By Richard P. Hansen
Too usually the tensions and unanswerable questions of Scripture and the Christian lifestyles are obvious as obstacles to religion. In Paradox Lost, pastor and writer Richard Hansen exhibits that they're precisely the opposite—indeed, God’s mysteries are one of many locations the place we may possibly come upon him so much closely.
In trade for Enlightenment-based rationalism which could stunt non secular mind's eye, Hansen invitations readers to:
>Discern that there's a hiddenness to God that may be inviting instead of threatening
>Appreciate that God is way more than we occasionally imagine, and to regulate our psychological maps to make more room for awe
>Realize that religion and cause usually are not enemies yet particularly dance companions that supplement one another
Hansen examines 3 types, or “orders,” of biblical paradox, every one at a deeper point than the final, demonstrating for readers that paradox is either endemic to trendy existence and likewise a average a part of the panorama of Christian religion. Paradox Lost doesn’t search to unravel or justify paradox; in its place, it seems via paradox towards what it reveals—namely a holy, mysterious, and outstanding God.
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One reason for this difficulty is that we most of the next. The Apostles have not been trained: our whole education themselves, who set on foot the tends to fix our minds on this world. Another conversion of the Roman Empire, reason is that when the real want for Heaven the great men who built up the is present in us, we do not recognize it. Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave C. S. LEWIS Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven.
Rather than ignore our imagination, I believe we should fuel it with Scripture, allowing it to step through the doors that Scripture opens. I did not come to the Bible with the same view of Heaven that I came away with. On the contrary, as a young Christian, and even as a young pastor, I viewed Heaven in the same stereotypical ways I now reject. It was only through years of scriptural study, meditation, and research on the subject that I came to the view of Heaven I now embrace. Nearly every notion of Heaven I present in this book was stimulated and reinforced by biblical texts.
One day soon you will be home—for the first time. Until then, I encourage you to meditate on the Bible’s truths about Heaven. May your imagination soar and your heart rejoice. CHAPTER 3 IS HEAVEN OUR DEFAULT DESTINATION . . OR IS HELL? The safest road to hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. C. S. 34 This optimism stands in stark contrast to Christ’s words in Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
Paradox Lost: Rediscovering the Mystery of God by Richard P. Hansen