>What about Job?

>There are a couple major Christian worldviews in our culture. The most predominate is what Greg Boyd calls the “blueprint worldview”. This can be defined as: The view that everything in world history follows a divine “blueprint”. This worldview produces language like, “There is a reason for everything” and “God controls everything”. Calvinism, for example, follows this line of thinking, but this worldview is not limited to Calvinism alone. Even outside of the realm of TULIP, most of the Western Christian culture has adopted one form of this blueprint worldview or another. In this view, if God did not ordain all things, He, at least, specifically allowed it.

In contrast to that worldview, the “warfare worldview” might be defined as: the view that our world is engaged in a cosmic war between a myriad of agents, both human and angelic, that have aligned themselves with either God or Satan.

Quoting Greg Boyd from his website:
“While Scripture emphasizes God’s ultimate authority over the world, it also emphasizes that agents, whom God has created, can and do resist his will. Humans and fallen angels are able to grieve his Spirit and to some extent frustrate his purposes (e.g. Gen. 6:6; Isa. 63:10; Luke 7:30; Acts 7:51; Eph. 4:30; Heb. 3:8, 15; 4:7). Scripture refers to this myriad of other angels and humans who refuse to submit to God’s rule as a rebel kingdom (Matt. 12:26; Col. 1:13; Rev. 11:15), and identifies the head of this rebellion as a powerful fallen angel named Satan. It is clear that God shall someday vanquish this rebel kingdom, but it is equally clear that in the meantime, He genuinely wars against it.

This prominent biblical motif expresses what I call the “warfare worldview.” The world is caught up in a spiritual war between God and Satan. Unlike the blueprint worldview, the warfare worldview does not assume that there is a specific divine reason for what Satan and other evil agents do. To the contrary, God fights these opponents precisely because their purposes are working against his purposes.”

I am in support of the warfare worldview.

Inevitably, when I’m discussing these opposing ideas with friends, co-workers, family, facebook friends etc., the question that always comes up is, “What about Job?”

In the next post, I’ll post a few excerpts from “Is God to Blame?” and a few comments of my own on Job.

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2 responses to “>What about Job?

  • Dave

    >Thanks for the post. Don’t we see both at play? The big picture is settled, we see the end of the story, we know how this age culminates.God not only allows bad stuff happen like with Job but even takes credit like in Joel. The locust plague and the Babylonian army are both orchestrated by God. (Joel 1:15 and 2:11)

  • Kurt

    >Dave, see follow up post for further explanation.

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