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- Publication Date: September 18, 2013
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- Language: English
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Satan, The Devil and The Adversary Kindle Edition
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Christians are the most susceptible to believing and accepting ALL they've been taught -- especially in today's religious world. Dr. Ron McRay's treatment of the subject should give insightful readers truths they've not encountered before -- with an end result of greater hope and a stronger faith in the one and only GOD of the universe. Thank you, Dr. McRay for your time and effort in penning this extraordinary work!
As Dr Ron points out so eloquently in his new book, this adversary called “Satan” has not been around that long, and has only been seen to any degree in the latter part of the book we Christians call the Bible. Incidentally this “Satan” is far from being a Biblical phenomenon.
The most important aspect of Dr Ron’s book is the concept, not unique to him, but eloquently explained, of Deconstruction. I had not heard of the term until very recently and its revelation, especially in Dr Ron’s book, has removed quite a few of the misunderstandings I had about the Bible.
Dr Ron’s book is all about the “adversary” and the “hows and whys” of its gradual appearance in the Bible. It is also about how Jesus, God, and the words written by the Biblical authors communicate information to the people they originally wrote to, and to us who read the words today.
As a teacher of mathematics and science, I have over the years realized how important it is to talk to one’s audience at a level and with concepts they can understand so as to build on those concepts to greater understanding. For example, did Jesus understand the laws of Physics, quantum mechanics, how the universe came into existence………? Did he know what caused mental illness and disease? Did He believe the Father was in a battle for the “souls” of men with an evil fallen angel called Satan?
Up until a few hundred years ago, the world did not know that it was crucial to look after the food we eat --- to protect ourselves from disease!! Londoners used to toss their garbage and excrement into the streets below. The general population believed that disease came from all kinds of different sources but cleanliness did not seem to be a solution. In the Middle Ages, demonic causality was seen to be the cause of many conditions; some people may have attributed nearly every adverse condition to demons.
As Dr Ron points out so eloquently, Jesus did not try to cram “His understanding” down the throats of those who thought differently. He dealt with people where they were in their understanding of the world and built on that understanding toward His ultimate objectives of preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
In my youth I wanted to convince others of my beliefs and felt failure when unable to do so. We are all on our own particular path in pursuit of understanding spiritual things ---- all we can do is live our lives and be good examples of love to one another. And to me that is what Dr Ron’s excellent book does. It explains and gives understanding – but it does it all in love and respect for the reader.
“These peoples [in the surrounding nations] had relatively primitive and sometimes erroneous perceptions …that were shared by Israel as a whole and by the biblical authors in particular. And yet it remains that these [false] conceptions … were the indispensable vehicle of religious truth. … for if … God had caused the inspired writers to speak with complete scientific accuracy, the people of Israel would not have understood the saving truth which it was their purpose to convey, any more than it could have grasped their scientific teaching ….” [quote from Page 355, Dr Ron’s book]
Gary Reid, Ontario Canada