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.)
The Shack is only fiction!!
Would it be okay to
write a feel-good fiction story about you, a
real person, use your real name and address,
have you say things you would never say, have you do things you
would never do, and accused you of false things...would that be
okay if it was a fiction story?
If you have no problem with that,
then The Shack is for you. But
if you do have a problem with that, then you
should have a problem with The Shack since it does exactly that.
In the Shack, and contrary to what
God says in the Bible...
- In The Shack God teaches universalism, p. 225
-- against scripture (Mark 3:29; Matt. 25:46).
- In The Shack God The Father
appears as a woman (a new image of God) -- against what God says
in Exodus 20:1-6; John 1:18; John 6:46; 1 Tim. 6:16
- In The Shack The Father has
crucifixion wounds, p. 95 - This is contrary to the
revelation of God. Only the Son was crucified.
- God places no expectations on
us, p. 206. But God does (1 Pet. 1:16; Acts 17:30).
- In The Shack God says he/she
wants to be submitted to Mack, the main character, pp.
145-146 -- God sumbitting to people is found no where in
scripture and is contradicted by the Bible (James 4:7)
Is it okay to contradict God's word
if it is fiction? No, it is not. This is a
misrepresentation of what God says. This is how cults get
started...when there is someone who claims to speak for God and
changes what God has said.
Is it okay to do in a fiction book if
it makes you feel good?
Of course not.