Post by Mike Miller on Feb 5, 2014 10:53:03 GMT -5
We should read narrative (including dialogue) as a factual report of what happened. However, we do not need to take words or actions as normative or doctrinally accurate. Job's friends gave him a lot of bad advice. That does not mean that everything they said was necessarily bad. Therefore, I would say that we would ask whether statements such as the one you cited align with the rest of Scripture. If so, then perhaps something true was uttered. Nevertheless, if I were going to give biblical advice, I would not use the words of Eliphaz (who also gave bad advice), but I would point to other passages of Scripture (such as Proverbs 3:12), which we can always take at face value.