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    I think most people, on some level, want to believe there's justice to the universe. And at some point in our lives, everyone has heard of or witnessed a grave injustice, accident, or event and wondered "why?"

    Every time I'm at a hospital and I see a child born with genetic abnormalities or suffering from some crippling condition, I think about how unfair it is that they'll probably never experience the world the way most of us will. Some won't live long enough to have a first kiss or fall in love, and their parents will never watch them graduating high-school or college. And it makes you angry to realize just how fundamentally unfair it is.

    I've always found the Book of Job the most fascinating book of the Bible, since it's the Bible's attempt to answer the Problem of Evil. The usual caricature of Job is that of a person who's "patient" and faithful. But the Job of the Bible is also angry & wants to know why the horrible things are happening to him.

    "How long will you torment me and crush me with words? Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me. If it is true that I have gone astray, my error remains my concern alone. If indeed you would exalt yourselves above me and use my humiliation against me, then know that God has wronged me and drawn his net around me. "Though I cry, 'I've been wronged!' I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice."

    -Job 19:2-7

    Part of the Book of Job's answer seems to be that suffering exists, because the adversities of life are necessary for growth.

    The second half of that answer is the writer of the Book of Job doing what writer Larry Gelbart does in 'Oh, God!'; basically answering the question of the Problem of Evil by having God not directly answer the question.

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