Thanks to Erik for that great play on words.
I read this week that the author of The Shack was pushed into writing his book by his mate who thought we all might benefit from his way of ‘thinking outside the box’. Sweet. But I would have to strenuously disagree with that sentiment, and say “thanks but no thanks”, as this heretical work really only thinks ‘outside The Book’, something the church can ill afford in this day of rampant apostasy.
And PLEASE don’t tell me it’s fiction. This is smoke and mirrors, intended to lull a biblically illiterate generation into an ever deeper sleep to the point where they will not hear the last trump, no matter how loud it might be. The truth is, if anyone is willing to admit it, is that the content in this book is intended to change your mind about the nature of the Godhead, plain and simple. Skip the genres, please –what does it actually do for people, regardless of what the authors and hoards of fans claim in great cop-out fashion? People say they like this god better, that they can relate to Him and prefer the no-strings-attached relationship they can have with Him, which requires nothing more of them than their relationship with the baristia down the road, who at least can remember their AM favorites.
Gives me the warm, caffeinated fuzzies, it does.
Thinking outside the book….gee, can I think outside The Shack and not be branded a kill joy? No matter, I think I must. So sorry to those who think that the phrase, “The Book” actually refers to The Shack. Nope, The Book will always be the Bible, revisionists need to get that straight or things will go from bad to worse in Christendom.