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You Mean That Isn't in the Bible?: 10 Popular Beliefs That Simply Aren't True Kindle Edition
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Several of the issues Rich tackles certainly are popular Christian "myths" today - but are, I think, basically non-issues. Most Christians do not, I suspect, believe that they become angels when they die; that's a non-Christian belief and certainly one that would be dispelled by the least bit of Bible study or teaching. I'm also not aware of this ever being taught in a church. So it's not what I'd call a "Christian" myth. Similarly, very few Christians believe there are "many" paths to God; the basis of Christianity is the belief that Jesus is the ONE way. So, again, not exactly a common "Christian" myth but certainly a common non-Christian belief.
Where Rich seems to go the farthest astray is in his chapters on prayer and free will. In the chapter on prayer, one could easily gain the impression that there is simply no POINT to prayer, as God's gonna do whatever He wants anyway. The point Rich seems to be trying to make is that you can't "force" or "coerce" or "convince" God to do what you want through prayer - and that of course is true. But if there was no point to prayer other than it being a sort of emotional need, then - well, there's no point to prayer at all. He totally misses any sense of connection with God, of attempting to determine God's will in your life, of supplicating God. How about "you have not because you ASK not?"
In the chapter on free will, as other reviewers have noted, Rich strays even farther off base - and a good indication here is that he is virtually unable to use SCRIPTURE to support his arguments. Instead, he sets up a series of straw men to knock down.Read more ›
David Rich bemoans the situation in many churches today where people only believe what their Pastors tell them, rather than studying the Bible themselves; however his own particular doctrinal positions (that he is a creationist, a fundamentalist, an evangelical and a Calvinist) are firmly behind much of his argument in this book which might limit its appeal to many readers as he makes little reference to differences in interpretation of various passages and that other views might have some validity.
Many of his explanations I found unconvincing, even if I might agree with the overall concept, and his rather didactic style didn't seem congruent with his status as (apparently) a well-respected motivational speaker.
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Well written, made me go to the word to make sure what was written was congruent with the word of God. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bonnie Tigner
This is an accurate, concise overview of common misconceptions. Very easy read. We are using it for an adult SS class. Everyone gets involved in the discussion.Published on May 1, 2010 by Caron
This small volume contains quite a bit of very good information with a little bit of nonsense.
David Rich does a pretty good job of debunking several popular (but... Read more
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