If you believe a book like this…
…you will end up with a prayer life like this:
Thom Stark wrote the book depicted above – The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (And Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) – a book which I reviewed extensively here. In this book, Thom disparages the idea that the Bible is God’s word. My review champions the idea that the Bible is His word because it was written by prophets and apostles that He Himself commissioned.
Thom is also a filmmaker. He wrote and directed the film short depicted above, which is titled Who Art in Heaven. Since God Thom rejects the idea that God has spoken to us clearly in the Bible, it’s understandable that his film would portray a man disillusioned by God’s “silence.” Of course, God is not silent, but if you reject the idea that the Bible is His word you’ve effectively “silenced” him, which is what Thom has done. I don’t think he understands that the frustration of the film’s protagonist is self-induced. Nor do I think that Thom understands that his book will lead anyone who believes it to the kind of prayer life described by the film short – a person who cries out to God but never hears anything in return.
As Jesus said, “To him who has shall more be given, but to him who does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him” (Luke 8:18). That is, if Thom would accept the Bible and what it has to say, he would receive even more communication from God when he prays. Since, however, Thom rejects the Bible as the word of God, he loses he what he thinks he has – which is the Lord’s prayer from Matthew 6:9-13.
Because Thom will not believe that God spoke through the prophet and apostles, he cannot muster the faith that God can speak directly to him. Only when Thom is able to say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 13:33-35), will he be able to experience the flow of the Holy Spirit (who speaks for God) in his own heart.
I’ve reached out to Thom to appeal to him about the error of his book and the damage it causes, but he thinks I am the one who is off base.
Take heed from Jeremiah’s warning:
“The wise men are put to shame,
They are dismayed and caught;
Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD,
And what kind of wisdom do they have? (Jeremiah 8:9 NASB)