The Shack, by William Young is an interesting work of fiction and may be very emotionally appealing to many readers. It is currently a very popular book having sold over a million copies.
The problem I have with The Shack is that, even though it is an entertaining work of fiction, it communicates ideas about Christianity and God that are totally without relevance to the historic Christian faith and the teachings of Scripture. I am concerned that many, who do not read their Bibles as they should, will accept The Shack’s view of God, the Trinity, and the Christian faith as the actual teachings God is trying to communicate to us.
“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19) Young not only misrepresents some important Biblical teachings, he adds to them. In fact, he is actually downplaying the role of the Scripture in favor of personal experiences.
What Gospel message there is; is extremely watered down. One disturbing comment by Papa (the female godhead) in the story illustrates this: “When we three spoke ourself into human existence as the Son of God, we became fully human. We also chose to embrace all the limitations that this entailed. Even though we have always been present in this created universe, we now became flesh and blood.” The Bible clearly does not teach this. The Bible teaches very specifically that it was only God the Son who came to this earth as the baby Jesus. It was God the Son that embraced the limitations, died sinless on the cross, and then rose from the dead. Jesus (God the Son) was the lamb slain for the forgiveness of sins.
This book is no Pilgrim’s Progress (not even close)! I cannot recommend that you read it because, among other things, it communicates ideas that lead to a low view of God and a low view of Biblical authority. This book could be very misleading to someone unfamiliar with Christianity.
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