Why is this Important?
This is important because a
little error can lead to a lot of lies. The Bible says, "A
little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough," (Gal. 5:8).
Is The Shack Dangerous?
Yes, the book is dangerous because it hides false doctrines
in a feel-good story and presents to Christians a form of
God that is not biblical.
But it is only fiction!!
So what if its fiction?
Is it okay to speak for God in a fiction book and also
directly contradict His word in the process -- as long as
people feel better about God?
Quotes from The Shack
"Whoa,' said Papa [God the Father], who had returned from
the kitchen with yet another dish. 'Take it easy on those
greens, young man. Those things can give you the trots if
you ain't careful.'"
Questions for Mr. Young
1. Should Christian fiction try to represent God as
accurately as possible or is it okay to actually
contradict scripture if the intent is to make God seem
more palatable to people?
2. Do you see any danger to Christians, and others, in speaking for God, putting words in his mouth, and having him say things that directly contradict His revealed word? (Think of Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, Islam, etc.)
Is the book "The Shack" help or heresy?
The book “The Shack" is a feel-good
fictional story about a man named Mack whose daughter is murdered.
Mack subsequently has an encounter with God in a shack in the woods,
and through this meeting he's healed emotionally and spiritually.
Sound good? Of course it does. The only problem is
that there are many false
teachings laced throughout the book.
This should be important to anyone who claims to be a Christian
because as those who hold to the inerrancy, inspiration, and
final authority of the Word of God, spiritual truth is to be
The Shack misrepresents God risking breaking the first two of
the Ten Commandments.
Instead of describing God as
the Majestic Supreme Being that He is, The Shack dumbs Him down
and makes him more palatable. God the Father who, according to the
Bible, cannot be seen (John 6:46; 1 Tim. 6:16 - see God the Father
cannot be seen), appears in the form of an African-American woman
named "papa" (p. 86 - talk about gender confusion) who has scars
on his wrist (p. 95). Wrong! The Father was not crucified. Jesus
is presented as a Middle Easterner wearing a plaid shirt with rolled
up sleeves (p. 84). The Holy Spirit appears as an Asian woman (p.
85). This is not how God chose to reveal himself in the Bible, yet
Mr. Young violates what the Bible says and justifies these false
representations by saying it is only fiction. Is falsehood about
God okay if its only fiction and makes you feel good about God?
On page 225 the heresy of
universalism is taught when we find the African American woman
who is God the Father say, "In Jesus, I have forgiven all humans
for their sins against me, but only some choose relationship."
This contradicts scripture
Clearly, the Shack contradicts Jesus, the very person it claims
to speak for. Real biblical Christians are supposed to follow the
voice of Christ (the Bible), not the ear-tickling melodies of
teachers who use feel-good stories and emotionally laden
half-truths to lessen God’s majesty, present humanist
philosophy, and teach universalism.
- "but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin," (Mark 3:29).
- "And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life," (Matt. 25:46).
Lighten Up. Its only fiction!!!
Are we being too critical? Certainly not. When anyone violates
scripture, he is wrong. The Bible says in 1 Cor. 4:6, "...do not
exceed what is written..." That is a command, not an option that
is disregarded if a story is fiction.
Think about it. What if someone were to write a story about you,
a real person, and said you were a liar and a thief. Would that
be alright? Of course it would -- if its fiction, right? Wrong.
How much more should we not violate God's word and say it is
okay because its fiction? God wants us to know Him via the
revelation of Jesus, God in flesh (John 1:1,14), not a fictional
story that speaks for God and contradicts His word. No fiction,
no matter how "nice" it might make someone feel about God has
the right to blatantly contradict God's word.