The title of the book is Why Be a Christian if No One Goes to Hell? Personally, I’ve been asking the first half of that question for about 7 years now. Either way, this book helps to answer both questions.
Daniel Meeter’s primary purpose in this book is not to prove anything but to offer Christianity. Sure, he talks about heaven and hell and provides thoughts on both that you won’t hear many places–but that just might be more biblically sound that what you’ve previously thought. In between, which is where we live anyway, Meeter provides a variety of reasons of why you might want to be a Christian. The bottom line: to live and love in a way that is more fully human, in perhaps the best way possible.
Meeter uses the Nicene and Apostle’s Creeds as a framework for some of his thinking. He also draws on biblical and historical references as he shapes his presentation of why you might consider being a Christian. So much of what Meeter describes follows right in line with much of what I’ve been thinking. At the same time, he does not force the issue. Like Jesus did for the people of his time, Meeter simply puts what this whole Jesus thing is out there for us to consider and perhaps choose. But the choice really is ours. I appreciated that about this book. I also appreciated–perhaps most of all–the ways in which Meeter’s presentation continuously points the reader to God, noting that we (the church we) tend to elevate Jesus to the point where he is the be all and end all. In reality, Jesus always pointed us back to God–in everything he did.
In a word, this book is unconventional. And I really appreciated it–all the way around.
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