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Finding the will of God : a pagan notion? (original 1995; edição 2002)

por Bruce K. Waltke

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For many, trying to discover "God's will" is a confusing and frustrating process. In an effort to divine God's will, people try praying harder, meditating more on Scripture, or briefly living a better life. But as this insightful book shows, such activities have more in common with paganism than with biblical Christianity. Exploring a misunderstood area of Christian concern, Bruce Waltke asks, Can we ever know God's will? In pursuit of a satisfying answer, he examines many practices that Christians pass off as divine guidance -- following hunches, casting lots, looking for signs, and others -- and suggests that such practices actually bear an unsettling resemblance to the ways pagans seek divine guidance. Instead, Waltke gently shows readers that the truest course to the will of God is found in faithfully answering the call to walk close to the Lord and be conformed to his likeness. Only then will we have the heart of God and know what pleases him. Packed with clear, practical advice for meaningful Christian living, Finding the Will of God will be valued by all.… (mais)
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Título:Finding the will of God : a pagan notion?
Autores:Bruce K. Waltke
Informação:Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2002.
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The title of Waltke’s book demonstrates his determination to prevent people from seeking the will of God in a superstitious manner. He begins the book with a number of examples in which Christians seek God’s will through coincidence or impressions. Waltke’s basic stance is that “God is not a magic genie. The use of promise boxes, or flipping open your Bible and pointing your finger, or relying on the first thought to enter your mind after a prayer are unwarranted forms of Christian divination” (12). Waltke agrees with Sanders that God equips people with gifts to match their calling and other Christians will affirm the person in that calling. Our calling is revealed through our relationship with God rather than through any special signs or “hunches” that he might provide.

Waltke has specific chapters on the basic ways in which God guides us: through obedience to the Bible, through matching our desires with scriptural principles, through wise counsel, through God’s providence in the world in line with his recorded will in scripture, and through rational sound judgment based on scripture, ability, giftedness, overall strategy and circumstances. He concludes with a chapter on divine intervention in which he focuses on “our getting to know [God] through his word and letting him shape our character, our hearts, and our desires. Then as we know the mind of God we can live out His will. He expects us to first draw close to Him, then allows for seeking wise counsel as confirmation, or taking our circumstances into consideration and using our own sound judgment to make a decision” (168-69).

This book is helpful in leading Christian to find the will of God not through superstitious means but in light of his divine revelation to all people and the specific talents, giftedness and ambitions that he has instilled in them personally. It balances well the fact that God desires for each person to fully walk in the Spirit in a personal way with the fact that God does not give everyone an itemised list of what they are to do in life. ( )
  True54Blue | Jun 23, 2009 |
This book is an easily read book concerning God's will. The author shows that Christians should not find the will of God, but rather we should follow the guidance of God. Waltke begins by showing that Christians all too often try to find God's will as if it were hidden. Therefore, if we can coerce God through formulaic rituals, we may find the illusive will of God. Waltke shows that this is the way pagans sought after a god that they were afraid of or could not find. The author elaborates on instances where people seemed to search out God's will in the Old Testament such as laying out a fleece and casting lots and shows how how believers in the New Testament followed God's guidance.

We don't need a formula to find God's will but simply to read His Word in which His will is revealed. When we do this, our desires, the counsel of others, circumstances, and even our own judgment will be helpful to us in making the decision that confronts us. This is a book that takes a lot of familiar pieces and puts them together to understand what most people seem to think is a complicated subject. ( )
  taterzngravy | Jan 21, 2007 |
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For many, trying to discover "God's will" is a confusing and frustrating process. In an effort to divine God's will, people try praying harder, meditating more on Scripture, or briefly living a better life. But as this insightful book shows, such activities have more in common with paganism than with biblical Christianity. Exploring a misunderstood area of Christian concern, Bruce Waltke asks, Can we ever know God's will? In pursuit of a satisfying answer, he examines many practices that Christians pass off as divine guidance -- following hunches, casting lots, looking for signs, and others -- and suggests that such practices actually bear an unsettling resemblance to the ways pagans seek divine guidance. Instead, Waltke gently shows readers that the truest course to the will of God is found in faithfully answering the call to walk close to the Lord and be conformed to his likeness. Only then will we have the heart of God and know what pleases him. Packed with clear, practical advice for meaningful Christian living, Finding the Will of God will be valued by all.

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