The Book of James: simply right and simply wrong.
I haven’t spent much time on this blog going through particular books of the Bible. But sometimes it’s fun (do I have a strange sense of fun?), and it’s almost always worthwhile.
The Letter of James is one of the shorter books in the New Testament, 5 chapters, none very long. It doesn’t have any great stories. It doesn’t have any stories period. Yet, it’s popular, many readers seeming to regard it as a “sayings” source, like Proverbs. Yet, it’s not so simple. James has a thesis: good deeds are the substance of faith. He also makes a big mistake. Every horror is not a test of human faith. God should respect human limits in the tests he imposes. He explained himself to Job, but no more.