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There will be many who will be offended by the contents of this book before understanding what it is attempting to be stated.
This book is about what the Bible says we are to be as true Christians, and separating that from some of the man-made theologies that have made their way into the churches.
For example, are we better Christians because we serve as Deacons in our local church? Do our attitudes about service reflect God's forgiveness, or are they about earning rewards? Am I a non-Christian because I don't attend church every week? Or, am I just less of a Christian because of this? What was church like in Jesus's day? Did they meet every week to worship? How did Jesus tell us to worship him, and do our churches look like that?
Other thoughts: How many sins have I committed? How many sins have I asked God to forgive? Does God forgive all of my sins, or must I confess my sins to be forgiven?
These are the kinds of questions this book explores....
It is a reminder for those of us who's identity is wrapped up in our church, and may need a reminder about God's love and purpose for those who are not in the church today. Can believers be saved without a denomination? Are they saved if they believe in Christ but don't attend church?
There are many good explorations if you can be open to hearing them...
Ironically, however, the presentation of this book is about as 'churchy' and 'slick' as you can imagine (catchy titles for each chapter announced with a musical sidebar).
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This book will help all those who believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, but struggle to live a life being perfected by Him. It simplifies much of the conflicts among different Christian theologies. It is all about Him who loves us!
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I've listened to this twice now and, although the arguments seem persuasive in parts, they don't quite seem right! But I'm not sure if that's because I'm so wrapped up in previous religious teaching, that I am subconsciously rejecting what's being said!
I also got terribly confused about the statements on the laws of Moses, the law and, The Ten Commandments! So much so, that I can't quite work out if he's saying that we don't need to follow these laws! He skips between Old and New Testaments pulling out texts that may or may not be presented to one in context!
The narrator was fine, no objections there, unless perhaps the pace of his narration was a little fast, but I think that I may be thinking that way because of my earlier confusion.
I'm sure that I will listen to this again. But as a study, not as a piece of work just to ponder on. So there will be a lot of listening (& rewinding) with my Bible in hand, to read the verses in context, and not just plucked out to make a point. Perhaps purchasing the printed book would have served better, rather than the audiobook, but I doubt that I would've been intrigued enough to do so…
If, like me, you're struggling with the whole set up and structure of 'Church', then elements of this book addresses that but, I'm not certain that a definitive solution/direction was proposed; and as such, this book could be misleading.
It certainly leads one on to a desire to study the Bible more thoroughly, and that can't be a bad thing!
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