I’m a fan of skepticism myself. Hell, I’m even skeptical of my own skepticism sometimes and even let myself accept something as tentatively true once in a while.
Even as a kid in Sunday School (methodist) I remember shaking my head at this story, but it was never really an emphasized one anyway.
Always liked Job though. That’s a story I found more relatable that was somewhat similar in focus.
But again, it’s fiction. Even when we learned it, they explained it was based on an older story (a borrowed story from another culture) that found its way in.
Anyway, I’m not going to argue the relative merits of contextual vs isolated readings of texts to ascertain meaning or what are best/worst conclusions to draw from.
Just sayin’ – fiction doesn’t take away from thought experiments, whatever conclusions one reaches.