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Posted by Richard Ruquist on March 15, 2002 14:48:53 UTC

1. i already mentioned the light/dark one. so did mike.

2. 38:8 who shut up the sea with doors when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb.

3. 38:12 hast thou commanded the mornings since thy days and caused the dayspring to know its place. 13 that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked may be shaken out of it.

4. 38:24 by what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?

5. 38:28 hast the rain a father

6. 38:29 out of whose womb came ice?

7. 38:35 canst thou send lightenings?

8. 39:9 will the unicorn be willing to serve thee?

Basically in all the above, the being claiming to be god is also claiming resposibility for everything that happens- like god produces ice from himself, and is the father of rain, and sends lightening.

We now know from science that all such things happen naturally without any need for an intelligent being to intercede. In those days, nature was not understood and it was thought that such an intelligence was needed.

But beyond that claim, we can see some fundamental misunderstandings of nature- like that light can scatter wind, or that the existence of day and night can shake the wicked, or that the sea came into existence like the birth of a mammal, or even that unicorns exist.

So the basic understanding of the world 2,000-3,000 years ago attributed almost every event to god and 8understood such events as the intercession of intelligence to make things happen. We know now that such thing happen automatically in accordance with the laws of nature and that much of what happens is random. There is no element of randomness in the scripture of Job.



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