Lie We Believe about God: “You Need to Get Saved”

I look forward to discussing with my book club our most recent pick: Lies We Believe About God, by Wm Paul Young. I am leading the group discussion this time and plan to ask the members which of the lies about God they themselves have believed and perhaps still believe. I look forward to the discussion.

The lie I once believed is this one: “You need to get saved”

Young is author of the book The Shack and if you have read it or seen the movie, it is easy to appreciate his comment about this lie.

“The Good News is not that Jesus has opened up the possibility of salvation and you have been invited to receive Jesus into your life. The Gospel is that Jesus has already included you into His life, into His relationship with God the Father, and into His anointing in the Holy Spirit. The Good News is that Jesus did this without your vote, and whether you believe it or not won’t make it any less or more true.”

It took me a long time to come around to this way of thinking, that all are saved, whether we believe it or not. The challenge is to see it and when we do, it changes everything.

It was interesting how Young, a devout Christian, speaks about his early days of preaching his belief to others about salvation through Jesus. He felt an obligation, he said, to save others from damnation. It never felt right, though, he said. (That Theology) “leads to selling Jesus and coercing people, tricking them into hearing the word. Everyone is a potential customer (victim), rather than everyone being a child of God and therefore our brother or sister.”

I was reminded of the early days in our marriage when Bernie was a struggling insurance man. Everyone, friend or relative or friends of friends and relatives of relatives, were potential clients. We were so poor at the time, a policy purchase meant bread and butter on our table. Needless to say, his hidden motive tainted every relationship. He was out to get something rather than enjoy relationships.

I have been on the receiving end of this type of salesmanship from Christians who may be sincerely worried about my salvation. God bless them for caring, but I know where I stand with my God. I was saved from day one and finally came to believe what was already true.

3 thoughts on “Lie We Believe about God: “You Need to Get Saved””

  1. It took many several decades for me to begin seriously questioning this doctrine which led to serious doubt. When searching the Hebrew scripthres with Jewish teachers and searching other world religions, it became apparant that we wereand still are being mislead. I humbly beg forgiveness from anyone I may have mislead.

    1. I am in the same boat you are in, Chuck. Early on, when I believed this lie, I wrote a letter to my best friend imploring her to accept Jesus into her life. I made an amends with her about 3 years ago after I tracked her down. Interesting, she remembered the letter. That was about 50 years ago. I have forgiven myself, I guess. I really acted out of fear and out of love. I am soooo glad this is no longer a burden for me. Like you, I hope any I misled in communicated a condemning God grew past it and discovered the loving God I have now found.

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