Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What's On God's Sin List for Today? - Book Review

The Bible includes lots of stuff that we're supposed to do (animal sacrifices, not braiding our hair) but that we no longer do. So are we sinning if we don't do those things? How do we know what sins, as listed in the Bible, are really still sins in today's world?

That's the question Tom Hobson sets out to answer in this 116-page book. What's On God's Sin List for Today? takes an in-depth look at what Biblical commands we're still supposed to obey. Are tattoos okay? How about wearing mixed fabrics? And, of course, the book tackles harder issues such as drugs and alcohol, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, and abortion. Hobson looks at the Old Testament and the New Testament, the way words have been translated, and historical data about the Biblical time period to form his answers.

I don't normally read Appendices of books, but I would recommend that you read Appendix 2 in this book. Hobson further explores the whole issue of whether or not Jesus said anything about homosexuality. Whether you agree or not with what Hobson says, he has an interesting argument.

In fact, whether or not you agree with this whole book (there were parts that I didn't agree with), it's an interesting read. It's short, too, so it doesn't feel like you're reading a textbook.

What's On God's Sin List for Today? is published by Wipf & Stock. It is available to purchase now. I received a free review copy for my honest opinion.

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