- It bothers me that two superior beings decided to torture a lesser being to see how much it could take. We would consider the behavior presented there to be sick if it were to happen in another circumstance (two kids torture a cat to hear it squeal).
- It bothers me that God basically got goaded into a cosmic pissing contest with someone who is evil. Does that not show poorly on him? Why should God give a rip what Satan thinks? (assuming Satan is the personification of evil we make him out to be)
- God put Job through that to win a bet. Could you imagine if you found out your father had killed your children, and tortured you, to prove to a colleague that you could keep it together. Notice that Job never knows what went on behind the scenes. Could you imagine what he would say if he knew. "You killed my children.... so you could win a bet??" Can you imagine how heart broken and betrayed he might feel?
- God tells Job he had no grounds to question Him. It is almost as if God realizes that He has been caught red handed, but can't apologize, so He gets verbally abusive with Job instead. That reaction seems pretty common amongst human fathers who have been caught in the wrong.
- Replacing my dead children with other children and material possessions could not be more offensive. Again, this strikes me as someone trying to make up for something they did wrong by overcompensating, but never confessing what they did.
- We are told that this is a story of the faithfulness of Job. Is it faithfulness? How many battered wives defend their abusive husbands? Often a battered wife tells the police "but he really does love me".
I saw this video on Youtube. It pretty much sums up how I feel about the book of Job.
I am not sure what to do with Job, so it sits on a shelf for me theologically. My best hope is that it never should have been canonized.