Quote: Originally Posted by Dexter Sinister
It was done with god's connivance and approval, it was in the nature of a bet between them about how Job would behave under duress, and it cost Job everything he valued.
It was a test rather than a bet. True followers are not there because of the material wealth God gives a person, that is how the time before the flood was and that is how the coming 42 months will be when Satan is given 3 1/2 years to do the same thing he was doing before the flood.
As part of your theme that, 'Satan wasn't so bad.' are you going to mention that Noah and his wife and 3 sons were the only 5 fingered people left alive on the planet before God halted the extermination program that was designed to kill all 5 fingered people so the 'seed of Eve' that is associated with the two bruises from Ge:3:15.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven,
and did cast them to the earth:
and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered,
for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
When people are tested in the coming days how many will curse God in order to please Satan?? For the record Job ended up with twice as much material wealth as he started with. God also saw Job as knowing next to nothing about God even though he was 'favored' by the way he lived his life. How many members here have already cursed God? Answer, all have and they will reap the reward that goes with it.
think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened unto you:
inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings;
when his glory shall be revealed,
ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ,
happy are ye; f
or the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:
on their part he is evil spoken of,
but on your part he is glorified.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer,
or as a thief,
or as an evildoer,
or as a busybody in other men's matters.
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian,
let him not be ashamed;
but let him glorify God on this behalf.
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us,
what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And if the righteous scarcely be saved,
where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?