Joseph and Job

August 27th, 2003

As we all know, these stories, “Joseph,” and “Job,” are very important works of literature. They are very important in the respect that they have touched many people’s lives and have caused people to make decisions based on the faith(s) that come from them. Each person on this Earth has faith in one thing or another. And this faith we have, no matter what it may be, causes us to do things for those faiths. When I begin to think on the troubles that have racked this planet for centuries, it seems as though the majority of it all takes root in religion.

This excerpt from the King James Bible is very well written.  I am used to reading works like this since I am a notorious Shakespeare freak. The rich use of language is apparent in every line. The people who wrote this certainly knew how to depict the stories in an eloquent and expressive manner. I think Joseph is in many ways similar to the characteristics that Jesus is famed to have had, such as a forgiving disposition. Joseph was pretty much betrayed by his family, and yet he didn’t set out on a lifelong quest to avenge himself. With Job, that poor man went through so many tests of faith it seemed at times exceedingly cruel.

I was raised a Catholic from a Hispanic family. My family is from Chile, and I am descended from a long line of pious Catholic and Jewish individuals from Spain, Germany, Turkey, and the Former Yugoslavia. I, along with my mother, am Atheist. Why should we hold such different beliefs from those of our family? Evidence. I believe in evolution because we have the evidence to support it.  The Old Testament states that “God created Man in his own image,” if this were so, why isn’t God depicted as an ape? For science has shown us conclusive evidence that throughout time we have evolved into what we are today, and that we are still evolving.

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