God’s Grand Game: A Review and Criticism

Happy New Month!

If you are a regular visitor of my blog, you’d realise activities lessened especially after my birthday.

My table was filled with work that encroached into my writing time. Social media became the least of my priorities.

But in the process, I missed some mails including one which Steven Colborne (I like the sound of Colborne) sent the advanced copy of his new book- God’s Grand Game: Divine Sovereignty and the Cosmic Playground.

This blog post is possible because he resent the mail. I’m grateful.

Unto the main gist:

In a world where atheists and agnostics refute the existence of God, Colborne- a philosopher, singer author and blogger at perfectchaos.org(make sure you visit)- writes this thought provoking book about the nature of God, His relationship with human beings and the world in which we live.

The theme makes it an excellent and evocative read. From a personal perspective, Colborne explains God is of a spiritual nature and therefore doesn’t have a particular gender (8).
This is consistent with Scripture. The great Apostle John writes:

God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit in truth (John 4:27).

Now two chapters left me hooked. They are Is Jesus the Only Way? And the Myth of the Fall.

In the former, Colborne shares a striking statement:

…a fear that everyone who isn’t saved is going to hell. This is the basis for Christian evangelism, and this is why Christian evangelists can often seem pushy; they genuinely feel they have an exclusive claim to the truth, and that the only way to avoid eternal punishment is by becoming a believer (58).

I beg to disagree.

The basis for Christian evangelism is found in John 3:16-17(MSG):

This is how much God loved the world. He gave His Son, His One and only Son. And this is why; so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go through all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.

Simply put, the basis for Christian evangelism is THE LOVE OF GOD REFLECTED IN DEATH OF CHRIST.

Does God’s Love Negate the Presence of Hell?

No it doesn’t.

Hell was not created for man but for Satan and his angels.

Man only finds himself there because he chose freely to reject God’s gift of salvation.

In the latter, Colborne narrates the story of the fall of man. He claims the story has mythical qualities (60) and the idea is illogical (61).

I don’t agree with this, as well.

How good and evil entered the world can only be told by its creator.

Adam and Eve sinned and they were disconnected from the life of God. Since the Bible’s theme and message don’t stand alone but are wrapped in the events of human history, we can believe its message even when it sounds illogical.

God cannot always be explained. His methods would always not make sense to our finite minds. Look at these instances:

a. The birth of Jesus without a human sperm.

b. The blood of Jesus that washes away sin.

c. The presence of the Holy God indwelling in man.

Do they sound logical? See, this is where faith is displayed. By faith we believe God and His story.

Conclusion

The truth of the nature of God lies between absolute proof that He exists or does not exist at all. But if you are to be truthful, you would agree that numerous signs prove the existence of God.

By God, I mean the only true God whose perspective to life begins with His revelation and acceptance of His revelation to us; not opinions based on emotional sentiments.

The prophet Isaiah writes clearly:

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And His Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last: Besides Me there is no God (Isaiah 44:6).

Other religions are simply products of the God its followers want. Those other gods in actual sense do not exist.

And God is not the creator of them as He is not the author of confusion.

Though God is sovereign, He has given us a choice to believe or reject His Son-Jesus Christ. And our decisions have consequences.

Colborne is like a sculptor in his book, chiseling the human mind and belief system with his words.

Now I’m forced to pray these prayers:

– That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17).

– That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death (Philippians 3:10).

Thanks for reading.

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