|Forgiveness...so many of us struggle to forgive the people that have done us wrong. That is not what this book is about. This book explains how to get forgiveness from God.
The author starts by explaining why we need forgiveness from God - sin. He explains how the disease-model treatment "alleviates any sense of guilt, while making people feel they are victims, helplessly bound for life to their affliction." On the biblical side, the Old Testament says atonement comes from the shedding of a substitute's blood. Yuck! Nowhere in the bible does it say that doing good deeds for merit would wipe out sin, which is something the churches developed.
Only God can forgive sin. We all know that Jesus has done miracles in his life and one example is healing the man who was a paralytic. The Pharisees were determined to prove that Jesus was not creating miracles and was a blasphemer. If only God could forgive sin, then how could Jesus? God forgave through His son. In the story of the paralytic, Jesus tried to show the Pharisees just that.
To maintain an intimate relationship with God, you need to continually confess your sins to him. "True confession of sin is not just admitting you did something wrong, but acknowledging that your sin was against God and in defiance of Him personally." God does not love us for who we are, but in spite of who we are. The best example is through the story of the prodigal son. It shows that God is slow to anger and swift to forgive. His father took the guilt and shame from his son and that was against all the laws in that era.
"According to Jesus, it's very, very difficult to be saved." That the "kingdom is for those who agonize to enter it, whose hearts are shattered over their sinfulness, who mourn in meekness, who hunger and thirst and long for God to change their lives." Basically, we need to confess our sins and plead for mercy. Before we die though, God wants us to forgive others. "Those who exemplify God's character are loving, kind, tender, and forgiving. That's the kind of attitude God expects from those who are His new creations in Christ."
I GIVE THIS BOOK: β β β out of 5βs
This book was nothing like I thought it would be. I thought I would be reading a book that gives advice on how to forgive others so I can forgive myself. The book ended up being about how God can only give forgiveness. The author used stories and Scripture from the Bible to explain this. I enjoyed reading the stories. I have never read the Bible (at least, not yet) and enjoy learning in any way I can. The morale of the stories was easy to understand, but the author kept repeating the same things over and over and it annoyed me.
That, however, is the good in the book. By the second page of the book, I was outraged at his opinions about illness and disabilities. He states that all "kinds of immorality and evil conduct are now identified as symptoms of this or that psychological illness." I suffer from a disability. However, I DO NOT blame my disability for things others or I perceive as wrong or sinful. My therapist does not try to bring up other things to continue therapy sessions. My therapist told me to turn to religion and find a church and my life will change for the better. I was very offended by the author right out of the gate, yet I continued the read the book without any bias.
Is this 114-page book worth the $12.99 it states on the back cover? That is for you to decide, but I would tell you to search for a different book on forgiveness. At least one that is more substantial for the price you pay.
If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself!
Until next time, take life one page at a time!
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