We finish the book of Job today, and the sermon asks a few questions that just may shiver the timbers of your belief. Everybody in this part of the world knows that God and Satan are in a titanic fight for our souls. I think it will come as a surprise to many that this understanding is called, "Manichaeism" after the Persian philosopher who formalized it in the third century. It's also called "Persian dualism". In this understanding, the "good" God, Ahura Mazda, struggles for the world against the "King of Darkness" -- Ahriman. The church branded dualism a heresy centuries ago.
In Job, there is no good god/bad god dualism. There is only God, and that jerks the rug right out from under the place we thought we stood so righteously. In Job, haSatan is completely under God's control, and permits the horrors which Job endured in order to aid a discussion in heaven. It's a harrowing book -- an uncomfortable book. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky as we seek to hear what God would have us know about our place within His Creation in our sermon, "The Defense Team" by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.
Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.