How well do you truly know God?
It’s no secret that author William P. Young’s novel, The Shack, changed the lives of millions after it was published in May of 2007. Young’s depiction of God as an African-American woman who whips up comfort in both food and conversation was shocking to some readers, yet beloved to many more. Young’s work broke many of the assumptions we hold about God, revealing Him as far more relatable than many readers, disillusioned with organized religion, thought possible.
The film adaptation, directed by Stuart Hazeldine and starring Sam Worthington as protagonist Mack Phillips, continues breaking these assumptions, covering everything from the problem of evil to the nature of God’s wrath.
Breaking apart these faulty assumptions is vital, not only for practicing Christians, but for anyone who has ever been hurt by these misconceptions. That is the strength of The Shack—in allowing viewers to have a closer look at God’s character, the film heals emotional wounds. Gone is the God who hates you. Gone is the God who isn’t truly in control. Gone is the distant, unrelatable God.
Instead, we are delivered the God whose actions—even anger—are all rooted in love.
So, in the tradition of The Shack, let’s take a look at the top things people assume about God.