Are Some Evangelical Christians Overreacting to Octavia Spencer Depicting God In “The Shack” Movie or Are They Right to Call It ‘Heresy’?


Octavia Spencer stars as “Papa” in the film adaptation of the popular Christian novel, “The Shack.” (Lionsgate)

The depiction of God as a woman has some Christian critics up in arms. But is it really that serious?

Another day, another controversy.

The Shack, a film based on a New York Times bestseller of the same name, is stirring controversy among evangelicals because a black woman—Octavia Spencer—is playing God.

Is this a major overreaction?

The fictional book written by William P. Young about a father who finds his way back to faith and healing after the brutal murder of his daughter, has drawn the ire of many Christians who have labeled it heresy.

The Washington Post highlights the recent commentary of Joe Schimmel, a California pastor and host of the documentary “Hollywood’s War on God,” to Christian News Network.

He said, “Young’s pretentious caricature of God as a heavy set, cushy, nonjudgmental, African American woman called ‘Papa’ (who resembles the New Agey Oprah Winfrey far more than the one true God revealed through the Lord Jesus Christ — Hebrews 1:1-3), and his depiction of the Holy Spirit as a frail Asian woman with the Hindu name, Sarayu, lends itself to a dangerous and false image of God and idolatry.”

Rejecting the notion that the Holy Trinity is a multicultural trio of human beings, is different from all-out attacking a movie based on a fictional book.

Key word: fictional.

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SOURCE: EEW Magazine
Arthur O’Day

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