>I’ve been blogging here about differences between a Warfare Worldview and a Blueprint Worldview. Two distinct worldviews that propose different, even, at times, opposite ideas about how God relates to His creation.
Are we in a war? Or a blueprint? When the Bible talks about spiritual warfare, are we to assume that it is God’s “puppet show”? Is God playing both sides?
When these kind of questions come up people always ask the infamous question, “What about Job?”
Does the story of Job support the Blueprint Worldview?
In Greg Boyd’s book, “Is God to blame?”, chapter 4 entitled, “Complexity and War”, pages 85-102 he addresses the question of Job and gives some interesting insight, opting for a Warfare Worldview perspective on Job.
If you remember the prologue, the satan (adversary) comes up among the “sons” (presumably other angels) of God and accuses God that the only reason Job is upright is because God has protected Job. The challenge is put forth to God that if He would take away the protection that Job would curse God. The question is would man live for God even in the face of tragedy. God removes the “hedge” of protection and the satan reeks havoc on Job’s life. Job looses his family, everything he owns and eventually his own health, but refuses to curse God for it.
Job’s “friends” seem to have a kind of blueprint worldview, basically telling Job that God must be disciplining him for good reason. If they were 21st century Christians, they’d be saying, “God is in control of everything and everything happens for a reason.”
Job also has a kind of blueprint worldview. He views His situation as God arbitrary and detached kind of rule of the universe. He seems to think that God has pretty much abandon him and left things to go on without regard to his situation. If Job was a 21st century Christian he might say, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.”
Through it all the satan is proved wrong. Job keeps his heart right toward God through out all the difficulty and his misguided theology.
The book climaxes with God coming in the whirlwind to correct Job’s friend’s and Job’s theology about Him. God points to human ignorance about an incredibly complex creation. Boyd claims that Job 40-41 monsters are cosmic evils that God faces. (hmm… maybe) Most importantly God does not point to the fact that He is the controller of all things, but rather that creation is vast and complex and who are you to inform me about things? Where were you (Job) when I created the universe? Read chapters 38-41
The prologue (Chapters 1-2) can easily be understood as a confrontation between God and Satan, and a severe testing to prove the point that man is capable of loving God, not just for what man gets out of the relationship. You would be hard pressed to assume that Job’s unique situation is modus operandi for all of created order.
Who knows if Satan had a “right” to “sift Job like wheat”? Needless to say, the narrative locates the mystery in the vastness and complexity of creation and not in the will and character of God.