Ben Witherington enters the theodicy discussion that began with John Piper and that continues in the comments section on this blog. Witherington contests John Piper’s understanding of God’s sovereignty over calamities, saying that Piper is
“just guilty of having an unBiblical view of God, that ironically is closer to the fatalistic one found in the Koran, than the Biblical one found in the New Testament.”
There are biblical and theological problems with nearly every paragraph of Witherington’s argument. He gives an unconvincing Arminian reading of the book of Job. After noting that God cannot tempt anyone, he fails to deal with Matthew 4:1. He even suggests that Piper (and all Calvinists for that matter!) might be guilty of attributing the work of God to Satan, something Jesus condemns in Mark 3.
I’m not going to respond to Witherington’s post point by point. I have addressed most of these issues in previous posts on this subject. For now I’ll just say that Witherington’s case is less than impressive. He doesn’t come anywhere close to undermining Piper’s exposition of the Bible’s teaching on God’s sovereign rule over His fallen creation. But you can read it and judge for yourself.
(HT: Alex Chediak)