Why I pray by C Fred Alford

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Why I pray

Extract:

.  On the one hand, when I look around the world and see so much suffering and misery, I can only believe in the God of Job.  The God who created the universe out of formless matter (not ex nihilo; that’s Genesis not Job), not for our satisfaction, but for His.  Or as the liberation theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez puts it about the God of Job,

the speeches of God have brought home the fact that human beings are not the center of the universe and that not everything has been made for their service (p. 74)

Along with many theologians, I hold that Job 42:10-17 was an addition by later redactors to encourage the faithful.  The Book ends with Job despising himself for his arrogance in questioning God, not with God rewarding his faith

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