I have not even been a Christian for four years yet and there 's othing here that I have n't been confronted with.The problem I have with the ook and the fac I did not read it fully is this: Guy Harrison asks the " typica " questions, then tells us what is the typical Christian answer, then spends several paragraphs explaining why he does n't like the nswer.
So, I targeted one paragraph I would love to respond to in hopes to explain why this ook was useless to me and would be to any thinking Christian: " Suppose we could identify the most vita and deserving prayer request of all and then measure its effectiveness objectively.
Would that say something meaningful about the laim that God/Jesus answers prayers?
I think this is the prayer that provides us with an ideal way to judge whether or not God answers prayers. " ( Quoted from the first chapter " Does Jesus answer prayers? ") Notice, first, that Mr. Robinson is trying to play on our desire, not engaging our intellect.
He 's setting up a straw-man, which he goes on in the las few paragraphs to knock down by talking about children living in impoverished countries and how they die often despite the prayers.My reaction to this scenario, as given, is that perhaps God has decided it would be best, it would be more merciful for the child to die and climb into the waiting arms of Jesus rather than to continue to live and suffer.
I would repeat again, if God is real and heaven is real, maybe the true " rescue " is to take the child into his arms rather than let it continue to suffer.If Guy Harrison were to ask me what an unselfish prayer is, I would give a very different idea of prayer.
I think the most unselfish prayer I can think of is in the 84th Psalm: " My soul yearns, even faints, for the ourts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. " I will be honest about why I am writing this paragraph.
I do n't intend for any non-believers to see it and understand it, it is really my hope that any Christian that might be mislead by Harrison 's notions of unselfish prayer would see it and be reminded that while there is othing wrong with praying for the ealth and well-being of a oved one, all things are in God 's ands.
However, if Guy Harrison would take an honest crack at the Bible at some point, he might find the nswers to all the other uestions in his ook.