B. W. wrote:The Shack - book and movie - should be judged by its underlying doctrines it promotes.
It indeed teaches universalsim which is error...
Teaches that people can shack up with God in the world sense of shacking up...
Teaches the wrong view of God and mocks God's nature of love by spinning His deep vast love in human terms such as tolerance defines love.
One scene clip mentions basically it does not matter what one believes as long as one believes... is what is important. In other words, all make it to heaven and skip judgment, so go ahead and live trashy, justify ones trash, cause god tolerance is simply love in action.
Now the Shack may have a good message about human beings forgiving each other, it strays from there into the ways of populism of public opinion as the measure of salvation. In other words: it does not matter what one believes as long as they believe... is what is important. We are such good people after all and God wuvs us so much cause we are so innocently cuddly victims and so good that he will let all into heaven where we all sing kumbaya.
God so loved the world that He gave his unique one of a kind son ... that whosoever believes in him... is not left in a condemned state.... Read all of John 3:16,17,18,19,20,21,36 in context...
One must believe on Him alone as he is the only way, the truth and the life... to escape being an enemy of God.
That Shack largely ignores and twist things like that in another direction...
BW, I didn't get ANY of that from the Book.
Yes, it says that ALL will have a chance to reconcile with God, not that all will be saved.
There is no "shacking up", not sure where you got that...
As for the " it doesn't matter what one believes, as long as one believes", yes, I recall that BUT I understood it as it doesn't matter how one believes in God and Christ ( because it is mentioned, repeatedly, that there is no reconciliation without Christ), as long as one believes.
As for God's love and its views on it:
Again, going on memory, God's love for ALL is unconditional BUT that doesn't mean that all is forgiven and you can do anything at all and God is ok with it.
Love is unconditional, but reconciliation isn't.
The WHOLE point of The Shack is to reconcile with God IF everyone was saved then why on earth did God decide to reveal Himself to Mack so that Mack would be reconciled ???
Re-read that last part because it address that supposed "universalism" of the shack that SEEMS to suggest that all are saved.
Agian, if that was the case, why would God reveal Himself to Mack ??