March 26, American Fear Whether they realize it or not Americans live in a constant state of fear every day.
I read it and was bothered.
Now being bothered by what you read can be a good thing as it challenges your ideas and beliefs. The challenge made me think through conceptions of God, made me think about the interrelation of the Trinity, and made me think through the ever-present problem of evil.
All big and weighty matters are good to sort through, but as they are sorted out the basis of belief has to be based Scripture and not fiction. Because it is so popular and people have asked me about it, I am going to post a critical review of the book.
Now, the review I am going to post is a bit long and nit-picky, but I think it will cause you think through these matters presented in the book a bit more biblically.
A Critical Review by Norman L. Geisler and Bill Roach The Shack: Literally hundreds of thousands have been blessed by its message, but its message is precisely what calls for scrutiny. Responses to The Shack range from eulogy to heresy. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself.
The Background of the Book The Shack is Christian fiction, a fast-growing genre in the contemporary Christian culture. It communicates a message in a casual, easy-to-read, non-abrasive manner.
What is the Trinity? Is Jesus the only way to Heaven? If God, then why evil? What happens after I die? He claims that his seminary training just did not provide answers to many of his pressing questions. Then one day inhe felt God whisper in his ear that this year was going to be his year of Jubilee and restoration.
Out of that experience he felt lead to write The Shack. According to Young, much of the book was formed around personal conversations he had with God, family, and friends From this, the story moves through the personal struggles Mack has with such questions as: Why would someone send me this letter?
Does God really speak through letters? How would my seminary training respond to this interaction between God and man? During the chaos his daughter is abducted and eventually killed. Grieved with the death of his daughter and the possibility that the note might be from God, Mack packs his bags and heads for the shack.
The point of this journey is to suggest that his traditional teaching, Sunday prayers, hymns, and approach to Christianity were all wrong. While at the shack, Mack discovers that God is not what we expect Him to be.
After trying to reconcile his seminary training with this new encounter with God, he concludes that what he had learned was of no help.
We cannot fall back into our religious conditioning The Shack attempts to present a Christian worldview through the genre of religious fiction, but just how Christian it is remains to be seen. He claims that traditional Christianity did not solve his problem. However, one might question whether it is Christianity that needs revision or Christians that need to be revitalized.
One thing is certain, Christianity should not be rejected because it has some hypocritical representatives. But the baby should not be thrown out with the bathwater. Christ established the Church and said the gates of hell would not prevail against it Mt. The Shack, as gripping as its story is, trades a church occupied with people who hear the Word of God preached for an empty shack where there is neither.
Experience Trumps Revelation An underlying problem with the message of The Shack is that it uses personal experience to trump revelation. Non-biblical voices are given precedent over the voice of God in Scripture.
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The terrible irony of this fear, of course, is that white Americans have wreaked centuries of physical, political, and legislative violence on black Americans. It was this same violence that laid the foundation for white power in our country—perhaps another reason why .