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Christian scripture question?

What is your interpretation of this scripture:
Job 12: 7- 8
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.
Because it sure sounds like animism to me. Practicing shamanism. 🙂
Slice314. I’m asking for your interpretation of the scripture. Not your opinion of mine. 🙂


  1. Many times in scripture men, who are imperfect and often times wrong, are quoted. This scripture is simply a recording of what JOB himself was saying to some people and not NECESSARILY what God was trying to say. The bible also records some of the lies that satan has said, so do you mean to tell me that the Word is somehow advocating them too? No this is simply a recording of what was said. God Bless

  2. It certainly is not animism. It is the Jewish belief that God “speaks” to mankind through His creation. Job illustrates the same principle repeated by the writer of Romans:
    Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

  3. These are figures of speech, which are common in the Bible.
    Verses 9 and 10 hold the answer.
    Who among all these does not know
    that the hand of the LORD has done this?
    In his hand is the life of every living thing
    and the breath of all mankind.
    This piece of scripture is telling you to look to the animal kingdom, or to the earth, or to the sea for the answer to the question “Did God make the world?” The answer is yes.

  4. This part of Scripture is meant to be read as a metaphor.It mainly states to be observers of what God has created so we can give reverence to God.

  5. I think that the magnitude of creation speaks for itself. God can be found in a leaf or one could meditate on the entire image of earth from the vantage point of space. This is the overall message.
    not shamanism or animism. I’m laughing. ..

  6. i think it is telling us that we should learn from the animals in how they praise God. Like the birds singing early in the morning!
    its not talking literally…if you take it that way you will never understand the scripture

  7. I find it interesting that so many people are saying “God didn’t say that. That’s just Job’s opinion.” Yet what Paul wrote in letters to churches about sexual “perverts” is used as evidence that God said he hates homosexuals. Funny how the Bible is always used to back up people’s opinions no matter what it actually says.
    As for animism in the book of Job, I don’t see that it necessarily references the beliefs of animism, but simply the wisdom of guidance from nature. There is, however, a strong connection.
    Christians tend to despise beliefs like animism, but then again, their god obviously didn’t like Job in the slightest considering what he did to him out of pure ego, so I’m guessing Job couldn’t be considered a reference for God’s thoughts and opinions.


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