Job utters his famous soundbite:
The LORD giveth, and the LORD taketh away.
Problem is, according to the story in the Bible, he was wrong.
The devil did all the taking. God did not lift a finger to take.
“Allow” and “take” are two different verbs.
There are many cases like this in the Bible, where a particular individual has a “perspective problem” (i.e. doesn’t see the whole picture), and voices it.
Thus, the person is “in error” in an inerrant book.
Now, for the record, I am a strident supporter of Biblical inerrancy. For a lot of reasons. But that’s the topic of another post.
The problem is, these “problematic” sound-bites have legs, and get quoted. For instance, Job’s quote is a central verbal phrase in the classical Anglican funeral liturgy. Cranmer, the Book of Common Prayer, and all that.
Have a good look at the bottom of the gravestone above.
There are lots of other examples of catchy non-role-model-thought throughout the Bible. The most famous one is Job’s wife: Curse God and die.
What are your thoughts on this?