Job 1:21 – “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Not everyone thinks this famous confession, uttered by Job after all his sons and daughters had perished, is good theology.
Ben Witherington, whose daughter tragically died in 2012, wrote this:-
This reflects Ben’s Arminianism, but it does not accurately reflect what the book of Job is actually saying. Andy Naselli paraphrases the teaching of the book on this point:-
- Meanwhile, unknown to Job, Satan joins the sons of God (apparently God’s angels) when they present themselves before God, and God initiates a discussion with Satan about Job (Job 1:6–8).Satan accuses Job of serving God merely because God has blessed Job, and God gives Satan permission to test Job but not touch him (Job 1:9–12).