Published by CWR Press on April 22nd 2015
What is God like? Toxic images abound: God the punishing judge, the deadbeat dad, the genie in a bottle—false gods that need to be challenged.
But what if, instead, God truly is completely Christlike? What if His love is more generous, his Cross more powerful, and his gospel more beautiful than we’ve dared to imagine? What if our clearest image of God is the self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering Love revealed on the Cross? What if we had 'A More Christlike God'?
To read this book you have to have an open mind. I can see where the author is coming from but at the same time I had a lot of questions swirling through my head.
Here’s the downside to this book. If you trust the bible and believe in the God of the bible, then you have to believe the entire thing. That includes believing in the deaths, and there are plenty, in the prophecies portion (or Old Testament) of the bible. I can see where and why Bradley Jersak is saying what he is and Jesus being the embodiment of God is a fabulous, wondrous, loving persona. But if we take the God, only as a very thoughtful and loving Jesus, then we forget about the rest of the bible.
It is important for those that believe the bible to believe the entire thing. Yes, it was written by man, and yes in different times, and yes I do try to live my life like Jesus. I want to be a very loving, caring,and giving Christian. But that should not mean to forsake all of the other things that God did prior to Jesus.
In my mind if we are to take the portion of Jesus and not the rest of the Bible then why believe in the prophecies at all. So much has come true that is from the Old Testament and that is what has helped lead me to believe in Christ. If we take that out then what do we have to believe in? Jesus was a man just like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Buddha.
Taking Christianity and taking the part out of it that creates the pathway for Jesus seems to be the wrong way to go about things. I agree that we can all focus more on the loving portion that is Jesus and his teachings. I think we can learn quite a bit from Jesus every day and it would be nice to teach our children these same things. However, that should not include taking out the portions we do not agree with.
As a new Christian I am still learning a lot. So far reading the bible is a test of faith in itself! I can say that when I have questions I go to the bible; the New or Old Testament. I do not want to take any part of the bible, or the history of God, and say that it is less worthy of other portions. If we start to do that then it just becomes another book that does not matter.
That being said, I believe the author is trying to put out there that maybe we all should look at God as a more loving God instead of this evil God that we have set up as a father that we only see when he is there to punish us. It is important to have a relationship with God. Thinking of the personification of God, Jesus, we can see that he is indeed a loving being. There’s a lot in this one so I think I am going to have to read it again to ingest it all when I understand more about the bible.
In short: I think I understand where the author is coming from but I think it is also quite important to remember that as Christians the entire bible is important to us.