Lucas Miles presents an interesting accusation in the start of his book: by asking HaShem why He allows bad to occur, it is declaring His plan in competent and proving our lack of trust in Him.
“[G-d] began revealing to me that asking [G-d] why is a question that doesn’t merely challenge [H]is decision-making but doubts [H]is heart. In asking [G-d] why, I was assuming [H]e was the source of suffering and, ultimately, I was questioning [H]is love for me.”
This book is about precisely that – encountering the problem of evil, the goodness of G-d, and the mess in between called humanity. Miles discusses the problem via sharing results from his own ministry and life experiences. As for his approach, however, it carries no concern for religious teaching. One such example is when Miles shares his opinion that HaShem has no concern about beard growth. From a Christian perspective this is nothing new, but from a Jewish perspective (and the origin of the Christian faith), HaShem is involved in every aspect of one’s life. This is affirmed by his complete rejection of anything prior to the Gospels elsewhere in his book, making a distinction between Old and New Testaments, as if the New could function or be possible without its foundation.
While Miles may have encouragement to share in his book, he does so with no regard or respect to anyone’s view of faith outside of his own. This narrow minded approach is not a jab at Christianity, even though some are of this mindset, but rather a concern that Miles could easily lead individuals down the dark path of postmodern faith, where truth is relative instead of absolute.
Theologically speaking, Miles is on questionable ground that requires further analysis. In the least, Miles is confused and incorrectly presents a greater meaning he wants to express. However, given his pastoral experience, it is hard to stand by this, and his work could lead to treacherous beliefs at best, and abdication from worshipping HaShem at worst. After all, believing in a name does not mean the correct deity, if one makes up their theology and makes up their god…
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