by Teresa Morris
courtesy Kjos Ministries
The novel The Shack portrays God as being a woman. However, Jesus consistently called God, “Father.” When His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, Jesus taught them to address God as “Our Father which art in Heaven…” And when God Almighty became incarnate as a human being, God became a man — not a woman.
The Bible warns us not to add to Scripture or take away from it. Yet, today’s so-called “gender neutral Bibles” both add to new words and notions to Scripture and take away from Scripture. They remove references that are clearly male, and they add statements that imply a “father/mother” God. Do the publishers simply ignore Scriptures such as these:
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18-19
In spite of those warnings, many Christians accept the female “God” of The Shack. Some pastors are preaching from the book, and some church study groups are based on it. As a result, many Christians have become used to thinking of God as being a woman. This is being done primarily through their imagination rather than their intellect.
Since those images are implanted in the mind and memory, reading novels and watching movies can change a person’s worldview.
How could so many Christians accept The Shack in spite of its portrayal of God as a woman? One reason is the prevalence of goddess-related themes in entertainment, the media, and video games. Images of goddesses permeate our culture. (We even have “goddess dresses” for sale in department stores.) In addition, some people literally worship goddesses.
Goddess worship is most apparent among “neo-pagans.” However, it is also common in universities and nursing schools. It is promoted by the media and is a component of New Age feminism. It has infiltrated main-line denominational churches, and its influence can be felt throughout our society.Click here to read this entire article.