Keller says. I refrain from taking a solid stance on any salvation doctrine whether it be calvinism, universalism, or arminianism because like you said “The problem is that, as humans, we have a limited view of God’s justice, reason, and logic”. I know the stuff mentioned on that website are not backed up with figures and statistics. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and bestselling author of The Reason for God, uses the scriptures as his guide to show readers what God's call to marriage is, and why this is such a powerful call. We are fine with punishing our children and making sure they learn valuable lessons. It drove me crazy! You assume that people sent to hell will be truly sorry and repent. Reply. I have however studied the concept of hell and salvation greatly within the past year as I have personally wrestled with the issue of how God could send people to hell for eternal punishment. AW Tozer – The Pursuit of God Chapter 5 Summary – ‘The Universal Presence’ “Wither shall I go from thy spirit? In each of us there is something growing, which will BE HELL unless it is nipped in the bud.” God does not send people to hell kicking and screaming. I look forward to using The Reason for God as a reference in my conversations with skeptics, in my teaching a class of 20-somethings, and in my own personal struggles with faith and doubt. Out of that overflow of joy and gratitude comes the love and service to others. Can’t we hope and pray that one day God will reconcile all things to himself? ( Log Out / The End of Faith.The God Delusion.God Is Not Great.Letter to a Christian Nation.Bestseller lists are filled with doubters. ~Below I've copied excerpts of a few book reviews, along with the hyperlinks, and then I've given my own humble opinion~ ~~~~~~~~~~... A mere 13+ hour flight separates us from China! They don't want to be 'controlled' by anyone. In fact, many of these cultures find the Western objection to divine judgment odd. It is an honest reflection of my ignorance. The original text plus a … Now I can agree with you that universalism can be dangerous. This is terrible rationale. It doesn’t matter what you believe. Keller utilizes the story of Lazarus, a beggar, and the Rich Man in Luke 16:19-31 to support his view of hell. Why do presbyterians focus more on calvinism than and correct doctrine than helping the poor, why do baptist spend so much time making fun of calvinists and arguing free will. With this in mind, here’s how Keller defines hell: “Hell, then, is the trajectory of a soul, living a self-absorbed, self-centered life, going on and on forever…it is simply one’s freely chosen identity apart from God on a trajectory into infinity.” What makes Keller’s explanation of hell so helpful is that he places it within the context of a comprehensive understanding of sin. What about the common argument that so-and-so was such a good person, they simply couldn't go to hell? Someday every knee will bow and tongue confess. While the love of God depicted in the Bible is not controversial here in the West, the wrath of God is. Can you recall hearing a sermon on the wrath of God, the final judgment, and/or the doctrine of hell? Understood in this way, God’s wrath flows from his love for what is good, beautiful and right since God himself is all of these things. But I think it’s more of a choice thing. Do we know that God is specifically granting true repentance to those in hell? Romans 9 speaks a lot about this, and is mainly where I am drawing this argument. If people are tormented in hell or whatever you want to call it, they will eventually see the need for God and turn to him. They should just be avoided as it is something that is very vague in the Bible and preaching salvation is counterproductive. The gospel addresses all of life. To say that presbyterians focus on calvinism and correct doctrine more than helping the poor is an overstatement. The Reason for God. For 28 years he led a diverse congregation of young professionals that grew to a weekly attendance of over 5,000. There are a lot of assumptions being made, here, that I’m not completely sure you could back up. Gehenna is the obvious example that many people know about. You can prove calvinism, arminianism or universalism by looking at Paul’s writings. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 293 pages and is available in Hardcover format. However, I disagree with you. In reality, suffering happens for many reasons and we humans must simply deal with it. April 30, 2009 — Leave a comment. Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” (Psalm 139:7) Tozer begins this chapter by identifying one of the great truths of reality: God’s immanence. I think none of these doctrines should be preached from the pulpit as truth. Anyone can also disprove any of the 3 using the Bible as well. The only remedy for such a sickness is to have our hearts rewired by the grace of God in Christ. Keller approaches the question in a couple different ways: And when they truly are sorry and repent, you do not continue punishing them forever. June 14, 2008 in Book reviews, Christianity, Culture, Tim Keller. How do you know this is the case? The God of the Bible is One of love and of justice. Isn’t it entirely possible that those in hell continue to rebel against God? Keller postulates that modern man believes the natural world to be malleable, and within his power to manipulate. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (2008) is a book and DVD on Christian apologetics by Timothy J. Keller, a scholar and founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. The summary from. As Dorothy Sayers wrote, “It is the neglect of dogma that makes for dullness. I am ashamed to include a statement I made before I knew Christ. This is an apologetic work for why Keller thinks there is a reason for God's existence, specifically the God of the Bible. Oh my! Boy, that certainly doesn’t sound right, does it? I think it’s very abstract and counter-productive. And he wanted Lazarus to do it for him. I didn’t really give any passages or anything, so I’ll include a link that I find helpful: http://www.biblicaluniversalism.com/EXAMININGTHESO-CALLEDUNIVERSALISTICTEXTS.htm. In his 1952 book by the same name, C.S. But I think that the opposite is also wrong. Christianity is a straightjacket: This section does not apply to me. Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Plot Summary of “The Reason for God” by Timothy J. Keller. He still wanted to be served, even in hell. Doctrine is not unimportant because the story is not unimportant. There is no irrefutable proof of GodÕs existence, but many people have found strong clues for his reality in many places Philosopher Alvin Plantinga believes there are two to three dozen very good arguments. That they continue sinning? You assume that it is better for God to save all of his creation. Sin, most basically, is building our identity, our very lives, on anything other than God. All three views have similarities, but also have huge contradictions. As for the word, Aionas, I understand your confusion. Repentance comes from God changing a person. He suggests that the ultimate source of this idea is the Bible itself, and since the Bible claims that God is both a God of love and judgment, we shouldn’t be so fast to conclude that they are contradictory. If everyone is going to be saved one day, then why do I need to follow Christ? Chapter 3 – Christianity is a Straitjacket; Chapter 4 – The Church is Responsible for So Much Injustice; Chapter 5 – How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? There are 10 chapters in this book, and I will attempt to give a brief summary of each chapter while highly recommending that you read this book too. One day God would reconcile all things to himself. To be truly loving people, shouldn’t we want them to know Christ and all the good things that come along with it? It is untrue that there is no word for “forever” in the Greek. (p. 74) But according to Keller, this view of modernity is not accepted by all. Wright Family USA - Are these kids all yours? For this reason Keller requests that we consider our cultural location when we are offended by the teaching on hell. I don’t know if you’ve read Shane Claibourne’s the Irresistible Revolution, but it really shows the importance of going out and doing things, rather than fighting over doctrine. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. rather than ending the pride of selfishness, people double down in the mistaken belief that they would rather have freedom than salvation. The Reason for God ~ Chapter Four ~ The Church is ... We Can All Make a Difference - 2nd Version. I'm still mulling it over. The Reason For God – Chapter Five Posted October 4, 2008 by Church of the Servant. $16.00. I don’t share your view that doctrine is unimportant. Naturally, the teaching on divine judgment is very foreign and even offensive in this cultural milieu. The whole thing in revelation where it says all people who are not written in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire forever is a questionable translation. His incision... Chapter 5 was a doozy! Belief in no doctrine at all is in the end a doctrine that shapes a person’s life. Instant downloads of all 1388 LitChart PDFs (including Second Treatise of Government). We worked hard, then played hard with the kids before crashing early. Evil and Suffering May Be (If Anything) Evidence for […] It is untrue that all early Christians believed in universal salvation. To quote Lewis again, “There are only two kinds of people – those who say ‘Thy will be done’ to God or those to whom God in the end says, ‘Thy will be done.'”. I’m not denying that there were early Christians who accepted universal salvation; what I’m saying is that their number was few. At least I am a hopeful universalist. Questions for Discussion and Reflection: 1. It’s as if they want people to suffer eternally for their sins. The Reason for God Timothy Keller Chapter 1: There Can't Be Just One True Religion. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The reality is Jesus talked a LOT about hell...so if we claim to be Jesus followers we can't only admire his actions but we have to believe his words. I pray that God will one day save all people through Jesus, and I do not think I am going to go to hell for hoping for this! They want 'freedom.' And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God. That is love. Chapter 5: How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? I was surprised this wasn't addressed in this chapter, but it's certainly something I hear. I can understand why we believe in a God of pure love, especially in our Western culture, because the Bible teaches us to love God first and then love everyone else, including even those who are unlovely to us. So, we are fine with inflicting punishment ourselves, but just can’t stand a God to do it. Who says? Raleigh, thanks for sharing your thoughts. The whole “You need to be saved” thing is very repulsive. Thanks for sharing...that was interesting. I do not think we can know hardly anything about how this stuff works, which is why I don’t talk about it too much. He simply wanted relief from his torment. However, Keller also argues that the belief in a God of love is not found in other faiths, so the central tenet must have come from within Christianity. So many arguments against Biblical teachings are based on cultural beliefs. Yes, it may be due to sin, but accepting the fact is not working towards God’s kingdom. Why should anyone preach hell? Summary The title is fairly clear. My point is that too many people get hung up on doctrine. No-matter what people say. Most of them are too concerned with correct doctrine, and are obsessed with divine election and calvinism. Hell is the freely chosen destination for those who prefer to live apart from God. This is why we neglect the poor. Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S®6 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone. God exercises wrath by removing his presence from them and abandoning them to themselves. That is what early christians believed and it makes the most sense. You wrote, “Eternal separation from God is not a just punishment for a life of sin on earth.” Why not? I just think it makes a whole lot of sense. In this case however, he uses quotes to emphasize that this is an argument heard countless times, not merely a natural break in the chapter. I believe the doctrine of becoming saved is important, but not how God does it. Doctrine is not the problem. You can also disprove each using other texts by the same author.”. I can point you to many presbyterian churches that are not only helping the poor, but modeling for the church at large how to do this well. I do actually agree that doctrine is important. They have help out at soup kitchens, visit prisons, protesting unjust laws, fight for workers’ rights, educate people on conserving our planet. I have studied the word Aionas. Acutally, Universal Salvation is a very old doctrine and was accepted by early Christians. All you have to do is read the OT prophets to see that. The third chapter of Timothy Keller’s book is titled, Christianity Is a Straitjacket. My calvinism doesn’t allow me to fragment life into categories of “physical” and “spiritual” and choose between caring for people’s souls or their bodies. The first edition of the novel was published in 2007, and was written by Timothy J. Keller. This Study Guide consists of approximately 29 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Reason for God. Evil and Suffering Isn’t Evidence Against God2. If you love someone and see them harmed, would you not be judging the instigator or would it be better to simply love the victim and the perpetrator? I was with my oldest and only child, who was probably 3 at the time, and an acquaintance mentioned something about 'the devil,' and I said, "Oh, we don't believe in the devil or in hell." Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical, is a prequel to The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Well, I guess nothing would change at all and the world we currently live in is as good as it will ever get. We Can All Make a Difference - 2nd Version from connie johnson on Vimeo. When a passage speaks about final destinies, it is appropriate to translate aionas as “eternal” because final destinies involve the final age which is eternal. I tend to have the view of hell as separation from God. So if we can make things right in our little world, why would we need God to do that? yikes. You'll find every post from this site, plus more. An apprentice of Jesus must be a student of the biblical story, including the details and contours of that story. Of course it's a subject that is difficult and our modern human sensibilities and limited understanding can struggle with it...but placing ourselves as moral judges over God and redesigning him to suit our most modern preferences? The literal translation of forever is ages of ages, which can be read as a finite time period. This is how it’s supposed to be. Scripture references: John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. That's exactly what much of the "church" has done though. I am very critical of fire and brimstone preaching. Lewis attempted to defend what he coined ‘mere’ Christianity. For one, he locates this objection within the context of Western individualism. Keller shares a story in which a woman approached him to share that the very idea of a judging God was offensive. Dealing with the infinite is very confusing. Chapter 5 was a doozy! The church is located away from poverty, people think they can just give 10 percent of their money to the church and everything is okay with them and God. You do have a good point with Aionas. Change ). 1. But it seems somewhere along the way, we sort of grasped the 'love' concept, and then we became the jury, judge and executioner of all we believe to be wrong. I think blaming a person’s or a church’s neglect of the poor on sin is very dangerous. It’s the suburban church mentality that is the problem. It applies to people body and soul. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Lewis said this: “It is not a question of God ‘sending us’ to hell. Interestingly, Keller titles the chapter as a statement. He completely dissects the argument by demonstrating that a narrow-minded view is one that argues that there is no eternal consequence of sin. Keller argues against the point of view that Christians belief system naturally makes them narrow-minded. We are so excited to share with you soon! In addition, there are places in the NT where aionas is used with God or Jesus as the subject and it would be inappropriate to translate it as meaning anything other than forever or eternal in those contexts. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.Ben Eastaugh and Chris Sternal-Johnson. Book. Lewis says that the steps to the bus trip. The Reason for God will most likely be judged a “classic,” a book that resembles Mere Christianity and other apologetic works that have impacted the Christian church. If our lives have been changed by our relationship with Jesus, shouldn’t we want other people to have that, as well? Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth. Jesus referred to Gehenna as a metaphor to describe separation from God. Unitarian universalists preach that you can believe whatever you want and that’s fine, one day God will reconcile all. Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth. All this is to say, rich theology and doctrine fuels my living. We are fine with judgment upon a criminal and there is satisfaction with a criminal getting what (s)he deserves as we see “fairness” (which is different for different people). I am also very critical door to door evangelism where people go out and tell others that they need to be ‘saved’. Why do unitarian universalists focus on the fact that they believe everyone is saved and acceptance rather than defining themselves by a set core of values. And the Bible tells us that their reward is here on Earth. But I have seen the statistics, and they are available. I believe in eternal separation from God, simply as a continuation of the choice one makes to turn from him in this life. Now I know that you are not one of those people Jason, I’m not singling you out. We have been rescued, redeemed, and regenerated not because we are such great people,....but because of the actions of a great God. The main impression I am left with after this chapter is that when we choose our own form of 'freedom' on Earth, we will continue to receive that 'freedom' for all eternity. Not always correctly either. If your children do something wrong, you punish them. The book is broken into two parts - The Leap of Doubt, and The Reasons for Faith. provoking conversation at the intersection of faith, life, and culture, June 14, 2008 in Book reviews, Christianity, Culture, Tim Keller. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Even as my view and understanding of sin changed, this basic human trait remained. Anyone can give to a charity, and the church is a charity, and an inefficient one at that (most of the time). Context determines how it should be translated (both grammatical as well as hermeneutical context). Either we have free will to choose God, or there are a certain elect who God choses as his people. If God is capable of one day saving people out of hell why wouldn’t he? Okay, it was a hit so I will share, with the disclaimer that in my opinion you just can't beat scalloped potatoes from the oven, but i... My sweet friend Stacy is hosting Christmas Frenzy for the third year! God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. People act as if Jesus was some pacifist sheep hugging hippie who's greatest pursuit was "social justice" when his pursuit was to shed his blood to redeem a lost people. My friend Matt has been studying greek for years to get a better understanding of the New Testament. Free download or read online The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism pdf (ePUB) book. So, we are all hoping for our wicked world to be made right and are looking forward to the coming of God to fix our fallen messed up world. The new testament has 2 or 3 words that get translated to hell. Where being saved is a contractual law-binding proclamation of faith that Jesus is God’s son rather than a change in lifestyle which leads to caring for the poor (this doesn’t mean giving 10 percent of your income to the church, which only uses a fraction of the money for good), focusing on people rather than money and material objects, taking in the stranger, being peacemakers rather than warmongers, etc. In C.S. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. It is a prison of eternal self-centeredness, misery, and torture. We see people who are self-absorbed, indulgent and ruthless. My heart is ripped out of my chest every time I read stories or ... July 6, 2017 was like any other day. It’s like a person’s salvation is in danger if they even talk about it. At the End of the Chinese Rainbow: Our Journey to Patrick, Kenzie; Kooper; Kaeleb; Kambry; Kayden; Christmas, Kinley; Kooper; Encouragement through the Word, Kolton; Kooper; Kenzie; Kayden; Kambry; Kaeleb; Kinley; Kennah; Kasidi, Kuyler; Kolton; Kenzie; Kooper; Kayden; Kambry, Perspective; Encouragement through the Word. I think we need to be careful not to confuse the issue on this point. Since we were not made to live like this, we experience personal disintegration which results ultimately in self-absorption. According to Keller, Christianity is often viewed by contemporary observers as something that limits … The former deals with criticisms or issues that skeptics may have for God, while the later gives proofs. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. After all, there are people who are kindhearted, generous and selfless. Going to order the book NOW! I believe if you help people, you have the right doctrine, rather than arguing over how salvation. Further, the fact that we were made to be in relationship with this God means that our capability to thrive, flourish, and achieve our highest potential is lost when we forsake relationship with him. I don’t understand why people are so against universalism. That was actually half descent based on your review. Keller brings the chapter to a close by asking where we get our notion that God is a God of love in the first place. You can also disprove each using other texts by the same author. In the following chapter, you’ll learn about the author’s arguments on the reason why it is good to believe in the Christian God. Sin is not primarily breaking God’s laws (that is merely a symptom of a much bigger problem). This section is a reminder of his earlier chapter that argued the cultural beliefs of every person influences their interpretation of the Bible. He described Christianity as a house that included Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and various strands of Protestantism. Several years later when I accepted Christ, I recalled that statement, and it haunted me so much that I found that person and corrected myself. I recently read a book in which the author bad-mouthed doctrine in the introduction and then proceeded to present his doctrne throughout the rest of the book. Here's a teaser... One More Lady Bug is getting an updo!! I’ve been printing Stefanie’s summary just so I have paper to highlight This subject matter is too deep for me to simply read it digitally. There are many verses in the Bible that support this belief. And in the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God, he addresses each doubt and explains each reason. There are many many philosophical problems with hell as eternal punishment. ( Log Out / "I doubt the existence of a judgmental God who requires blood to pacify his wrath " said a frowning Hartmut, a graduate student from Germany. I’m working on it, and I’m trying to work with my left hand without letting my right hand know what my left is doing. Many people cite the misery in the world as evidence that a benevolent god … I will agree that God is entirely capable of doing this. The Reason for God Summary. Absolutely everyone has a doctrine (teaching) that they live by. The Reason for God is worth reading, reflecting on, and discussing with friends—both Christians and non-Christians. If there were a god, it should be held to the same standards. Full-orbed calvinism has provided me with the resources I need to think holistically about the poor and how the gospel is intended to repair every aspect of life’s brokeness. Later things armenianism and calvanism were adopted. The Reason for God by Tim Keller: Chapter 7. But, what if He did what we wanted — no one was punished, no one was banished, everyone was accepted, and all bad/good is relative. There was no word for forever in Greek. Some did, but they were declared to be outside of orthodox Christianity. “Aionas” does not mean forever, but means “Ages of Ages”. He therefore admonishes us not to be so quick to allow Western cultural sensibilities to be the final arbiter in judging whether Christianity is vaild or not. I was not impressed. Building relationships with the oppressed is what is important and that is what Jesus taught us to do. 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