Years ago I learned one of the most important spiritual lessons of my life. The title of the message was something along the line of “The Biggest Lies Told in the Church”. The debunked lie that stuck with me was, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” LIE! God routinely gives you more than you can handle. In fact, the Bible is replete with stories of God giving men and women more than they can handle. Why?! So they (and you and I) have to rely on God! Duh. The message was so simple, logical and obvious. And yet, I had told that spiritual lie in trying to “encourage” people. Instead of encouraging someone going through something God-sized, in fact, I was belittling them for not handling it and encouraging them to handle it themselves rather than rely on God. After all, if God said it’s not more than you can handle, you should be able to handle it all on your own, right?! Dumb. Lie.
Larry Osborne debunks ten more spiritual myths in his book, Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe. This is an excellent book every believer should read. I guarantee there’s at least one of the ten that you’ve been taught, believed and told others to their detriment. You owe it to your yourself and other believers to get a copy of this book and read it so you can stop the spread of well intentioned spiritual garbage.
You can purchase this book from your favorite bookseller including: www.Amazon.com, www.ChristianBook.com, and www.FamilyChristian.com
I have two copies of Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe to give away. To enter the random drawing, just send your name and mailing address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 28, 2009.
Also, remember I’m giving away one copy of Gardening Eden by Michael Abbate. The winner for that book will be announced Friday, April 24, 2009. You can enter one or both drawings, just please let me know which drawing(s) you would like to enter.
Below is the publisher's summary for Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe:
Just Because “Everyone Believes It” Doesn’t Make It True
People don’t set out to build their faith upon myths and spiritual urban legends. But somehow such falsehoods keep showing up in the way that many Christians think about life and God. These goofy ideas and beliefs are assumed by millions to be rock-solid truth . . . until life proves they’re not. The sad result is often a spiritual disaster—confusion, feelings of betrayal, a distrust of Scripture, loss of faith, anger toward both the church and God.
But it doesn’t have to be so. In this delightfully personal and practical book, respected Bible teacher Larry Osborne confronts ten widely held beliefs that are both dumb and dangerous. Beliefs like these:
• Faith can fix anything
• Christians shouldn’t judge
• Forgiving means forgetting
• Everything happens for a reason
• A godly home guarantees good kids