“In his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Puritan revivalist Jonathan Edwards shaped predominating American theology with a vision of God as angry, violent, and retributive. Three centuries later, Brian Zahnd was both mesmerized and terrified by Edwards’s wrathful God. Haunted by fear that crippled his relationship with God, Zahnd spent years praying for a divine experience of hell.”
Author and pastor Brian Zahnd’s new book “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God” was a beautifully written book describing the gospel as good news. Actual good news! Because it is about a God who actually loves us, desires us, and longs for us. A God who wants to restore and renew our loving relationship with Him.
In a culture and society where God is too often viewed as a distant angry brute in the sky, storming with thunder and hurtling lightning bolts at anyone and everyone who would dare to step out of line, Zahnd points Scripture (and to Christ) to remind and explain that since Jesus is God, then God is like Jesus, God has always been like Jesus, and God will always be like Jesus. Jesus is the manifestation of God Himself. God in the flesh.
Throughout this thought provoking and humbling book, Zahnd expounds upon the theology of God as loving, and not one of vengeance. Zahnd explores and wrestles with his own past, his own theology, and the route he took to find that God wasn’t angry and hateful, but rather loving and redemptive.
I’m sure we’ve heard both sides, and support both sides, but…
Which one is the gospel? A wrathful God or a loving God?
Which one is good news to those who hear it?
Zahnd believes: “I am a forgiven sinner now being healed in the hands of a loving God.”
I fully recommend reading this book (it’s an easy read and relatively short) and letting this process in your heart and mind while you seek God in prayer and solitude.
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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.