- Why is a critical (as in critical thinking) reading of this book essential?
- People are not reading this book as a work of fiction. As I encounter more people who have read the book, I hear more gushing over how they understand god (lower case on purpose) better than they ever have!
- Most heresies begin with the nature of who God is. If "The Shack" teaches a different god than the God of Scripture, and if the god/goddess of the book is the god/goddess that people are believing in and trusting - they are trusting a false god.
- As humans, we build for ourselves the god that we think we need - which is not necessarily the God that our Holy Father has chosen to reveal Himself as in His Inspired Word.
- As we build the god that we think we need - the god that we want, we humanize that which cannot be brought down to our human level.
So here are the questions to keep in mind as I read "The Shack":
- How does the god/goddess of the book differ from the God that reveals Himself in Scripture?
- What are the positives that can be learned from the book and can they be easily separated from the false teachings?
- How will I discuss what can be learned with people who are enthusiastic about "The Shack", with grace while teaching what is wrong with the book - how can I help others understand the difference?
- How will this book enrich my walk with God - whether as a positive teaching of forgiveness, or as a negative awareness of the danger of false teaching?