Pain and Suffering

It is only TEMPORARY

Quote 1 from The Book of Job

"One day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the eldest brother's house, a messenger came to Job and said, 'The oxen were ploughing and the donkeys were feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell on them and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.' While he was still speaking, another came and said, 'The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; I alone have escaped to tell you.' While he was still speaking, another came and said, 'The Chaldeans formed three columns, made a raid on the camels and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.' While he was still speaking, another came and said, 'Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house, and suddenly a great wind came across the desert, struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you." (NRSV 1:13-19)


This is when Job was finding out that his children, animals, and wealth had all been taken away from him in tragic "accidents". This is the perfect example of pain and suffering because what can be harder than losing everything you have in one moment.

Quote 2 from The Odyssey

(Menelaos:) "[….] no one of the Achaians labored as much as Odysseus labored and achieved, and for him the end was grief for him, and for me a sorrow that is never forgotten for his sake, how he is gone so long, and we knew nothing of whether he is alive or dead." (4.106-110)


This is when Menelaos was talking about all the suffering Odysseus was put through. He suffered just like Job except Odysseus' pain was more physical than mental.

Quote 3 from The Book of Job

"So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head." (NRSV 2:7)


Not only did Satan take Job's children, animals, and wealth but he went back for seconds. He added on sores from head to toe just trying to see if Job would forget his faith. No worries, Job's faith remained.

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