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Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job (Reasons to Believe): How the Oldest Book in the Bible Answers Today's Scientific Questions

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Answers in Job - A "Dangerous" Book

    Numerous commentaries have been written on the Book of Job, although most deal virtually exclusively on issues of human suffering and the sovereignty of God. Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe has written a book that examines the science content within the book of Job and how it explains creation. People often forget that God Himself addressed Job about His creation in chapters 38-41. Besides addressing questions of creation, Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job examines many questions common to both believers and non believers. For example, it shows that God is both immanent and transcendent. It also examines why death exists, why human lifetimes are relatively short, and what happens after death. It also examines the questions of why God blesses even the wicked and why bad things happen to good people. The book of Job also examines so-called "natural evil" or "acts of God." Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job also addresses future scientific discoveries and problems, including possible solutions for global warming, evolution, "bad design," the Big Bang origin of the universe, and cosmic darkness. No discussion of the book of Job would be complete without addressing how it solves controversies about creation among Bible believers. In fact, Job clearly addresses the bad interpretations of Genesis one offered by atheists and young earth creationists. For example, God tells us in the book of Job that the stars were in existence before the foundation of the earth, negating Michael Shermer's complaint that Genesis has them created at the same time. In addition, it tells us why the earth was dark in Genesis 1:2-God had created it surrounded by thick clouds that prevented the Sun's light from shining on the "surface of the deep." Job also addresses the atheists' problem with the creation of plants on day 3 "before the creation of the Sun." In addition, Job, along with Psalm 104, clearly shows that the flood was local in geography (though universal in judgment). Job also contradicts the young earth doctrine (though not universally held) that no rain had fallen on the earth before the flood. Job also shows that the earth is not eternal, but will be destroyed before the new creation. Job shows that animal death occurred before the fall of Adam (nearly all young earth creationists blame Adam's sin for forcing God to make some creatures carnivorous). Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job devotes several chapters to the uniqueness of humanity, along with the human spiritual nature, and the creation of animals to serve humanity. There is also a chapter on dinosaurs. Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job finishes with chapters related to our spiritual condition. Included is are chapters on the problem of suffering, and our greatest need (redemption from sin). In these chapters, as with the other chapters, Dr. Ross gives examples of encounters with the questions of skeptics. These examples point out how important it is to use the answers in Job to witness to unbelievers. Hidden Treasures in Job is a dangerous book to read to young earth creationists and skeptics, since it challenges their worldviews. However, for the Christian who believes the entire Bible, Job is indeed a treasure.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Fascinating exploration of science, faith and the Biblical book of Job

    Dr. Hugh Ross, well known old-earth creationist and president of Reasons to Believe, has given us a gem of a book with "Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job (Baker Books, 2011). The subtitle of the book explains its purpose: "How the oldest book in the Bible answers today's scientific questions."

    Dr. Ross is as well versed in the creation debate today as anyone, and he has devoted time and effort in combating godless, Darwinian evolution and countering the arguments of new atheists. With this book, he unpacks the myriad of ways the book of Job speaks to the question of origins and the meaning of life on earth.

    Job 38 describes God's creative activity directly, and Ross focuses in on this chapter. Yet he also discusses whether leviathan was a dinosaur, and what Job has to say about the extent of the Flood. Suffering, death, unique attributes of humans, the soulish nature of animals, the order of creation-these topics and more are covered.

    As Ross writes, he blends scientific insight (like just why Hurricanes are so beneficial to the climate of Earth), personal anecdotes and devotional thoughts from the book of Job in a fascinating and well-written way. The book is not so much an extended defense of Ross's scientific positions, but a manual filled with interesting tidbits that will get you thinking and encourage you to keep studying, and to mine the book of Job for treasures yourself.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Reasons to Believe. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

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    Hugh Ross is dynamic in these times of Biblical doubt

    I have just about everything Dr. Ross has printed, either paper or ebook. Hugh Ross is a man of Science (Astrophysicist) who provides an urgently needed reconcilliation between Science and the Bible. You will be amazed when you read how much of the Creaton history of God, provided through His inspired WORD, is clearly supported by Science past and present. Be sure to order; :The Creator and the Cosmos, The Fingerprint of God" just to name a couple.

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