Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our "Correct" Beliefs. I had never openly explored my thinking about God, because I was taught that questioning too much was not safe Christian conduct; it would make God very disappointed in me. So, dangerous thoughts lay dormant, never entering my conscious mind. . . . But a common and ordinary moment worked unexpectedly to snatch me from my safe, familiar, and unexamined spiritual neighborhood and plop me down somewhere I never thought I'd land. It was a forced spiritual relocation.
When did being right with God come to mean believing the right things about God believing the right doctrines, reading the Bible the right way, holding the right views? For many Christians, this idea is at the very center of their religious lives. And that's a problem. Because this focus on being correct can actually distract us from faith and from God. What happens when the security of knowing what you believe gets disrupted as it does sooner or later? What if once-settled questions like What is God really like? suddenly become unsettled?
These are some of the questions that teacher and scholar Peter Enns addresses in The Sin of Certainty. Here he explores what goes wrong when we have believing the right things at the center of our faith and what, instead, should be standing there. For those who have experienced their once rock-solid beliefs beginning to falter, Enns offers hope and guidance for finding a more trustworthy anchor. By exploring scripture and reflecting on his own journey, Enns reveals that challenges and crises of faith may be opportunities for deepening our faith and that God may be the one encouraging us to face those dangerous questions in order for us to move from needing to be right to trusting God instead.
Enns is an acute reader of texts. His readers will welcome his puckish affirmation of the buoyant, sometimes outrageous, boundary-breaking capacity of biblical faith. --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
If you re afraid that your theological questions and doubts disqualify you from being a person of faith, theologian Peter Enns has good news for you. Really good news. And it s a delightful read too! --Brian D. McLaren, author of "A New Kind of Christianity"
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