Gnostic Doctrine

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Book of Job As An Allegory Job 2 3



the book of job chapters 1 and 2 as an allegory

I believe that if one deals with the book of Job on a literal level -- that is, treating it as a conventional drama and dialogue occurring among many different persons (Yahweh, Satan, Job, etc.) one will miss its allegorically- meaning. The allegorically interpretation should be based on a realization that the whole thing symbolizes something WITHIN AN INDIVIDUAL believer

Who are Yahweh, Satan, Job, Elihu, and all the others? Or are they Biblical symbols of different factors within an INDIVIDUAL believer's consciousness?

Yahweh: the indwelling Lord; the spiritual law of our being.
SATAN: the "adversary," the human tendency toward self-will; the existing possibility of sin. He represents the as-yet unilluminated, negative, violent aspects existing in human nature.
Yahweh is IN INDIVIDUAL believer. Satan is IN INDIVIDUAL believer. Job is IN INDIVIDUAL believer. A believer has relative freedom of choice in most aspects of his nature, from his highest level (Yahweh) to his lowest (Satan) and all that is in between (Job). If an individual chooses to let his lower nature prevail, he can do so. Satan has permission to act. This is part of our freewill.
NOTE: If you want to be fearful, angry, resentful, who is to stop you? Even though you will suffer for it (be afflicted) Satan (your own negative attitude) has "permission" to afflict!)
It should come as no surprise that Satan in us (our sinful nature) takes advantage of this freedom, and job is afflicted. But Job is US! We all, each one of us individually use this freedom of choice to indulge our own negative tendencies. Who can deny this?

How are we to interpret in the text the statement between Yahweh and Satan "Thou [Satan} movest me [Yahweh] against him [Job], to destroy him without cause"? This statement symbolizes the interplay of good and evil in the life of a believer who follows after the carnal mind. 

No one who lives after the flesh, without turning his faith toward the Gospel, can understand why he should suffer or be overrtaken by misfortune when he is doing his best to live an upright, wholesome, rewarding life. 

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