What Lies Do You Believe about God?

By Steve Austin | Current Events

Mar 02

Lies are a little fortress; inside them you can feel safe and powerful. Through your little fortress of lies you try to run your life and manipulate others. But the fortress needs walls, so you build some. These are the justifications for your lies. You know, like you are doing this to protect someone you love, to keep them from feeling pain. Whatever works, just so you feel okay about the lies.
-Wm. Paul Young, The Shack

What lies do you believe about God?


Lies we believe about God

Have you ever stared up at the cosmos and wondered what the hell was actually up there, past the clouds, beyond the stars, higher than the Milky Way? Have you ever kicked back on a quilt in the yard or at the park and looked up and wondered if God was more than just the eternal Hall Monitor of the Heavens?

Has fear, shame, and guilt kept you from even considering being wrapped in the arms of an all-loving God, who wants relationship with you, exactly as you are? Does it seem impossible to be loved by the Creator of the Cosmos, because religion has always told you what a filthy, dirty, broken, wretch you are?

Bad theology kills.

My friend Kevin Garcia coined that phrase. And he’s absolutely right.

If you know much about my story, you know I was a good little church boy all my life, who completely bought into the lie of performance-based Christianity. When my life fell apart as a result of a suicide attempt, I was a ministry school grad who was serving as a youth pastor and worship leader.

But just “choose joy”, right?


I bet if you’re anything like me, somewhere during your journey towards Jesus, you’ve probably believed at least one of these lies…

  • God loves me, but God doesn’t like me.
  • God is good. I am not.
  • God is not involved in my suffering.
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This week on the CXMH Podcast, Robert and I talk with Paul Young. Y’all, the Paul Young. Author of The Shack (which changed my life more than I can ever begin to explain), Crossroads, and Eve.

What lies do you believe about God?

We’re talking about his brand-new book, Lies We Believe about God, which releases March 7th. We also talk a great deal about The Shack, dangers of bad theology, plus a slice of Paul’s life story.

Listen here.

Tonight, Lindsey and I are headed to the Premiere Night of The Shack movie! I can hardly wait! When I tell you that book changed my life, I mean it. The Shack gave me permission to re-think God. To consider that God might not be such an Omni-asshole. Since I first read The Shack in 2011, I realized that I was not alone in my knowing that God must be Love or nothing at all.

Want to listen to one heck of a #ThrowbackThursday? Check out my very first interview with Paul Young, from November of 2011. (Don’t laugh too hard!)

If you’ve read The Shack, no matter your theology, there must have been some place inside your soul where you longed for the eternal embrace of Papa. Me too.

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About the Author

Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Illithid says:

    Hey, Steve, saw some of your stuff on patheos. Good reading. Hard-headed atheist here, but if all Christians were like you I think we could all get along.

    • Steve Austin says:

      What a great compliment! Thank you so much! And PLEASE don’t be a stranger. Have you ever read any Peter Rollins? I’m currently doing his e-course, “Atheism for Lent”. It’s amazing.

  • Mike Dean says:

    “A flimsy fortress is my lies,A bulwark often failing”

    With apologies to “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” and Psalm 46

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