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Fascinating and Revealing
on March 7, 2009
I don't usually do non-fiction, but the title and idea of Fixing Abraham caught my fancy and I knew I wanted to check it out. I'm not disappointed. It is fascinating reading.
When we read about our Biblical heroes such as Abraham, David and Solomon, for example, we tend to forget about their all-too-human acts and misbehavior. This book by writer Christ Tiegreen takes a look at these guys in a modern context. I'll give one example, but you'll have to get the book to see the others.
In one chapter the author sets the scene of a conversation between two men, officials in a ministry destroyed when their leader falls into blatant and public immorality. The ministry is ruined, the leader disgraced, and now these two men are contemplating a warehouse full of products that no one will ever buy. Even if the leader repents and is forgiven, can he ever return to the ministry? Will the public allow that? Okay, you've got the picture, I'm sure.
Now, let's take a look at Solomon. Or David. Either one will work. David? He committed adultery with a married woman then ordered her husband killed so he could marry her. Sure, we all know that yet we still revere his as a man whom God loved. Same with Solomon.
But put either one of them in today's culture, what would happen? Would we go to the bookstore to buy and read David's Psalms after we learned about his sin? Or Solomon's Proverbs? Or Song of Songs, or Ecclesiastes? Or would we begin to question the words we once loved and cherished and look on them now with suspicion? After all, David was an adulterer and a murderer.
"If Solomon had been teaching and writing today and then faltered as he did, Proverbs would be thrown into the evangelical Dumpster."
I'm going to stop here. You really need to read this book. It will give you a whole new perspective.
Oh! Consider this: Mary, Jesus' mother, today--engaged but unmarried, pregnant yet still a virgin