hmullan Jun 22 : 15:01
At first glance this book may appear to be a Christian book, but it isn’t.
There is a book on the market that is causing a firestorm within many churches across this country and possibly further afield also. The book is the story of a man who goes through the heartache of having his youngest daughter abducted and murdered while on a camping vacation with his family. This drives him to blame and hate God for what he sees as a great injustice committed against him.
Several years later, he finds a strange invite from God to join him at the torn down old shack which was his daughter’s last place alive. With great trepidation he heads off for a meeting with God.
At first glance this book may appear to be a Christian book, but it isn’t. That is not to say that it is a bad book, but it is not a Christian book. The book is a work of fiction, ones mans opinion of what it would be like if…
The book recounts the meeting of this man with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the various different lessons they have to impart to him.
The importance of understanding that this is not a Christian book is crucial as there are several pages within that communicate ideas that are completely unbiblical. One major example is the idea of universalism which states that all people will be saved whether they believe in Jesus or not because Jesus and Buddha and Mohammed are different faces of the same coin. Obviously this is complete nonsense and contrary to Christian doctrine.
That being said there are many places in the book that line up with scripture and help to gain a better understanding of scripture itself. I know of a man who came back to Church and was restored as a result of reading this book.
So what is the true lesson here? The real lesson is that we as Christians are commanded to test the spirits that we encounter on a daily basis.
1 John 4:1
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Whether the books we read come from DPI, IPI or Amazon, we need to test what we are reading by scripture. When we sit to watch a movie or watch a TV program we need to continue to test the spirits of what we are watching. Remember the Bereans were considered noble for NOT taking paul at his word but going back to scripture to confirm that what he said was correct.
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Getting back to The Shack, I have read it myself and have recommended others to read it but I have also informed them that several of the ideas in the book are unscriptural. I caution them to test the spirit of what they are reading in light of scripture and remember that just because God used a donkey to rebuke a prophet (Numbers 22:29-31), we should not consider the donkey as a source of spiritual enlightenment.