Theologian: Today, I’d like to read a passage of God’s Sovereignty. It comes from the book of Job. Watch this:
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Even though all this bad happened, look at the righteousness of Job. He did not sin. And God preserved his life. Isn’t that amazing? And when Job had suffered, God rewarded him for his suffering.
Heathen: Pastor, it seems to me that God is OK with evil. He allowed it and was fine with Satan destroying everything but Job’s life. Seems to me that God is evil since he’s a party to it.
Theologian: That’s just bad theology. People like to blame God for all kinds of things, but God cares about you.
Heathen: But, he cared about Job too and took away his family. That doesn’t seem like a loving thing to do to me. It seems horrible. It doesn’t even seem like it was Satan’s idea. It was God who asked Satan to consider His servant Job. It’s like he orchestrated that bad would come his way.
Theologian: I suggest you study the scriptures better. You think too highly of yourself if you think God owes you anything. God owes us nothing. The very breath we have is a gift. We don’t deserve God’s love because we are so sinful and horrible without Him. If it wasn’t for Jesus, you wouldn’t be standing here.
Heathen: So I’m a despicable human being that God chose to have pity on? Didn’t he create me? So what’s that say about Him?
Theologian: No, no. God loves you deeply and cares for you. He created you for a good purpose. He loves His people and desires that they know Him and honor Him.
Heathen: So, that’s why He is OK with Satan doing evil? Because He loves them? I’m confused. How can you love someone but be fine with Satan ruining their life?
Theologian: Pray about it. God will answer your concerns. Come back to church next week as I will be talking about this more.
Heathen: Uh, yeah. No thanks. I enjoy good mental health, so I’ll pass.
*This post is based loosely on actual conversations I had at church with certain Pastors. I posted this not to rip on God, but to show how stupid some people sound when they can’t even explain their belief system. If you can’t explain it, then maybe you shouldn’t believe it.