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Combining the Enneagram system with biblical truth, this interactive, yearlong devotional helps you better understand yourself and other people while guiding you toward a deeper relationship with Christ.
Combining the Enneagram system with biblical truth, this interactive, yearlong devotional helps you better understand yourself and other people while guiding you toward a deeper relationship with Christ. This weekly, interactive guide helps you explore how your heavenly Father is speaking to you as you listen to Him in your Enneagram language. Learn to identify patterns of behavior that drive your decisions and uncover your deepest thoughts, unconscious motivations, and personality traits. Hearing God Speak is a mentor and friend in book form. No matter your Enneagram number, this devotional experience is about learning to hear God as He communicates directly and uniquely to you.
Finally and most importantly, my thanks to my wife, Margie. She pored over every page with the utmost scrutiny to make her suggestions that make it more readable. I gladly allow her the last word. This book comes as an expression of a heart grateful to God for all that He has done in my own life. The difficulty has really not been in knowing what to say, but in knowing what not to say. We are living in a time when sensitivities are at the surface, often vented with cutting words.
Philosophically, you can believe anything, so long as you do not claim it to be true. Morally, you can practice anything, so long as you do not claim that it is a "better" way. Religiously, you can hold to anything, so long as you do not bring Jesus Christ into it.
If a spiritual idea is eastern, it is granted critical immunity; if western, it is thoroughly criticized. Thus, a journalist can walk into a church and mock its carryings on, but he or she dare not do the same if the ceremony is from the eastern fold. Such is the mood at the end of the twentieth century.
A mood can be a dangerous state of mind, because it can crush reason under the weight of feeling. But that is precisely what I believe postmodernism best represents-a mood. How does one in a mood such as this communicate the message of Jesus Christ, in which truth and absoluteness are not only assumed, but also sustained? Well, for starters, let us be sure that Jesus was not western. In fact, some of His parables were so eastern that I think much of the West may not have entered into the rigor and humor of what He said.
What has happened in the West is that His impact over the centuries has been so felt that the ethos and moral impetus of His message changed the course of western civilization. The western naturalist, in sheer arrogance, does not see this. Now, after technological progress, wealth and enterprise have so woven themselves around the message of Jesus that popular models of Christianity appear as nothing more than self and greed at the center, with strands of Christian thought at the periphery.
This adulteration has rightly merited the severe rebuke of the critic. We would do well to remember, however, what Augustine said: We are never to judge a philosophy by its abuse. That aside, the way Jesus spoke, the proverbs and stories that He told, and the very context in which He addressed issues was steeped in an eastern idiom. Let us not forget that. But if the western world has been guilty of adulterating His message beyond recognition, the eastern world has often forgotten that it has, by fault, left a mass of religious belief, sometimes bizarre, irresponsibly uncriticized.
Take, for example, various forms of eastern worship and practice. During the writing of this book, I happened to be at several such settings.
In one of these, devotees had a large number of hooks pierced into their bodies. Knives were pierced through their faces and small spears through their tongues. Sights like these terrify visitors and children. One has to ask, Why do the same thinkers who criticize any western forms of spirituality not take this to task? Closer to home, we see the writings of Deepak Chopra, who teaches a doctrine of spirituality, success, and prosperity woven into Vedic teachings, karma, and self-deification.
By contrast, we see millions devoted to that underlying world-view living in abject poverty. Have they somehow missed the mark? What is wrong with the picture here? One can readily see that every religion must face the responsibility of answering the questions posed to it.
Numerous other issues can be raised, but the point remains the same. As a result of all this, serious distortions have come into vogue. Some proponents of other religious faiths talk about the "myth of Christian uniqueness. Such a mood brings a tyranny all its own. The reality is that if religion is to be treated with intellectual respect, then it must stand the test of truth, regardless of the mood of the day.
This book is a defense of the uniqueness of the Christian message. As I have drawn it to a close, I wish I could have said more and argued more by contrast, but the current mood may not lend itself to any more than this. The route I have followed is to present a clear difference between Jesus and any other claimant to divinity or prophetic status. I have taken six questions that Jesus answered in a way that none other would have answered.
An opponent may disagree with His answers, but when those answers are all added up, antagonists will not be able to challenge His uniqueness. I believe every answer is fascinating, and I wish I could have done justice to them. As it stands, the chapters were becoming lengthier, as the subjects had to be adequately dealt with.
The difficulty in containing the length was exacerbated by the fact that I also needed to contrast the answers with those of other leading religions. By far, the most difficult one to deal with was the question posed to Jesus on pain and suffering.
That chapter I have divided into three parts. The final chapter is not a question posed to Jesus, but a question posed on His behalf, to His followers and to His doubters.
It was only fitting to end it that way. As you will soon note, I have not given His answers in distinction to every religion that offers answers on such matters. I have only dealt with those that still draw a large following around the world-Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. I must say one other thing. I have covered thousands of miles during this writing, not only for the book, but also through invitations to speak in various parts of the world. I have walked through temples, mosques, and other religious sites.
I have spoken to students at universities in which the predominant religion is not Christian. In the course of this, I have met some very fine and gracious people. By nature, I am a people person. I enjoy conversations, especially around a meal with newfound friends. One such person was the room attendant at a hotel where I was staying. He is a Muslim man. Every day when he came in to make up my room, he would also make me a cup of tea, and we would talk.
On his off day, he took me sightseeing in his city, and we visited many places of worship. I will never forget him. I wish more people showed the kindness that he did and the courtesies he always offered. And that is the point I wish to make. We can be world-views apart without anger and offense.
What I believe, I believe very seriously. And it is because of this that I write the book. By equal measure, anything to the contrary, I must question. My earnest prayer is that when you read this, you will make your judgment of the Christian message based on truth, not the mood of our times. Moods change.
Truth does not. Some memories are easy to relive. Others, even with the passage of time, when recalled again, throb like a reinjured wound. For that reason alone I find this, of all my past memories, very difficult to retell. It is only because the intervening years have helped me to look beyond the earlier hurts that I am able to bring this long-past moment into the present.
But more than that, this sad happening, alongside a handful of others, may well have begun my journey toward God by bringing me to a screeching halt and forcing me to ask myself some hard questions. I was sixteen years old and a student in a community college because it provided a shortcut to finishing high school.
One day after classes normally ended, I was cycling back home, little suspecting what lay ahead of me. It had been a routine day from my point of view, as normal as any other. But this one was going to end differently. As I turned into our backyard, I saw a sight that was most unusual.
Why versus Why Not? Why did God place us in a world full of pleasures if we aren't meant to perue them all? In an imaginative dialogue, Oscar Wilde asks Jesus Christ to respond to this question about critical lifestyle choices. Their talk vividly illustrates the arguments for both sensual pleasure-seeking and moral moderation. Playwright, dramatist, poet, critic - Wilde openly defied the mores of Victorian society.
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