the end of all their doubts , Job finally reaches a greater revelation of God , he confessed to the Lord : " My ears had heard you , but now my eye sees you and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42.5 ) Job learned that he could not understand God as much as I wanted and I tried a thousand times : as men are limited . However, the recognition of this limitation , this weakness and trust in God was what made ​​him stronger spiritually , God is glorified in limiting Job !

Personally, the book of Job was a blessing . In chapter 2 , God considers Job a ' perfect and upright man , who fears God and shuns evil " The Lord values ​​his servant Job, though Job has many things to improve . Job has a religious life and ordained , but beneath the trusted appearance hides a fear :

25 . For the fear that has me frightened me ,
And me what I feared happened .

And that fear is not allowed to be trusted in the Lord , and live in peace and quiet .

26. I have had no peace , not sure , or I rested ;
However, trouble came . Job 3.24 - 25 RV 60

His orderly and religious life hid a poor relationship with the Lord. Only in the last chapters of the book he has a dialogue with God, hear his voice and get your education and recognizing that ends before all this calamity God only knew of " hearsay "

So when I understood this, I realized I was confusing the " pray to God " with the monologue with asking him to bless me , I keep it , I prosper , promotes me , save my wife , help her, the sound has I save your work , home, me, me , me, me , meeeeee ( like sheep ) ...... and did not take time to hear what He wanted to teach .
So from that time to this part I tried to hear his voice, to capture their thinking. I remember one night I asked for the umpteenth time . " Please tell me what you want from me , that I can do with my poor humanity ? And that night when I opened my Bible to read a little before going to sleep , as they say the ancient prophets , then came the word of the Lord unto me, saying :

" 12 " And now , Israel , what doth the Lord thy God ? Just to be afraid and to walk in all his ways , to love him and serve him with all your heart and with all your soul , 13 and comply with the commandments and precepts that sends you meet today , that it may go well " . Dt 10.12 NIV .

God just wants you to want to have a relationship with Him


[ 1] The collective unconscious is a term coined by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung , who postulated the existence of a common substrate for human beings of all times and places in the world , consisting of primitive symbols with a content expressed of the psyche that is beyond reason .
[2 ] Romans 8:28 - 29: All things work together for good to those who trust in God .


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