Brennan Manning and His Views on the Bible/ Cross
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Biblical God Does Not Exist
Says Brennan Manning
In Discipleship Journal Issue 100 1997 page 78 in an interview, Brennan Manning recommends William Shannon's book, Silence on Fire and Thomas Keating's book on centering prayer, Open Mind, Open Heart. In Silence on Fire, 'Shannon blasts the Christian, Biblical God. Page 109, 110 "This is a typical patriarchal notion of God. He is the God of Noah who sees people deep in sin, repents that He made them and resolves to destroy them. He is the God of the desert who sends snakes to bite His people because they murmured against Him. He is the God of David who practically decimates a people ... He is the God who exacts the last drop of blood from His Son, so that His just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased. This God whose moods alternate between graciousness and fierce anger. This God does not exist." Please note Manning uses this quote nearly word for word in his book Above All [pg. 58](foreword by Michael W. Smith)
Manning's View of the Bible
"I am deeply distressed by what I only can call in our Christian culture the idolatry of the Scriptures. For many Christians, the Bible is not a pointer to God but God himself. In a wordbibliolatry. God cannot be confined within the covers of a leather-bound book. I develop a nasty rash around people who speak as if mere scrutiny of its pages will reveal precisely how God thinks and precisely what God wants."Brennan Manning, Signature of Jesus, pp. 188-189