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Monday, August 3, 2009

The Shack - The Bible

When Young discusses the Bible, he displays a lack of proper respect.

“God’s voice, had been reduced to paper, and even that paper had to be moderated and deciphered by the proper authorities and intellects. It seemed that direct communication with God was something exclusively for the ancients and uncivilized, while educated Westerners’ access to God was mediated and controlled by the intelligentsia. Nobody wanted God in a box, just in a book. Especially an expensive one bound in leather with gilt edges, or was that guilt edges…” pg. 65-66

I think that any orthodox Christian would have to say that even if God does communicate on some level with people today, He does not contridict the Bible. If you claim to have some new revelation that contridicts a proper interpretation of the Bible, we call that a cult, not God's voice.

They mock traditional family devotions where parents catechise their children and instead substitue something where the Trinity sit around holding hands, kissing, and patting each other on the back. Frankly, regardless of what goes on in heaven between the Trinity which is beyond human comprehension, I don't think that this is a constructive alternative to family devotions. Christianity allows us to meditate on God and experience intimacy with Him but we need more that just that if we are to grow in our faith. Like Bible reading and teaching doctrine to our children. It also mocks prayer at meal time.

Norman Geisler comments, " An underlying problem with the message of The Shack is that it uses personal experience to trump revelation. The solutions to life’s basic problems come from extra-biblical experience, not from Scripture (80-100). Non-biblical voices are given precedent over the voice of God in Scripture. These alleged “revelations” from the “Trinity” in the shack are the basis of the whole story. While biblical truth is alluded to, it is not the authoritative basis of the message. In the final analysis, it is experience that is used to interpret the Bible; it is not the Bible that is used to interpret experience. This leads to a denial of a fundamental teaching of Protestantism."

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