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  • The Skeletons in God's Closet

  • The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War
  • Auteur(s): Joshua Ryan Butler
  • Narrateur(s): Conrad Bear
  • Durée: 10 h et 53 min
  • 5,0 out of 5 stars (3 évaluations)

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Is God a sadistic torturer? Coldhearted judge? Genocidal maniac? Unfortunately, our popular caricatures often make him out to be. God has some skeletons in the closet. At least, that's what many of us fear. "How can a loving God send people to hell?" "Isn't it arrogant to believe Jesus is the only way to God?" "What is up with holy war in the Old Testament?" These are difficult questions that our family, our friends, our culture - even we ourselves - are asking. The Skeletons in God's Closet pulls these skeletons out of the closet to show that they were never really skeletons at all - but part of the good news that God is good and coming to redeem his world. Hell is not an "underground torture chamber" God creates to torture sinners, but a destructive power we unleash that God has promised to redeem his world from - it represents an extravagant act of mercy. Judgment is not "churchgoers go to heaven, everyone else goes to hell," but God coming to raise humanity from death and set his world right by calling things out as they really are - and the results are a shocking surprise. Holy war is not "the strong using God to justify their conquest of the weak," but God arising on behalf of the weak when the tyranny of the strong has raged for far too long - he is the hope of the world. Mercy. Surprise. Hope. Not what we usually think. Ultimately, The Skeletons in God's Closet uses our toughest questions to provoke paradigm shifts in how we understand our faith as a whole: we'll pull the "skeletons out of God's closet" to reveal they were never really skeletons at all. We'll grapple with the "skeletons in the ground" of tragedy, injustice and death in our world - to explore resurrection as God's good answer. Most importantly, we'll affirm that God is good "in his very bones" - not just in what he does but in who he is. This is an audiobook that sings loudly, boldly, and clearly: God is good and coming to redeem his world.

©2014 eChristian (P)2014 eChristian

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  • Debra Mecartea
  • 2017-08-07

More unanswered questions

The author seemed proud that he had answers questions I never had and left the questions I did have unanswered. He tried to interpret away some hard passages, but left me unsatisfied. The reader's voice was rather dull...but maybe it was the book.

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  • Au global
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  • Christiana Womack
  • 2015-09-20

Repetitive but powerful

The style felt more like a collection of sermons than a book. The content of the "sermons" was very powerful, insightful and revolutionary. But within the format of a book it came across as VERY repetitive. So much so that it sounded like the same thing was being said over and over again. I still gave it four stars because the content was that good. Definitely worth reading or listening to.

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  • Au global
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-06-04

Not biblical

This author speaks to the person in such a way that he hopes to defend God. God does not need defending.
Author applies the Bible, The Word of God to his understanding of it and not the way it should be applied, as in applying the Bible to your life and living it. Would not recommend

  • Au global
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  • Beverly O
  • 2022-04-25

A must read!

This book helped me tremendously. Finally someone is willing to address the confusing issues of God, mercy and hell that we are taught to not question and also not talk about. I have recommended this book to anyone who I think would read it. He backs his words with scripture and puts it into context with what was understood at that time. If you have wondered why we are taught that God is love and mercy, but also wrath and torture, this is a must read. It doesn’t dismiss hell, but brings it to a reality that in a way, scares me more than burning for eternity. The reality that I chose my desires over Him and one day he will stop pursuing and give me the desire of my heart.

  • Au global
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  • Doug
  • 2022-01-19

Paradigm Shifting Biblical Insight

This is a fantastic and thoughtful understanding of God‘s goodness, justice, and intolerance for all that makes a mess of this world. Reading this gives me hope in the goodness of our God and a deeper understanding of his repulsion over the evil and violence, oppression and injustice we see in our world.

  • Au global
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  • Josiah
  • 2021-11-13

Tahis is a important book

this book deals with so many issues that today's world needs to hear. when I say issues I mean issues with the Christian church and ways we have wrongly interpreted scripture. through the wrong depictions of hell and holy war I believe we are not showing the love of Christ in the ways that we should.

The main points in this book is something that I have heard people talk about but I needed more of, people like Tim Keller, CS Lewis and Bridgetown Church, I heard about these concepts but always needed more. this book fleshes out the negative caricatures created by Christians and the world and shows not only how they're wrong but how the answer brings life. I'll be recommending this book to all of my loved ones and friends.

  • Au global
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-11-07

Good Content... Mediocre Narration

I heard about this book from Tim Mackie's podcast. I found it very informative. I don't know the theology of the author, but he definitely references Augustine quite frequently.

That aside, I was most interested in the parts concerning Hell and final judgement. This book gives a really solid option to consider if the popular fundamentalist view of eternal torment.

I will definitely listen again.

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  • Trevor Michael Branch
  • 2021-09-12

Interesting perspective but a little one sided.

I think the view here is a bit incomplete. The author seems to follow a lot of David vs Goliath thinking where the issue might more really be inside all of us and then what do we do about that. I agree that western empires have left a lot of damage in their wake but so have communism and then individuals. Just because other nations and people are maybe less powerful doesn't mean they don't do the same things. Oppressor and oppressed are everywhere. Its all about people. I think it's important to go into more nuance than pointing out the big obvious points. If you're wanting to push back against American Evangelical Nationalism then this does well as a foil, but it can seem a bit one sided in situations where in most cases offense is either committed on both sides or where it's more about individuals than an entire nation or corporations being the big players. Yes there can be and are institutional issues but that's the way of the world- so what do we do as Jesus people in an entire world that follows Babylon that's the big question that should have been answered and was left behind. Sin and Babylon are at the Core of the ways of this world. I'm left feeling like every organization and country is guilty which leaves really no action on my side than to disassociate from obvious evil and do the best I can. Altogether a good read but left more to be desired in application and could have been more well rounded in the critiques - ultimately no kingdom in this world will align with God's kingdom and its important to recognize that Christians should really consider only Babylon and Christ's kingdoms as options. Pointing the finger at American misses the point all kingdoms western or not fight for their own power and glory and commit atrocities in their own interests. Even small tribes and individuals commit atrocities that's why it's really about two kingdoms not just the west vs the world. I did appreciate the dive into sin and judgment - this is really great for people that aren't reading their Bible all the way through which is sadly probably many, worth the read just wish some areas were more balanced and fleshed out.

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  • Kyle Vath
  • 2021-06-07

A book promoting atheism

This book will do more for atheism than any book promoting atheism will ever do.

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  • Helene S.
  • 2021-03-23

Worth listening to

This book contains really interesting ideas and I will be working through it again.