Why do you read the books you read?
Why do you listen to the music you listen to?
Do you realize that entertainment is much more than entertainment?
“The Shack,” a movie coming out on March 3, is based on William P. Young’s 2007, best-selling (20 million) book. There has been much written about the book and the upcoming movie. Tim Challies wrote a 13-page review that deals with specific doctrinal errors the book contains. I would strongly recommend reading this review. One of the most important sections of the review is on Scripture & Revelation. One of the two biggest problems in the book and thus the movie is the downplaying of Scripture and the overemphasizes of personal experience. Challies writes “When we admit God has not, in the Bible, said all that He needs to say to us, we open the doors for all manner of new revelation much of which may contradict the Bible.”
In “The Shack,” Young tells the tragic story of Mack and the subsequent renewal of his faith through an experience at the same shack where his murdered daughter’s clothes were found. At the shack, Mack has a face-to-face encounter with God the Father – a woman, God the Son – a middle-aged man and “God the Holy Spirit” – a woman. This representation of each part of the Trinity in human form is the second major problem with the book and especially the movie.
In another post about the movie, Challies writes this “to portray the Spirit is to vastly misrepresent the Spirit; to portray the Spirit is to blaspheme the Spirit.” The same could be said of portraying God the Father. I understand this post may not keep you from watching “The Shack.” I also know that as a pastor of a local church it is my responsibility to equip the church to think and act Biblically.
I am writing this post, not as a slam against a movie but rather out of a desire to make much of God and a desire to help others make much of God.
At the beginning of this post I tried to explain the challenge of writing about “entertainment.”
I know people who have read “The Shack” and said, “It is just a book.”
I also know people who have read “The Shack” and said, “It is a great book that gave me a different perspective of God.”
Here is a quote to consider...