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What I thought would be a good read using science to prove the existence of God has turned out to be a Marius Forte ramblings into reincarnation and Karma, the teaching of religions like Hinduism, not Christianity. He thinks you die and keep coming back to this life to improve yourself until you finally get accepted into Heaven. Let me quote a sentence from p.79, "Only reincarnation can explain the divine justice that we yearn for- the explanation that life is fair, people get their due and reap what they sow. It explains, though only to a certain degree, why some are born into favor and others, hardship." Folks, that's all this book is about. He is pushing a false teaching that YOUR salvation is dependent upon anything rather than Jesus only. Marius makes Christ out to be a liar because Jesus said, I am the (only) way. What Forte is saying is that YOU are responsible for improving your soul until it can be found acceptable by God. Pure rubbish! Forte's ideas are directly opposed to the Bible, but right in line with New Age thinking. Who should you believe, Christ or Forte. DUH! What a waste of time and money and I bought two books to give as presents. Now they will be filed properly in the trash.
I am disappointed in this book. As I skimmed & read several parts of the book before I sat down to really read it, I felt I was going to really be enlightened...until I realized that he believes in reincarnation. First of all, the Bible does not back up this belief, and secondly, for anyone who is looking forward to eternity & it's joys, peace-- "no more sorrow tears & pain..." what a shocking disappointment to think we would have to go back into another body & do it all over again, until we get it right. I don't think so.......
I was disappointed in the book. I would not recommend it. The metaphysical descriptions are interesting but nothing to do with your soul. The author is pushing reincarnation. Which I do not believe in. Study the Bible, save your money.
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The Answer offers answers to 21 important questions about the existence & nature of God, man and the universe. In the process, it presents a syncretistic philosophy that weaves Christianity with greek, eastern and modern thought.
This is one of the most readable metaphysics books I have encountered. The text is peppered with well-placed, pithy quotes from prominent figures in history, science, art, and pop culture, often in unexpected places. Excellent layout and manageable chapter sizes make weighty concepts easy to digest.
Skeptics will find their (atheistic) faith shaken by many of the concepts presented in The Answer; the book does a good job of exposing the shaky foundations of atheistic philosophy.
To summarize The Answer's answer, life is a continuous opportunity for man to improve his soul; man is able to satisfy Justice and "reap what he has sown" through the cycles of reincarnation. However, I find this to be in contradiction with the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which clearly state that man lives only one life wherein he is completely unable to improve himself morally; to satisfy divine justice, man is wholly dependent on Christ's payment for his sin by Christ's incarnation and sacrificial death, and man is wholly dependent on Christ's actual good works done on his behalf.
So, don't stop with The Answer. Look to the Bible for the ultimate answers. The Creator has revealed himself in time and space.
(For additional reading on the doctrines of Scripture, I recommend the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminister Standards.)
Well, there really is nothing new under the sun here. Clearly the authors are not scientists, philosophers or theologians. The thinking here is neither clear or logical. In the first half the author provides reincarnation as the answer to life's questions. We're here in successive lives to atone for our past bad Karma. Earthly life is really just a school where though various lives we learn how to get it right. Our position is heaven depends on how well we learn these lessons. The more we have purified our souls on earth the closer we will be to God. Those who don't do such a good job will be farther way from God in Heaven. The book is an attempt (and not a very good one) to combine Eastern religious thought and Christianity. In the second half he talks about Jesus, the Son of God, and how Jesus died and took the sins of the world on his shoulders. Christ provides Grace to us that we might merit heaven through his death on the cross. . Well, if Jesus provides the Grace and imputes it to us why do we need to live numerous lives to make us for our sins? The first half and the second half of the book are mutually exclusive. If one is right the other must be wrong. Again all this has been said before in a much clearer way. The last part of the book is essentially a essay on positive thinking. Christianity believes that people can never achieve the perfection that God requires on their own, thus the necessity of Jesus. This book gets it all mixed up. If you are into New Age thinking you might like it, if you are an atheist you will probably laugh at it and if you are a Christian you'll just walk away shaking your head. Save your money