"The Misused Stories In The Bible" by Eric Bargerhuff is a good read on some of the most misused and misunderstood stories in the Bible. Indeed, some stories are either misunderstood out of lack of knowledge or deliberately twisted around for devious means (aka "Prosperity Theology"). Around 160 pages, some of the stories include:
- David and Goliath
- Gideon and the fleece
- Jonah and the big fish
- Three Wise Men
- Rich fool
Some of the points addressed by Bargerhuff include:
1. God will be glorified in the lives of those who trust Him.
2. Instead of using a fleece, seek to please God and He will make His will know to you.
3. Ministry success needs to be measured in changed lives instead of just numbers.
4. Jesus may limit His working in people's lives because of their unbelief in Him.
5. Churches need to have the discipline of spiritual discernment (AMEN to that!).
6. A true believer will persevere and remain in the faith.
7. We will either live to indulge ourselves or live for God's glory and the benefit of others.
8. 10 ways a Bible story may be misunderstood.
I appreciate the author's conclusion about why He accepted Abel's sacrifice while rejecting Cain's. I have suspected the reason was mainly the motive behind the sacrifice: Abel's was in faith while Cain was going through the motions of religion while his heart was not really into the sacrifice.
Whatever your thoughts about the author's conclusions, the book is a good read on some Bible stories. I was given a review copy by Bethany House in exchange for a fair review.