Are there things that the Christian God needs to hide before people will believe in Him? Some of the atheist (or even christians) seems to think that there are. However, as readers will find out in this book, it is not God who has skeletons in His closet, rather, it is us who has these skeletons.
Within the book, Joshua Ryan Butler seeks to address many touchy issue within the christian faith, but does so in a way that is not often seen in the current literature. The three big issues addressed within the book are Hell, judgement and holy war.
First, Butler addressed the issue of hell, whether it is “right” for unbelievers to be in hell after they died simply because they did not believed in Jesus. Butler showed that the issue is not so much that hell is a judgement centre. Rather, heaven is just a wonderful place, God “protects” it by keeping those who do not wish to be in heaven, to be in hell.
Next Butler, showed why judgement rather than being bad, is actually a good thing. Butler shows how God is not just concerned about the appearance of things, but He is deeply concern about all areas in our life. Similarly, since God’s judgement is universal, no one will be able to ever escape from His judgement.
Lastly, Butler address the issue of genocide within the Old Testament. He shows the readers that this is not really a war where the strong bullies the weaker, rather this is more of the under dog winning against a mega empire. Consequently, it is meant to show the readers that this is not the typical war that one might assume when reading such bible verses.
I do enjoy how Butler addresses many of these issues. I have found them to be refreshing and invigorating. However, I do have some concern for the way these issues are addressed. I am not fully convinced that the bible does not portrays hell is as a place judgement.
I do recommend this book to those who wants to gain a new perspective about these issues. Read and learn, though you should do it with caution. College or university students should find this book helpful.
Rating: 4 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review