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The real meaning of love, judgment and forgiveness
3/25/2010 12:04:43 PM

Willie, the narrator of “The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity” by Wm. Paul Young, said what happened three years ago totally changed the melody of Mack, the main character's, life. It's a song he can't wait to play for us.
In wrestling with the trauma concerning the brutal murder of Missy, his youngest daughter, Mack asks the question: “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answer he got about the real meaning of love, judgment and forgiveness are astounding and transformational.
To shatter Mack's religious stereotypes God, also known as “Elousia” and “Papa” appears as a large black woman, Saraya, the Holy Spirit is an Asian woman, and Jeshua, also known as “Jesus”is Middle Eastern from the House of Judah. Together they challenge Mack's prejudices and preconceived ideas about what it means to be a Christian. Jesus explains how judgment is not about destruction but setting things right. That he is not a fan of the institutions of religion, politics and economics. How they have become a man-made trinity of terrors.
Jesus said, “Just because you believe something firmly doesn't make it true. Be willing to examine what you believe. The more you live in the truth the more your emotions will help you see clearly.” Jesus surprised Mack in saying, “I am not a Christian...Those who have loved me come from every system that exists...I see people and their lives, a living, breathing community of all those that love me, not buildings and programs.” All I want from you is to grow in loving the people around you with the same love I share with you. “We (God, The Holy Spirit and Jesus) will come and live our life inside you, so that you can begin to see with our eyes, and hear with our ears, and touch with our hands, and think like we do. But we will never force the union on you. If you want to do your thing, have at it. Time is on our side.”
Papa sadly explained how many religious folk play God and Jesus off like good cop/bad cop. They need a stern God when they want people to do what they think is right and run to Jesus when they want forgiveness. In actuality it is only when you choose to forgive another, and find more power in love and forgiveness than hate, do you love God well.
Papa told Mack, “Don't ever discount the wonder of tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.”
Young shows how the mythic patterns that underly each of our lives are repeated again and again like the patterns that emerge from the seeming chaos in fractal images.
This is a wondrous book. Mack's story is also our story.


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