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Choosing My Religion (R. C. Sproul Library) Paperback – February 1, 2005
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Are there many paths to God or only one? Targeted to teenagers, this short book seeks to answer that very question. Well-known theologian Sproul runs a balancing act between facts, personal stories, quotations from the Bible and philosophy to answer big questions. Does Truth Matter? What is God like? "The subject of this book," writes Sproul, "is based on the premise that there is, among all the possible avenues of relative truth, a path of uniquely, absolutely true truth. If there was no such path, we live in a relative universe, and all is utter nonsense." The book uses comments from students as the springboard for each topic. Readers can expect to find convincing argument combined with attractive design and very accessible language.
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"Where was this book when I was 18 and struggling with the big questions: Is there a God? Is there absolute truth? Why am I here on earth and where am I going? In a concise and simple way, Choosing My Religion teaches you how to think." --Charlie Peacock
"A profound book, bringing great truths of Scripture into the real world. R. C. Sproul brings us to the nexus of the issue: Jesus Christ or not Jesus Christ? R. C. makes this call crystal clear." --Steve Camp
"An incredible book! All who read Choosing My Religion will be challenged and encouraged to know who they believe in and why they believe what they believe." --Wes King
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The first chapter has to do with truth as opposed to relativism. The second chapter relates truth to God. In chapters three and four Sproul goes through the biblical themes of redemption and salvation from sin. The final chapter (five) is a basic description of who God is according to the Bible.
I wish I would have read this book in college when I was exploring some of the deep truths of reality and existence. I recommend this book for those who know something about Christianity and want (or need!) a basic intellectual discussion about the historic Christian faith. It won't answer all the questions one might have, but it is a good step in the right direction - the direction towards Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life.
By the way, there are study questions at the end of each chapter for discussion purposes. I recommend it not just for the individual, but also for a small group setting. I'd use it in a young adult setting, or in a setting where "seekers" or "questioners" get together to discuss the intellectual aspect of the Christian faith.
The first chapter quotes many young adults what their perspective is of belief. The answers illustrate a philosophy of relative thought: what works for me, what works for you, what is functional to the individual. RC Sproul explains why people come up with their own religion. He uses the story about the prodigal son throughout the book to illustrate his point: man's natural inclination is to rebel against God.
The second chapter starts with many quotes from young people about code of conduct or morals: how does someone choose what is right from wrong. How does someone determine what behavior is acceptable? Is there an ultimate ought ness? Sproul uses this point to explain the myths of relative truth, relative morals and a life with no absolutes. That someone may accept the concept of God, but make it out of his own choosing- not what actually exists or is described in the Bible. The author further explains the difference between a God pleasing life and a clean life to bow to social pressure to a parent or another person.
The third chapter starts with many quotes from young adults about the afterlife. Sproul goes into a discussion about how people perceive God's hatred of sin and the judgment of God. Because of today's culture tend to dismiss God's holiness and God's perspective of the deserved punishment of the created. Man does not perceive the need to be saved from the wrath of God. The author explains the difference from being saved from pain and current circumstance as compared to salvation from damnation.
The fourth chapter starts with quotes deal with perspectives about the Christian church. Sproul uses this point to argue what people perceive the Gospel is? Someone may perceive Jesus as philosopher maybe even theologian but not as the redemptive sacrifice for ones sins. Man does not want to accept the idea what punishment he deserves, so he does not want to believe in the atonement.
The fifth chapter deals with quotes about God the Father. Sproul uses this point to explain the holiness of God and worship. What does it mean to believe in a Holy God?
My brief description of this book fails to demonstrate how Sproul incorporates the story about the prodigal to explain all these points. I found the book very interesting.