In previous segments, I deconstructed pretty much all the arguments supporting tithing for New Testament Saints and deconstructed the arguments for prohibiting women from serving as pastors and leaders. In this installment I want to take on a subject that has silently taken over a large portion of mainstream Christianity.
Jobian theology comes from the premise that what happened to Job is greater than the finished work of Christ. Now, no Christian would ever admit to subscribing to such foolishness, but their words and deeds contradict this. By definition, a “Christian” is someone who aspires to be “like Christ.” However, many “Christians” when evaluating their own lives and circumstances, see themselves more “like Job” than “like Christ,” hence, “Jobians.”
Job is the “poster boy” for religion. Whenever someone has to explain why bad things happen to good people, religious apologists run to Job.
First to level-set, the common assumption is that God granted permission to satan to afflict Job. Nothing could be further from the truth. First of all, God was not setting Job up to be knocked out-of-the-park by satan. The question in Job 1:8 “Have you considered my servant, Job,” could be better translated “Hast thou set thine heart on,” or “Hast thou given thine attention to.” In other words, God was asking the devil why did he have his heart set on Job.
satan saw the blessing on Job’s life and thought Job served God only because he was blessed. In fact, satan’s strategy was to get God to afflict Job. It is important to note here that when Job was afflicted, it was satan, and not God, who afflicted him.
Another thing to note is how satan approached God about this. He showed up at a time when the sons of God (angels) were gathering at the throne.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them (Job 1:6).
He tried to conceal himself among the heavenly host. There’s a lesson to be learned from this: that everyone among you isn’t with you!
More to come in my upcoming book, “Deconstructing Religion”
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