Its subject matter is the all-important question, "Why, in a world over which Yahweh has jurisdiction, should innocent persons have to suffer when at the same time the wicked escape suffering and are permitted to have comfort and security?
Lucia appears and carries the dreaming Dante to the threshold of this realm of forgiveness, accomplishing for him what would have been, if left to his own ability, impossible.
The pilgrim Dante awakes and finds himself blinded by the unbearable light of the angel guarding the gate to Purgatory. Dante has no recourse to his faith, nor to his works, his artistry, or his devotion.
It is only because God is merciful that he may enter and ascend. And this gift of mercy is never far from my mind, whether in my own spiritual life, my research, or in my teaching. This past semester I was fortunate to be able to teach two of my favorite texts.
In his slim, spiritually rich, and theologically important book, On Job: The Book of Job, of course, begins with a wager that ought to make the most upright and faithful among us shutter. Job, although patient for a while, eventually curses the very day he was born and demands justice from a God who seems to be acting unjustly.
His friends compassionately try to help him understand what has happened and therefore be able to bear it—as understanding often brings fortitude. Indeed, even in one who has the faith of Job, bad theology can do much damage; for the rest of us, it can be devastating.
For the idea that God rewards our faith and worship is tempting to those of us who believe in our own faith and are confident in the righteousness of our worship. Here, blessings, and ultimately heaven, is the reward for a life of faith.
The Book of Job puts into crisp relief the human desire to look at the suffering of others and insist that they must have done something to bring it upon themselves, and thereby secure myself against the possibility of such misery.
And if that were not enough, any suffering we, the supposed righteous, undergo is therefore unjust and asserts itself as a direct challenge trusting God. How do we speak well of God?
How ought we understand God so that God might be known to be just in light of unjust suffering? It is, in this sense, a richly theological book—that is, a book about the language we use to talk about the holy mystery that is the beginning and end of all of creation.
And it is my assertion that while there may or may not be much mercy on clear display in the Book of Job, the book itself is a revelation of mercy for us. It invites us to join with Job and to reject a poor, blasphemous, and ultimately idolatrous image of God: If there is no alternative to the doctrine of temporal retribution, then for someone who has experiences what Job has experienced, the conclusion is inevitable: Instead of a God who loves us in response to what we do, Job encounters the God who created and sustains everything ex nihilo.
All that exists—of course Job and us included—does so for no other reason than the sheer love that is the very life and being of God. The world of nature expresses the freedom and delight of God in creating.In Gutierrez’s analysis on the book of Job, the justice of God seems to be the primary issue of his argument.
Throughout his argument he justifies that God’s way of doing things is outside the comprehension of the human mind. On Job (God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent) [Gustavo Gutierrez, Matthew O'connell] on timberdesignmag.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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In his slim, spiritually rich, and theologically important book, On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent (a gift given to me by my friend and colleague, Jessica Wrobleski), Gutiérrez presents a reading of Job that is rooted in a faith in the inexhaustible, if often ineffable, always-already active mercy of God.
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