When Joel Achenbach wrote his fascinating book Why Things Are he whimsically added a subtitle: "Answers to Every Essential Question in Life." The sub-title was, of course, written in jest. The book answers such essential questions as "Why Are Yawns Contagious?" "Why Doesn't Air Fall to the Ground?" and "Why Do Foreign Languages Sound So Fast?"

The book is great fun for bedtime reading, but misses the really essential questions. They are: "If A Man Dies Shall He Live Again?" "Does God pervert justice?" "How Can Man Be Righteous Before God?" Those are all questions from the book of Job. Some say it is the oldest book in the Bible. Some say the book of Job asks the questions that the rest of the Bible answers. In any case we'd all agree that only the Bible answers every essential question in life.