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What Satan was unable to accomplish the first time (essentially because of God’s timing and purposes), he has worked to achieve now and it appears as though God is going to allow Satan to build what he failed to build in Genesis 11. Of course, Satan has learned from his mistakes. He’s not interested gathering everyone together to build a physical structure that attempts to reach to the heavens. Today’s individual couldn’t care less about that. Unlike those who lived during the days of Noah after the Flood and believed in some sort of very powerful deity, today’s average person is lost, without God in the world. They more than likely see themselves as some sort of deity, if they have any religious beliefs and affirmations at all. This person would not benefit from a physical structure that directs their attention to the heavens, when in point of fact, Satan has been directing people to see themselves as gods.
People like Rob Bell are “smooth” and use “flattering speech” to specifically deceive people’s hearts. These particular people hang on every word of people like Rob Bell. They see him as a great teacher and even a type of prophet. They are honored to be in his presence because they hear what they believe to be “love.” Is it?
Satan – using a garden variety snake – simply focused Eve’s attention on the command and then asked a question. “Did God really say what you think He said?” This caused Eve to start thinking and rethinking the whole thing. Well, gee, the tree sure looked good for food. Smells good too! Maybe we misunderstood God. Eve obviously did when she added that God told them they couldn’t even touch it, which is something God never said.
But, as Lighthouse Trails has pointed out, the real problem with tonight’s event may well have to do with New Ager Roma Downey. Most will remember Downey as being connected to the docudrama for The History Channel, The Bible. Most may not be aware that Roma (along with husband, Mark Burnett) are heavily involved in New Age mysticism, in spite of calling themselves Christians. They seem to equate to people like Eckhardt Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Tony Robbins, and too many others to name here. Downey has endorsed books that fall squarely into the New Age category. Her theology is suspect only because of the company she keeps and her willingness to endorse books/authors who are not within Christian circles, but who are involved in mystical ones.
The problem with The Shack – from a theological perspective – is manifold. I have a Bachelor in Bible, a Masters in Biblical Studies, and a Doctorate in Theology. While I certainly do not know everything about the Bible (and don’t claim to), I do understand more than basic doctrine and theology. I have studied Greek and am currently taking more Hebrew. The theological ideology of The Shack is one that is filled to the brim with theological problems, if we are basing that work on the Bible. This is the case, loosely speaking.