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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2002
The clearer we see God, the clearer we shall see ourselves. With this conviction firmly in mind, Dr. Erwin Lutzer examines ten lies about our Maker that have crept into spiritual thought in postmodern times. And he notes that these deceits are prominent not only in non-Christian minds but in the professing church as well.
On the surface, each of these lies may appear at least partially true or even harmless. But, as Dr. Lutzer reveals, each harbors a distinct danger: It isn't biblical, so it puts our faith at risk. In Ten Lies About God he challenges the accuracy of these beliefs:
Lie 1: God is whatever we want him to be.
Lie 2: Many paths lead into God's presence.
Lie 3: God is more tolerant than He used to be.
Lie 4: God has personally never suffered.
Lie 5: God is obligated to save followers of other religions.
Lie 6: God takes no responsibility for natural disasters.
Lie 7: God does not know our decisions before we make them.
Lie 8: The Fall ruined God's plan.
Lie 9: We must choose between God's pleasures and our own.
Lie 10: God helps those who help themselves.
The goal of Dr. Lutzer's study is not only purity of spiritual belief, but an enhanced worship of God.
Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5Repulsive RantOctober 3, 2013Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1When I started this book, I hoped for a solid analytical, diagnostic treatment of the ills facing the modern world, and, in particular, the modern Church. The Preface, "From My Heart To Yours", seemed a charming if somewhat stilted invitation, from a conservative but not dogmatic Christian thinker, to fellow seekers of any stripe. The vocabulary of the book sounds generally like the voice of sweet if paternal reason. It soon becomes apparent, however, that the book is little more than a fundamentalist rant, dressed up as reasoned analysis. Flaws abound, as the author drones through a litany of the world's failings, and the belief systems which caused (and sustain) them. Even revivalist evangelicals are not exempt. In a nutshell, the author's diagnosis of the sad state of current affairs, to which even committed Christianity has fallen prey, is that we have all lost our sense of sin. Apparently, it does not occur to the author to look behind this (highly flawed) thesis, to discern why traditional Christian thinking is no longer persuasive (or at least no longer as persuasive as it used to be), or why Eastern religions, New Age "feel good" thinking, Wicca, or other "ways" are ascendant. Instead we find the author referring to rampant idolatry (everybody creates and worships his or her own "God"), and engaging in half-baked commentary on biblical stories, to bolster this view. For example, according to the author, God rejects Cain's offering because Cain "got creative" about it. Evidently, he did not follow "protocol" of some sort. Never mind that protocol, in the author's skewed thinking, represents rules that have not yet been given (the later example of Aaron's sons being slain by God for offering the "wrong fire" suggests this). Or never mind that the rabbinical interpretation of the story (Cain, thinking that he could fool God, kept the best produce for himself, and offered inferior produce for sacrifice) is far more coherent. The author's bottom line, of course, is that this God is all powerful and all holy, and beyond all questioning by puny mortals. Job's abject (face in the dust) confession of that fact becomes the author's model of the proper response of humankind to God's ways. Conveniently forgotten, for example, is Abraham's rather off-handed familiarity with God, or Moses' skepticism when God tells him of his mission to Pharaoh. The God of this author is largely a God of damnation, not a God of redemption. Fortunately, the Old Testament offers a more balanced picture. Apparently, it also does not occur to the author that the obsession with "sin", (I prefer "transgression"; "sin" is laden with 2000 years of moldy baggage), and its odious offspring, self-loathing, are likely what drive people away from Christianity (or at least his brand). In spite of the author's sensibilities, however, the committed Christian may still embrace the affirmation (or maybe even the personal creed): God reigns as he may. I follow Jesus. If you read this book, read with discernment.