The Shack – Good or Bad concept of God?
Not long ago, I was in Costco and was by the book table. A woman was there with another lady and they were picking through the selections trying to find something that sounded good to them. One of them picked up a copy of The Shack and told the other that she heard it was a good book, so she tucked it under her arm and, I assume, bought the book.
That was the second time that week that I had encountered someone who was interested in this book because of what they had heard. A lady in the church we used to attend told us that her ladies’ group was preparing to do a study of this book. If their intention was to examine it in order to be able to teach themselves how to address the heresies contained in it, they would have done well, but their goal was to draw spiritual lessons for their lives from it.
The Shack has been endorsed by the likes of Eugene Patterson, the author of the very loose handling of scripture known as The Message, to christian “rock” Idol Michael W. Smith. Patterson, as Tim Challies records, says this book will be as significant to Christian theology as was Pilgrim’s Progress, and Smith says that The Shack will leave you craving the presence of God. This would seem possible, given that the true God is apparently not reflected in The Shack, however, I feel that this is not what Smith was saying in his statement.
Challies has put together a very good critique of this blockbuster best-seller, and you can read the entire article here.
The Shack is another example of a man assembling an image of God out of his own mind, and making that God serve his own human wants and desires. Essentially, those that imbibe the theology of The Shack are in danger of being those described as apostates by Paul.