JOB AND GOD

BY FRANCO BERARDI “BIFO”

In November 2009 Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldmann Sachs declared in an interview to the Sunday Times: “I’m doing God’s work.” Several days later he indicated that he regretted that remark and said he had intended it as a joke. Of course it is a joke, we know that Mr. Blankfein has not a white beard and is not surrounded by Angels in the Seventh Heaven. But we are smart enough to understand what Mr. Blankfein was meaning by jokingly saying that his work is the work of God. He was simply meaning that what happens on Earth is supervised by Him (Blankfein) and his collaborators.

God started consulting for the Greek state in 2002. Even before Goldman Sachs entered the picture in 2002, Greece was already cooking the books. To qualify for admission to the EU in 2001, the country had to achieve a budget deficit of not more than 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in line with the Maastricht requirements. The requirement was met “with the help of blatant balance sheet cosmetics”. “One time, gigantic military expenditures were left out, and another time billions in hospital
debt.” Yes, gigantic military expenditures. Greece is actually buying weapons and fight airplanes. Guess who is the supplier? German military industries of course.

In the following years Goldmann Sachs consultants (Mario Monti, just to name one of them) punished the Greeks because they had followed the suggestions of Goldmann Sachs. The President Papandreou was fired overnight after proposing a referendum, and was replaced by a Goldmann Sachs consultant named Papademos. In the following years Greeks have been pushed into an abyss of misery and violence. They have deserved it, because God does his job as He likes. Look at what happened in the land of Uz.

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This
was Job’s regular custom. One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Have you noticed that Argentinians are coming to our European lands to bring the word of God? Cardinal Bergoglio came to Rome preaching the virtues of poverty, and other Argentinians who survived the 2001 apocalypse are supplying starving Europeans with 5 Euros bills.

Praise to God.

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