As thy days, so shall thy strength be - Deuteronomy 33:25
I've wondered about the lack of education among Christians because it is why so many are easily led into false teachings. To me, the general acceptance and 'wowiness' over The Shack is an indication of just how bad things are. (His people parish for lack of knowledge--- ring a bell?)
1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
The Shack is deceitful... it needs to be laid aside. The Shack does embrace and present unscriptural ideals while claiming to be 'christian'... I can easily place it in the category of 'evil speaking' and see that it needs to be laid aside.
The above verse talks about how we are to desire the pure milk of the word, that we my grow. The word 'pure' is an important one. Common sense tells us that you don't feed a baby almost pure milk... milk with most of the right things in it, but just a drop or two of arsenic. You'd be pretty livid if your neighbor made a cake using all the finest, freshest ingredients and then dropped a 1/2 table spoon of dog poo in it and served it to your children. When you voice your strong objections to this and your neighbor is puzzled why you're so upset, because they feel that your children's bodies will sort out the good from the bad, would you find that to be an acceptable answer? I don't think so and I don't think the Lord does either.
The god of The Shack is not the God of the Bible. The god of The Shack is indeed a new age sort of god that will come to each person in whatever way that person is comfortable with (papa as a woman, because Mack would be more comfortable with that.) The God of the Bible doesn't alter Himself to make us comfortable. He's quite okay with our discomfort, actually. God doesn't change Himself for us... He changes us for Himself.
Young is blatantly anti-organized-Christianity. Admittedly, I giggle about those kind of statements because the alternative is what? Disorganized Christianity? If The Shack is an indication, then yes... that's what Young likes. The Jesus in The Shack says that He didn't come to 'make them Christians'. Really? Jesus didn't come to make followers/disciples? That's funny. I remember a few times when Jesus said 'follow Me'. And of course the little matter of Him claiming to be The Way, The Truth and The Life. That's awfully narrow and organized of Him!
The Shack struck me as so disrespectful of God and stripped Him of His holiness that it has no place in my home other than the trash can.
The truth is that God does desire an intimate relationship with each one of us... but on His terms... not ours. And that bit of dog poo in the book ruins the entire cake.
I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrus...
All children left unattended will be given an espresso and a free puppy.
This is why I generally take such a relaxed view toward fiction. I look at Harry Potter and go, "Eh, it doesn't claim to be Christian so what do you expect?" Others who have experiences with the occult, however, will have a completely different view. And you know what? I respect their viewpoints - because of their experience, they have a lot of advice to give on things of that nature.
Anyway, I have come away with a lot of good info and advice this last week or so, and I'm grateful to you all. Thanks.
I still wouldn't try to turn anyone away from reading it if they were already planning on reading it, but I won't be suggesting it either.
As thy days, so shall thy strength be - Deuteronomy 33:25
I'd never heard of this book before I saw this thread, but based on what I've read here it's not something I'd plan on reading because it sounds to me like it profanes the very holiness of God.
Well, I'm glad the thread has helped people think through the issues and come to some sensible conclusions.
Gulah... I was just thinking, earlier today in fact, about the gift of discernment, and how we get it.
You know, I know plenty of Christians who are very easily decieved who have similar backgrounds to me in the occult. Just because someone has been in the occult, it doesn't give them any greater insight.
The only thing that gives you insight, is God. You know, James says, "if anyone lacks wisdom, let them ask of God, and He will give it to them..." He wants to give His children gifts, so go ahead and ask! And the other verse that came to mind was where Paul tells Timothy to study to show himself approved. Seeking the Scriptures, studying them, praying for God to send His gifts of wisdom... that's how you can grow in discerment. Look how God blessed Solomon (even though Solomon was a sinner) because he simply asked?
Don't put yourself down - God wants to bless you. Ask and you shall receive!
Please could everyone pray for Mieke and Charles.
My testimony http://bibleforums.org/forum/showthr...ight=testimony
Narnia is meant to be a child's story that metaphorically describes the Christian story. Aslan is a "Christ-like" character, meaning he's not supposed to represent Christ in every way. He simply points to Christ. Lewis doesn't display any of the characters as a reality, but instead uses them in an analogous way to point toward the reality in this world. Lewis wrote a parable and did not intend for it to sync up - he didn't intent to teach Christian doctrine, but merely to teach the basics of the Christian story.
Had Young done this, then it wouldn't have been a big deal. Fact is, he didn't. I even had Doug Pagitt, a well-known Christian author, ask me if the story was real. So if someone who is educated and is a leader in the emergent movement had difficulty drawing the line between fact and fiction on the novel, then the case for, "Oh, this is a parable" utterly fails.
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