Saturday, May 26, 2012

The truth about God

10 Lies about God: And the Truths That Shatter Deception10 Lies about God: And the Truths That Shatter Deception by Erwin W. Lutzer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I used this to teach my young adults Sunday School class. The lies Lutzer lists are, for the most part, the commonest ones:

God is whatever we want him to be.
Many paths lead into God's presence.
God is more tolerant than he used to be.
God has never personally suffered.
God is obligated to save followers of other religions.
God takes no responsibility for natural disasters.
God does not know our decisions before we make them.
The Fall ruined God's plan.
We must choose between God's pleasures and our own.
God helps those who help themselves.

Lutzer's responses are thoughtful and helpful. Scriptural support is marshalled and investigated. The epilogue, "Can We Trust Him?", though brief, is an excellent discussion of trusting God even though one may be mystified as to why he allows so much evil.

Note: Lutzer is Calvinist, and that's reflected strongly in some chapters.

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