Well, I realized that someone combined a thread that I had started about this book and the original thread…thank you, whoever you are!
Ok, I finished The Shack today, and I must say that I would not recommend it to anyone who isn’t strong in their Catholic faith. Or Christian faith, period!
It seemed ok. A nice feel-good book, even with the sad parts, which I won’t go into to spoil it for anyone. I was thinking, ok…yes…that’s what I was taught…that’s what I believe. And then it started to drift into what seemed like double-talk to me.
And THEN it got downright contradictory. To name only a few things that bothered me…
On page 136 ~ “Evil is only the absence of good, like dark is the absence of light.” God is supposed to be saying this to the main character. No mention of satan anywhere in the book.
On page 177 ~ While Jesus says that the church is his bride, he/God is also against religion. God says that “religion, politics and economics are the man-created trinity of terror”.
So much seems to go towards the ‘new age feel good’ attitude. It seems as if the author takes just enough truth to make you let your guard down, and then hits you with these weird ideas. Such as…
On page 181-182 ~ ‘Jesus’ “has no desire to make anyone a Christian”. (excuse me? What about His command to the Apostles to go out and make disciples of all nations???)
On page 202 ~ The Ten Commandments no longer apply. It says that “Jesus fulfilled it all, so that it (the law) no longer has jurisdiction over you.” (excuse me? What Jesus said was that He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it…NOT abolish, as the book says)
On page 203 ~ It says that ‘In Jesus, you are not under any laws.’
(no laws? again…do what you like, it’s ok.)
Ok…I’m done naming pages. I think you get the drift. In this book, the author says it’s ‘all about relationships’, with God, with each other. No responsibility or rules as we know them. And I see in the back of the book that he has a non-fiction book that is for sale, which seems to mean to me that he will be teaching/preaching his theology, or whatever you want to call it.
This book worries me because it just seems that the ‘feel good’, ‘no I don’t really have to worry so much about sin’, etc. may appeal to many people and actually take them away from God. I have seen/heard people say that it has “changed the way I view God and the Trinity.”, and a very devout non-Catholic Christian friend of mine who is a leader in her church groups is all fired up over the ‘teachings’ in this book.
I’m done. Sorry for rambling.