jtrhart

Job the Apologist

In apologetics, creation on November 27, 2007 at 11:09 pm

SupernovaI was going through the book of Job today, honestly one of my favorite books of the Bible, and stopped on a particular passage (Job 12:7-11):

7″But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
8″Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
9″Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
10In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
11″Does not the ear test words,
As the palate tastes its food?

What caused me to stop here was Job’s apologetic, arguing for the sovereignty of God, which can be used to argue for the existence of God. Job goes about this by looking at nature and seeing God through it. This is commonly referred to as the argument from nature or creation and usually is meant to appeal to an unbeliever’s recognition that things in nature appear to have been created due to their commonality, beauty, and intricate inner-workings.

Beginning with verses 7 and 8, Job says that we should ask the beasts, birds, fish, and the earth itself who has done all of these things, who holds the very breath of life? Obviously Job isn’t telling his friends to go and speak to the animals or the physical earth. Job is saying that they should observe, question, and investigate nature and, using human reasoning, figure out where things came from. He is saying, “look around, everything you see has clearly been created.”

Then in verse 9, Job says, “Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this,” and from these we are left with some interesting questions. Job is saying that there isn’t anything we see that doesn’t lead us to a knowledge of a creator, but certainly some things today are difficult for the Christian community to explain. I have heard some good theories on dinosaurs, stars that have the appearance of exploding millions of years ago, carbon-dating, etc. but none are really nailed-down yet and this is a major hang-up for a lot of the more scientific unbelieving community. Job is saying that there is nothing created that will not testify of its creator.

Do we believe this? Do we believe, as verse 10 says, that God holds the lives of every living thing in His hand and that if He so chooses He can remove the very breath of life that was given? In other words, do we believe that God did create the dinosaurs within the timespan given in Genesis? Do we believe that He gave them life or possibly that He gave them life and removed their breath instantly as I’ve heard some apologists explain it? Verse 11 says that our ears should test every word they hear just as the mouth tastes all of the food it eats. Have you ever tried to not taste your food? We should be testing the words we hear from the scientific community as well as from the philosophic community and stacking up our case against those words. I don’t think these difficult questions will go away, they will continue to come up as we speak with those who do not believe in a creator.

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