Poured-out Milk?

Job 10:9-10—”The Bible here plagiarizes incorrect science from Aristotle that man is made like poured-out milk and curdled cheese.”

This passage is recording Job’s complaint to God, in which Job also falsely claims to know God’s innermost thoughts. God responds to Job as follows:

Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:”Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand…” (Job 38:1-4)

The scriptures are clear that Job has spoken without understanding, wrongly presuming to know ‘Ilm-e-ghaib, the hidden truths of creation. Job then repents, and God honors him for it. So it is obvious that we cannot say that the Bible teaches incorrect science any more than we can claim that God teaches that “Ezra is the son of Allah” in the Qur’ān. These statements are reported in both books as being from certain human beings only, but are not the authoritative teaching of God.

As for the accusation of plagiarism, Aristotle lived in the 4th century BC while Job was written at least a century earlier. If there was any plagiarism, it must have been the opposite way.

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