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Post by Nessa » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:53 am

Yes, Im talking about 'the shack'

Its now been made into a movie...

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Post by Kurieuo » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:37 am

I never did read the book, besides the drama, I can't imagine being able to get into the story past his girl dying. Belongs in a fantasy genre, story-wise and what it sets up theologically.
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Post by Nessa » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:52 am

Many years ago, a friend got me the book as a birthday gift.

I intitally liked it. A 'letter' from God in my letterbox?!?! Um, yes please! :consent:

For anyone wanting a very personal - face to face - relationship with God then its gonna be tempting to see the book as a winner.

Better off watching 'highway to heaven' reruns....

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Post by Kurieuo » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:17 am

Nessa wrote:Many years ago, a friend got me the book as a birthday gift.

I intitally liked it. A 'letter' from God in my letterbox?!?! Um, yes please! :consent:

For anyone wanting a very personal - face to face - relationship with God then its gonna be tempting to see the book as a winner.

Better off watching 'highway to heaven' reruns....
And my main concern, besides getting Trinitarian theology wrong, is rather it superficialises God's interactions and can open a pandora's box. I'm of course, assuming I know what happens, based upon what I can see the movie and I'm sure "God" in the three human people ends up helping the father in some way.

The pandora's box, is when a person reflects after feeling the story's warm and fuzzies, and wonders why God doesn't help in their own life. Then they realise God really doesn't work that way at all. Why not? Oh, perhaps he just doesn't care. Maybe doesn't exist. Wouldn't it be nice? Only in a story.
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Post by thatkidakayoungguy » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:49 am

From what I've gathered, it teaches a few theological truths but it's not a good book to know about God. At least they did get this about Jesus right, a Middle Eastern carpenter.

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Post by Nessa » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:59 am

And from what I can remember, I think it alludes to universalism

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Post by RickD » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:25 am

I've seen Jesus as a black man, so what could be the harm with God being a big black woman?
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Post by Nessa » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:02 am

RickD wrote:I've seen Jesus as a black man, so what could be the harm with God being a big black woman?
God with a vajayjay? :shock:

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Post by thatkidakayoungguy » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:46 pm

Nessa wrote:And from what I can remember, I think it alludes to universalism
I can see the idea of inclusion, wanting people to be Christians and following the golden rule, but the bible clearly teaches universalism is false.

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Post by PaulSacramento » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:54 am

If you had read the book you would know there was a very real and specific reason why God showed Himself to the character that way at that time.

The Shack was instrumental to me ( and many others) finding Christ.
And no, they didn't get the Trinity wrong.

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PaulSacramento wrote:If you had read the book you would know there was a very real and specific reason why God showed Himself to the character that way at that time.

The Shack was instrumental to me ( and many others) finding Christ.
And no, they didn't get the Trinity wrong.
For starters, The Shack portrays each member of the Trinity in human form. God the Father is an African-American woman; the Son is a Middle-Eastern man; and the Holy Spirit is an Asian woman...
It's good to know the book got the Trinity right! ;)
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Post by Kurieuo » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:58 am

PaulSacramento wrote:If you had read the book you would know there was a very real and specific reason why God showed Himself to the character that way at that time.

The Shack was instrumental to me ( and many others) finding Christ.
And no, they didn't get the Trinity wrong.
Ok then, I guess I'll need to not simply read others' opinions, what I've seen and heard, and watch God as a big black woman.
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Post by PaulSacramento » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:14 am

RickD wrote:
PaulSacramento wrote:If you had read the book you would know there was a very real and specific reason why God showed Himself to the character that way at that time.

The Shack was instrumental to me ( and many others) finding Christ.
And no, they didn't get the Trinity wrong.
For starters, The Shack portrays each member of the Trinity in human form. God the Father is an African-American woman; the Son is a Middle-Eastern man; and the Holy Spirit is an Asian woman...
It's good to know the book got the Trinity right! ;)
And what issues do you have with that?

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Post by PaulSacramento » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:16 am

Kurieuo wrote:
PaulSacramento wrote:If you had read the book you would know there was a very real and specific reason why God showed Himself to the character that way at that time.

The Shack was instrumental to me ( and many others) finding Christ.
And no, they didn't get the Trinity wrong.
Ok then, I guess I'll need to not simply read others' opinions, what I've seen and heard, and watch God as a big black woman.
And after that ( in the book, not sure about the movie) God shows Himself as a Man.
The issues that Mack ( the lead character) had with his father would prevented him to enter in a relationship with God if God had shown Himself as a man.
That is why God showed Himself as an African-American Woman, to not-conform to the "preconceived" notions that Mack already had about God.

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