I could not agree more
As to one of the previous posters that this book is just fiction, that comment totally ignores the reality that fiction influences people just as non-fiction does. It plants images, suggests concepts and molds thinking. Labeling this "fiction" doesn't make these concepts non-persuasive to its readers. Especially non-discerning readers of whom there are truckloads these days. Concepts of God and reworking Him into our own design is still heretical and blasphemous, no matter how its packaged.
Last night, when I read that post, I was too upset to respond. I will respond now.
I have a dear friend who has been Episcopalian her whole life. Last year I tried to talk with her about what the scriptures say regarding this time, end time, and a few other things. I was quoting direct scripture.....IMPORTANT.....I WAS QUOTING SCRIPTURE and she continued to go back to this book, The Shack, and tell me that "this is God. He is loving and kind and blah, blah, blah. I can't get into your God, Lisa......He is judgmental, harsh.....blah, blah, blah."
At the end of that conversation, she told me that she could not get into "a god" that was harsh and judgmental like the one I was telling her about. She needed to hold onto the god that was so loving and blah, blah, blah, that she got to know intimately, from this book, the shack. She was literally witnessing to me from that book.....literally.....I was literally witnessing to her from scriptures.....and we couldn't have been further apart than at that moment.
Now, when a christian quotes direct scripture to another christian and the "another christian" quotes back from a book called The Shack, one needs to be very concerned. Its been a long year since that conversation, and I have had to give my friend space to come back to talk with me as she can. She does......and fortunately, I have prayed and know that I need to go slow with her and give her space to take in small amounts at the same time.....BUT.....I am constantly having to fight against the impressions that the book THE SHACK left with her in order to work in a biblical view for her.
THe shack may "feel good" but it is not good. It separates the truth from people who take it as truth. In my mind, this is GREAT DECEPTION.....so.....pardon me for being direct.....But I couldn't disagree more than I do with the post that tells me to lighten up........I am standing against an enemy that is smoother than butter and slicker than an oil spill.....and he uses things like this book to worm his way into the hearts and minds of people who aren't diligent, or as diligent as people like me.....so, when I sit down and stop taking a position, so that I am not seen as a whacko......WHO WILL BE LEFT TO STAND?