Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lies We Believe About God (28)

Summary of Chapter 28
The 28th and final 'lie' that Young suggests is the lie that 'God is One alone'. In The Shack, the lead character (Mack) believed in a unitarian God. But when he arrived at the shack that God was nowhere to be found. Why? Because that God doesn't exist. God is trinitarian, not unitarian. God is inherently love and that statement (1 John 4:8, 16) could not be true if God was ever NOT Trinity. The truth oft he Trinity is good news because it means love is the central reality.

We have the clearest confession of the particulars of his theological upbringing. He was told that God was the originator of evil (meticulous sovereignty, divine determinism), a distant deity (some form of deism) who had a plan that included the torture of a child (some forms of penal substitution theory). Again, I've suggested throughout this review that I believe Young is reacting (and in some cases over-reacting) against some form of hard-calvinism.

I think Young is correct, in this reaction, to go to Jesus as the source for rebuilding his theological paradigm. Young makes an excellent point about love and the Trinity. It's a point I've made many times myself. If the doctrine of the Trinity is true (and I believe it is), it means that Love is at the core of the universe because the universe was created out of Love. I have no objections to this chapter.

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