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Must God Test Us?


Believers often say that God is testing us.

Everything bad can be explained as a test of one’s faith. “My family died, they had to cut off my legs and now I’m blind as well… It must be God testing me.”

Why would He have to test anyone? He is all knowing.

He does not need to tempt or test anyone with anything. He knows all the possible outcomes in advance.

As the story goes, there was an extremely righteous man named Job, who was very prosperous and had seven sons and three daughters. Constantly fearing that his sons may have sinned and “cursed God in their hearts”, he habitually offered burnt offerings as a pardon for their sins. The “sons of God” and Satan (literally “the adversary”) present themselves to God, and God asks Satan his opinion on Job.

Satan answers that Job is pious only because God has put a “wall around” him and “blessed” His favorite servant with prosperity, but if God were to stretch out his hand and strike everything that Job had, then he would surely curse God. God gives Satan permission to test Job’s righteousness.

All of Job’s possessions are destroyed; the 500 yoke of oxen and 500 donkeys carried off by Sabeans, the 7000 sheep were burned up by ‘The fire of God which fell from the sky,’ the 3000 camels were stolen by the Chaldeans and the house of the firstborn collapsed, due to a mighty wind, killing all of Job’s offspring, but Job does not curse God, but instead shaves his head, tears his clothes and says, “Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return: Lord has given, and Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of Lord.”

Once again, why a test in the first place? Wouldn’t God have already known the answer to Satan’s question? Can God really be that petty that he would have allowed Satan to tempt Him?

Once again we see the sociopathic behavior of “God”.

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2 comments on “Must God Test Us?

  1. David
    July 19, 2012

    God does not test us with a wicked act James 1:13 .(its wrong for any one to say claim its Gods plan) . In case of job he was of the view that no man can be obedient to god out of nothing and that job was being bribed to be obedient so he allowed satan to test his integrity . Thereis a big difference between allowing and causing . Yet he doUes not allow satan to test us beyond what we can bear 1corinthian 10:13.
    I agree with writer asking why does he test when he already know. the answer is he doesn’t have to do that he allowed him to answer to his allegetion before other sons who were watching.so can man be obedient to God without bribery as alleged by satan the answer is a big yes.

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  2. David
    July 19, 2012

    It’s not petty as the question of faithfulness is paramount between God and man.

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