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Ten Lies About God And How You Might Already Be Deceived Paperback – February 8, 2002

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"Many people today, inside and outside Christianity, are deceived in their beliefs about God and spiritual truth. If you don't believe me, just read this book. Dr. Lutzer clearly exposes the lies so many believe to be the 'gospel truth.'"

Dr. John F. Ankerberg, The John Ankerberg Show

"This is one of those books that seems to be charged with a strange electricity. The reader can't get through the author's preface without feeling a compulsion to discover the impact of the first chapter-and from there on to the tenth of the 'lies about God.' And his epilogue is as passionate an appeal to trust God as I have seen. Excellent reading for Christians as well as nonbelievers."

D. James Kennedy, Ph.D., Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

About the Author

Dr. Erwin Lutzer is Senior Pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago. The author of several books, including the Gold Medallion award-winning Hitler's Cross, the CBA bestseller, One Minute After You Die, and his latest release, Ten Lies About God, Dr. Lutzer is a featured speaker on the Moody Broadcast Network daily radio broadcast, "Running to Win." He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Chicago and are the parents of three children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (February 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849943329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849943324
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ten Lies About God is a fine, modern-day summation of several years of studies that leading Christian authorities have undertaken in order to explain who God is and isn't. Throughout the chapters are themes or lies embraced throughout the world that contain messages that either misidentify or misappropriate the attributes of Almighty God. For instance, in our Western society, there is such a primary focus on the so-called good life that God is a god of materialism and financial prosperity, and many have come to believe that this God is described in the Bible. However, Lutzer offers a serious rebuttal to this concept; on page 7, he cites, "It would be difficult indeed to convince the martyrs of the church that it was actually their God-given right to be healthy and prosperous; they would have been content with poverty, if only they had been delivered from the lion's mouth or the assassin's sword."
Not only does Lutzer point out each lie and then contrast it with the viewpoints of the 1st Century Christians, he also attempts to explain, whether it is from a scriptural or sociological point of view, why so many false ideas have come to exist. He says that, in essence, we are of an idolatrous nature and that the kinds of ideas about God that one constructs or misconstructs is a reflection of the condition of his or her heart.
Though Lutzer does not take on the burden of expaining the myriads of hardships and sufferings that have existed throughout man's history, he nonetheless states that God has our best interests at heart and that His ways are not always to be comprehended. In sum, Lutzer says that this is where the elements are faith are drawn, for it is when God is acting in such a way that seems contrary to our perception of His nature that we must acknowledge that He loves us and that many of His purposes will continue to be a mystery until the next life.
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Lutzer chose a very good title and a very good premise for writing this book. And while there were parts of the book that were quite good, he ultimately tried to bite off more than he could chew with this book in my view.
Lutzer's premise for the book is that there are ten 'lies' about God that he intends to analyze and refute. These lies are indeed attention grabbing and successfully generate interest in the reader to read what Lutzer has to say. Unfortunately in my view, in order to really do justice to many of these 'lies', much more than a chapter of examination is desperately in order. Whole books could be written on many of the lies that Lutzer attempts to contain within 20 page chapters, and the result is a book that doesn't dig nearly deep enough to do justice to the very compelling lies and subsequent questions that are asked in this book.
Each of the lies are the starting points for the chapters in the book. I think Lutzer did a good job of identifying many popularly held views about God. The lies in this book are quite pervasive throughout the culture and it is good that Lutzer attempted to discredit them. But all too often, I found that the chapters started out better than they ended, with Lutzer doing a good job of setting the table, but falling short in the quality of the meal. In particular, Lutzer repeatedly reinforced what I guess is a deeply held belief of his that I don't agree with, and it is this belief that often hurts the quality of his analysis, in my view. In my view, he too often takes the easy way out on tough questions related to purpose, suffering, creation, and omnipotence by essentially saying that good answers aren't available to these kind of questions.
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What an excellent find! I had been looking for material to help me address some of the common issues that non-believers or those seeking Christianity often wonder about.This book is a fabulous resource for those wanting to clarify and define Biblical principles. It is well organized, and does not shy away from difficult questions that those questioning the validity of the Bible often raise. Intelligently written, it relies heavily on scriptural references rather than simply the author's opinion. A must read for those interested in strengthening their "witness".
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I am using this book in a men's study group and it has sparked a great deal of discussion within our cross-denominational group. I doubt that everyone will agree with all of Lutzer's conclusions and he is a little vague in some areas but the book raises some valid points about the diversity of belief in our modern world. His ultimate conclusion that there are absolutes in our world that were placed there by God and that we are not free to change them to suit our personal preference will not be popular in a pluralistic society but is Biblically sound. This would be a good book to share with anyone who is caught up in false beliefs and seeking to discover what Christianity says about some hard issues.
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Erwin Lutzer continue to be the most clearly spoken and forth right observer of modern Christian culture today. This is yet another one of his books that helps you discern between correct and aberrant theology and the impact that each has on our lives and in our culture. I am always enlightened by his insights and wisdom. Most importantly, his writing style makes it easy to feel like you have a grasp on the subject after reading about it. I would highly recommend this for anyone who needs a refresher on who God is and what He isn't
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