Why do bad things happen to good people? One of the oldest books in the Bible addresses this age-old question about suffering.
Job tells the story of a wealthy man who likely lived during the patriarchal period of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph in the land of Uz, southeast of the Dead Sea (Lamentations 4:21). In a cosmic contest between God and Satan, Job loses his wealth, health, and family.
The problem of pain and suffering in the world presents an irreconcilable challenge to many people’s faith. For some, this problem is personal not philosophical. Does the reality of pain and suffering stand in the way of your faith in God? If it does, you are not alone.