Bell; Stott; Malaysia, the Bible and Allah (AGAIN!)

Mark Galli’s Review of “Love Wins,” does give some positive point in stating Bell’s desire to present a more acceptable and understandable gospel to his cultural peers. But in Galli’s opinion, in Bell doing so, he raises more problems. One of the problems is that Bell seems to be selective in what he views as biblical relaven teaching. Here’s a quote from the article:

“But it’s here that we run up against Bell’s hermeneutic, that is, the principle by which he decides if a biblical teaching is relevant. Why, for example, is blood atonement a time-bound explanation of the Cross, but the divinity of Christ is a deep mystery we shouldn’t shun? Why are Paul’s statements about the universality of salvation taken literally, but his teaching on substitutionary atonement as mere creative writing?”

Here is a short article on John Stott, basically announcing a book based on other people’s observation concerning their personal views of Stott’s life, “warts and all.” And whats more, it was Stotts idea to start of with.

Over in Malaysia there has been an flood of reports concerning the detention 35,000 bibles by local authorities. This comes up after issues concerning the word “Allah” which ‘authorities’ say might mislead Muslims to embrace Christianity. This was an earlier statement by Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM); Arab Christians express their concerns; BBC has an article about this here; A stinging rebuke by Christian leaders to the government can be read here; The government’s “reasonable compromise” in the release of the Bibles can be read here.

 

God the Drama Queen?

A God we are comfortable with is a God who is controlled and shows the least bit of emotion. I mean in real life as well we get uncomfortable with people who get emotional, who cry suddenly or get raving mad at something in an instant. I try my best to keep a controlled look myself. It works for me. So in a way we do want God to fit the ‘controlled’ type of persona.

I read an article by Mark Galli of CT entitled “Divine Drama Queen” and found it rather refreshing. It’s a cleaver piece, geared to jolt our minds about God. He did that for me in the book “Jesus Mean and Wild,” which I must say I liked because it kicked my ass in a way of what I thought about Jesus. We like to think of Jesus as the nice, mild and lovable man. But reading the bible opens our eyes to someone quite different from what we thought to be. But, yes, Jesus is meek and loving, even forgiving but that’s not the whole picture.

Like wise God is not all what we think about him to be. So take some time reading the piece by Galli.