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46. Trials and Tribulations
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The concept that God puts people through trials is the most debated idea in the entire Bible. (III, 24) Most people assume (incorrectly) that God afflicts individuals not in response to their own sins but to provide them with an opportunity to earn reward. Trials are discussed six places in the Torah but only one […]
45. Suffering, as per the Book of Job
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The ideas we have been discussing – man’s free will, God’s omniscience and providence – in short, why bad things happen to good people – are also the theme of the Biblical book of Job. [III, 22] The Rambam subscribes to the Talmudic opinion that Job never existed and that his story is basically a […]