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Larry Osborne - 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe.

Oct 20, 2011

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(quote) "It is no news flash that smart people can DO some pretty dumb things. But lots of times we forget that smart people can also BELIEBVE some pretty dumb things." (end of quote) ...

They sound plausible, get spread by rank-and-file Christians as well as generally reliable sources of information, i. e. pastors and small group leaders and show effects varying from "wrong, yet harmless" to "disastrous": Spiritual urban legends.

These are the falsities Osborne examines:

Dumb Idea 1: Faith Can Fix Anything (Reviewer's note - Or, to put it differently: "Firm conviction forces Jesus into satisfying his believer's wish - no matter how absurd it may be.")

Dumb Idea 2: Forgiving Means Forgetting

Dumb Idea 3: A Godly Home Guarantees Godly Kids

Dumb Idea 4: God Has a Blueprint for My Life

Dumb Idea 5: Christians Shouldn't Judge

Dumb Idea 6: Everything Happens for a Reason

Dumb Idea 7: Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

Dumb Idea 8: God Brings Good Luck (Reviewer's note: "... as well as good looks, money, health, Mr(s). Right etc.")

Dumb Idea 9: A Valley Means a Wrong Turn

Dumb Idea 10: Dead People Go to a Better Place

My opinion on this book:

It is definitely a recommendable release - which, however, will unfold its full potential only if readers are willing to slaughter their "sacred cows" (i. e. "The Feel Good Gospel") if necessary. But that is a characteristic all books discussing sensitive issues have in common ...

Yet I don't agree with the author (and the German-speaking translator respectively) in every respect:

1) On page 119 of the German edition Osborne points out that he wishes Jesus to come back later in order to increase the number of friends and family members converting to Christianity.

On the one hand, I admit that Osborne may not want his statement to be understood as I do below-mentioned. On the other, his words strongly sound like this: "We have got to go out and to tell the people about the Good News. Otherwise, they will end in Eternal Damnation!"

If that is what the author wants to express, then his words mean blatant nonsense to me.

a) God is capable of informing every living person about both the Gospel's authenticity and the real identity of "the most popular Jewish craftsman ever" within a single moment. He does not depend on you, me or anyone else.

b) Does the Cross of Calvary (let alone a huge and horrific amount of pain) suggest "divine callousness"? :-o

2) On page 162 of the German edition Osborne points out that many people divorce their spouses as they do not feel satisfied and happy in their marriage and that "In good times as in bad times" has turned into "As long as I am able to put up with it".

I assume that there some contemporaries who need to work on their "soft skills". But - what is the definition of happiness and satisfaction? How much physical/emotional pain are we supposed to accept before abandoning our (matrimonial) partnerships?

Conclusion: A great book you should read and talk about.



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