The And The Righteous Sufferer

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“Job and the Righteous Sufferer” The question “Why do bad things happen to good people?” has most likely been around for a very long time. It will always stay relevant as long as there are natural disasters killing so many people and making others suffer, many of them being innocent. There is no common factor found among all people that suffer great physical and emotional pain. It happens to people of all religions, ethnicities, and morality. Suffering does not seek out the guilty, it is just a part of life. Bad things happen to good people, because bad things happen to all people, so even the righteous can suffer, which is seen in “The Poem of the Righteous Sufferer, and The Book of Job. Suffering is just left up to the will, or…show more content…
He simply will never know their reasoning or their intention of allowing earthly events to unfold the way that they do (RS II:36-37). He says he does not understand the people who praise gods when things go well, but reject them as soon as things turn for the worse, which he also says can happen instantly (RS II:44-47). The speaker questions these hypocritical people, and seems to have a better grasp on the true nature of the gods than the average person. He knows that humans cannot understand the gods, and never will. Much of the same can be said about Job, the book’s eponymous character. Like Shubshi-meshre-Shakkan, he is a righteous man. God goes as far as to call him “a blameless and upright man” and says he is a one-of-a-kind worshipper (Job 1:8). He also endures great suffering, which all came as the result of Satan questioning if Job’s worshipping was true and pure (Job 1:10-11). God takes Satan up on this bet and allows him to cause make Job’s life miserable (Job 1:12). At first, Job stays a righteous man, but eventually he breaks down and curses his birth (Job 3). Job becomes exactly the type of person that Shubshi-meshre-Shakkan was talking about (someone who questions God in bad times), and his friend Eliphaz tells him that. He says, “Your words have supported those who were stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees. But now it has come to you, and you are impatient,” (Job 4:4-5). Eliphaz also believes Job’s suffering is a direct
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