Top critical review
37 people found this helpful
Some good points, but...be careful...
on August 21, 2004
The first thing that I must say is that I agree in principle with much of what the author has to say. I believe with all my heart that God delegated authority to male and female, and that we committed high treason with our authority in that we gave it over to the enemy. I also believe that the enemy was thwarted by Jesus who redeemed us from the penalty of our treason and then delegated authority to us to take the message of the good news to all nations in preparation for his return, rule and reign.
What I take issue with is the statement that "God has limited himself to his word." I believe that God (and only God) is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. I, therefore, would never attribute the word "limited" to God - not even in a good sense, such as "limited to his word." I believe that God is quintessentially faithful to his word. I would even agree that he has "bound himself to his word." I believe it is wrong, however, to state that God is limited - in ANY way. If God is limited in any way at all, he ceases to be God.
The thing that distinguishes Christianity from every other "religion" in the world today is that Christians worship a God who is both infinite and personal. All the other gods are either finite or impersonal or both. Another word for infinite is "unlimited." The word "limited", therefore, is poorly chosen by Munroe to describe God.
You may think I'm being rather pedantic and wonder, "What does it matter what word he used? The man was simply trying to make a point." Words do matter, because, as Darrow Miller, Executive VP of Food for the Hungry states, "Ideas have consequences." Statements played out to the nth degree can result in gross misconceptions, and where the Bible is concerned, gross doctrinal problems with good folks operating under false conceptions of God potentially doing much harm to themselves and their neighbours.
Further, Jesus in Mark 4:24-25 (Amp.) states, "The measure of thought and study you give to the truth you hear is the measure of virtue and knowledge that comes back to you and more besides will be given..." The corollary is also true. That is, the measure of thought and study you give to a misstated truth is the measure of misconception and fallacy that comes back to you AND more besides..." This is where people can go off into doctrinal La La Land.
Another statement is made applying the 5 principles related to God. The author said that the reason people are not healed is because they don't have enough faith. The problem with that statement is that it pre-supposes that there is only one reason for anyone anywhere anytime to be ill or remain ill. Anyone who really thinks about this would hopefully realise that the reasons for folks becoming and remaining ill are as many and varied as there are people. Any lawyer worth his salt would knock down that kind of statement and reasoning in a nanosecond in a court of law. It simply is poor logic. The speaker's statement is a false conclusion based on a wrong assumption.
Unfortunately, Christians are an incredibly gullible lot, and tend to swallow statements like this whole without thinking about them. Then they go around telling sick people that they just gotta have faith! It seems, at times, that we've learnt nothing from the oldest writings of Scripture, e.g., Job. (A good book on the subject of healing is written by Joy Dawson, "Some of the Ways of God in Healing." - As the title indicates, even she doesn't pretend to know ALL of God's ways in healing.)