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The Skeletons in God's Closet

The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War
Narrated by: Conrad Bear
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Is God a sadistic torturer? Coldhearted judge? Genocidal maniac? Unfortunately, our popular caricatures often make him out to be. God has some skeletons in the closet. At least, that's what many of us fear. "How can a loving God send people to hell?" "Isn't it arrogant to believe Jesus is the only way to God?" "What is up with holy war in the Old Testament?" These are difficult questions that our family, our friends, our culture - even we ourselves - are asking. The Skeletons in God's Closet pulls these skeletons out of the closet to show that they were never really skeletons at all - but part of the good news that God is good and coming to redeem his world. Hell is not an "underground torture chamber" God creates to torture sinners, but a destructive power we unleash that God has promised to redeem his world from - it represents an extravagant act of mercy. Judgment is not "churchgoers go to heaven, everyone else goes to hell," but God coming to raise humanity from death and set his world right by calling things out as they really are - and the results are a shocking surprise. Holy war is not "the strong using God to justify their conquest of the weak," but God arising on behalf of the weak when the tyranny of the strong has raged for far too long - he is the hope of the world. Mercy. Surprise. Hope. Not what we usually think. Ultimately, The Skeletons in God's Closet uses our toughest questions to provoke paradigm shifts in how we understand our faith as a whole: we'll pull the "skeletons out of God's closet" to reveal they were never really skeletons at all. We'll grapple with the "skeletons in the ground" of tragedy, injustice and death in our world - to explore resurrection as God's good answer. Most importantly, we'll affirm that God is good "in his very bones" - not just in what he does but in who he is. This is an audiobook that sings loudly, boldly, and clearly: God is good and coming to redeem his world.

©2014 eChristian (P)2014 eChristian

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More unanswered questions

The author seemed proud that he had answers questions I never had and left the questions I did have unanswered. He tried to interpret away some hard passages, but left me unsatisfied. The reader's voice was rather dull...but maybe it was the book.

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Repetitive but powerful

The style felt more like a collection of sermons than a book. The content of the "sermons" was very powerful, insightful and revolutionary. But within the format of a book it came across as VERY repetitive. So much so that it sounded like the same thing was being said over and over again. I still gave it four stars because the content was that good. Definitely worth reading or listening to.

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It's About Heaven and Earth, not Heaven and Hell

This book will cause you to rethink the entire heaven and hell/heaven and earth paradigm. It answers a lot of questions I have always had about Jesus teaching of Gahanna in the New Testament. God created the Heavens and the Earth, not heaven and hell. Understanding this is essential to understanding why God is on a mission to reconcile Heaven and Earth.

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it helps the Bible make sense throughout.

loved it!!
it helps you see God through the eyes of the people who wrote the Bible.

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Deluded

He seems like a good-hearted, brilliant guy who nevertheless essentially believes what he wants to, ignoring the most difficult Biblical passages and relying on his own philosophizing. He is also almost unbelievably repetitive. This book could be about a quarter of its length, which probably just speaks to the lack of substance.

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The Skeletons in God’s Closet

Very informative and well written book on tough subjects in Christian theology. Recommend to others.

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great book

this was one of the best books I read in a long time. I definitely recommend it!

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God loves us

I see God's love from a new perspective. I think we have lost touch with our True God and his desire for a relationship with us. A well written book.

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What I like about this book is its balance between truth and grace. It is biblical and present biblical truths - truths that are obscured by popular theory rather that Scriptural truth; even by Christians. The author isn't presenting any new truths here but is presenting the topics of Hell, Judgement, & Holy War in a way that isn't the cartoon version that has imbedded itself into the collective consciousnesses. The author asks hard questions of what we think we know about heaven, hell, God's judgement, holy war, and many other topics associated with those main points. And like Scriptures attests of itself, God is not shown to come back void. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in these topics. Final Grade - A

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answers so many questions

Thought-provoking and well-written. this book answers so many questions I had when leaving church 7 years ago

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  • Daniel M.
  • 04-22-19

Blows apart false caricatures of God's nature

This is not a 'new theology' responding to the refined social consciousness of 21st century humanity. Far from it. This is a re-establishing of biblical truth about God's nature as seen in His dealings in history with the nation of Israel. Marvelous stuff, and more so for arising out of the author's own struggles against the injustices most of us shrug and accept as inevitable. Nicely done Mr Ryan-Butler.

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  • 06-20-19

A Must read for all christians

This is the best biblically based explanation to questions that often create wrong doctrine amongst Christians. It also gives contextual answers as to why the 3 themes discussed are misconstrued by Christians and cause a big disconnect when sharing the love of God to unbelievers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-18

Brilliant

This book was so helpful. It was well written and clear. I recommend this to all my friends.