A thought-provoking look at the modern definition of God.
Who is God? What is God? People have asked these questions for millennia, and they may continue to be asked until the end of time. Is the God we know today the wrathful God of the Old Testament or the gentler version seen in the New Testament? In this debut, Bernecker argues that the idea of the Almighty God in nearly every sect of modern Christianity is incorrect. The current definition of God, he writes, is seen in the context of human fallibility; God conducts himself according to human standards of decency, justice and morality. Today’s followers, the author states, mistakenly believe that God and his place in their lives are defined by humanity and by human choices. In fact, he asserts, it’s the other way around; followers should look to God’s “sovereignty, His great love for each of us, and the eminent trustworthiness of his eternal purpose, which includes each of us in infinite detail.” Only by realizing the true reach and power of God’s love, he writes, can followers truly let him into their hearts and realize his true place in their lives. This book isn’t for light readers of theology; the author’s arguments dive quite deep into the Scriptures, which may be intimidating for some. However, his arguments are well-researched and well-articulated; he backs up his ideas not only with examples from the Bible, but also with similar assertions from great writers and thinkers of the past, including quotations from C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther, Saint Augustine, pastor A.W. Tozer and theologian James Boice. By including the world outside of the Bible, Bernecker adds credibility to his ideas. Readers interested in the evolution of theology, and Christianity especially, will thoroughly enjoy the author’s assertions about the modern God—and may be inspired to make some of their own.
A bright examination of modern Christianity.