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JOB!



Killing the Most Sacred Cow



C. Alan Martin



Copyright 2013 Low Tide Press



Upside Down Ideas About God, Satan, Control, and Job.



There are so many misconceptions about the book of Job. As with any book or passage, much of your understanding is determined by your own preconceived ideas. Most people go into the book with many preconceived ideas and these ideas control their understanding of the book. Readers will provide their own "context" for book instead of allowing the book to speak for itself and provide its own context. Context is ultra important when reading any document. Unless you read the material in the correct context, then virtually everything your read will be “out of context” and wrong.

These are the Preconceived Ideas



Preconceived Idea 1. "God is in control of everything"



Obviously He is not; else the world would be a paradise. One need only look around and see that this world is not under His complete control. Suffering, death, darkness, sickness, and being lost is the default setting at this time. These are not exceptions that are being permitted by God on a one by one basis. These things are the norm in a fallen world. Jesus came to change that, and His work was an intervention against the norm. Chanting the mantra "God is in control of everything" is just religiosity gone to seed. It is a myth we made up for children so they could go to sleep at night. Adults know by experience and scriptural knowledge what is the truth. The word "control" does not even exist in the KJV. It is indeed fishy that an entire doctrine is build up around a word that cannot be found in the word.

Preconceived Idea 2. "Sovereign means control"



Read the dictionary. It never means control. It means potential control only if we choose to exert it. We are all sovereign in our own spheres else we could do nothing. Sovereignty simply means to do what you want to do within your sphere and within the limitations of your power and ability - and then only when you choose to. It does not mean you are a slave who has to constantly work out the tedious day to day operations of the universe. It certainly does not mean to micromanage a thing. The word sovereign does not even exist in the KJV. Again, it is fishy that an entire doctrine is build up around a word that cannot be found in the word.

Preconceived idea 3. "Satan in not sovereign and cannot do anything on his own"



Of course he is sovereign! He has the same powers and rights to operate in this world as anyone else. He can do anything he wants within the power and ability God gave him from the start. He is called the "god of this world" and in several places said to have power. He is called an adversary and that position would have little meaning if in fact he could not be “adverse.” The reality is that he can be adverse all he wants within the bounds of his own ability as set down at creation.

Preconceived idea 4. "Satan has to ask permission to do things"



There is no evidence of this anywhere. In line with #3, nothing in creation is set up to prevent this "roaring lion" from devouring anyone he can get. He is compared to a roaring seeking to devour. Lions do not ask God for permission to get a gazelle. Lions have permission by the mere fact of their existence. They would not be lions if they could not do what lions do! This is also true of Satan. If we do not resist, be sober, and be vigilant we may be devoured. Satan, like all free agents in the universe, can do anything he wants limited only by his own power and ability. Can God step in and stop him? Of course! But this is the exception and not the rule. This is an intervention against the norm. God is not spending every micro second of eternity pulling strings, moving around his puppets, and signing forms giving Satan “permission” to do things. He is not baby sitting creation and all its inhabitants. All these things are happening in perfect accordance with the “course of nature” that God set up at creation. Satan is not super powered being who is constantly running back and forth between earth and heaven asking “permission” to do evil things. Millions of bad things are happening on earth every minute and it is silly to think that this finite being has the power, speed, and mental ability carry out such a process! He does not have to do this because he and the members of his dark kingdom, like all free agents, have standing power and authority to perpetrate these acts of evil.





  • Contents
  • Upside Down Ideas About God, Satan, Control, and Job.
  • These are the Preconceived Ideas
  • Preconceived Idea 1. "God is in control of everything"
  • Preconceived Idea 2. "Sovereign means control"
  • Preconceived idea 3. "Satan in not sovereign and cannot do anything on his own"
  • Preconceived idea 4. "Satan has to ask permission to do things"
  • Job at the beginning of the book.
  • Jobs Religion
  • The Big Controversy
  • God and Satan, a Background
  • Facts about Satan’s Power and Sphere of Influence
  • Errors from The Reading.
  • Satan asked Permission to Attack Job
  • What Satan Really Wanted From God:
  • Standing Permission verses Immediate/Specific Permission
  • Satan begins His War on Job
  • Satan and God Part Two.
  • Logistics
  • The Logistics of Blessings
  • The Logistics of Evil and Afflictions
  • Logistics of Satan’s War on the Church
  • The Logistics of Reality
  • More of Satan’s War on Job, Battle Two
  • What Job, His Wife, His Family, Servants Friends and Neighbors Thought About God
  • The Testimony of Job
  • The Testimony of The Servant
  • The Testimony of Job’s Wife
  • The Testimony of Jobs Friends and Family
  • From Our Book “The God is Not in Control of Everything Myth”
  • So What about satan?
  • What do we come away from Job with?


This book is an offshoot of our book "The 'God is in Control of Everything' Myth"

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