“Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his maker?” (Job 4:17).

Eliphaz' double-barrelled question is rhetorical; he expects the answer to be an emphatic negative. God is ever righteous, and our righteousness and purity is always a poor relation to the absolute virtue of divinity. Our frequent outrage at evil and inequity stands on God’s prior justice and goodness. Woody Allen said that, “God is not very good at his job.” Really? On what basis does Woody make his assessment of the Almighty? With no God, good and evil are equal values, and Mr. Allen is just whistling in the dark!

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