Some choice excerpts from the product description at Amazon read as follows (all emphases mine):
Throughout our lives, we all face a long list of questions on relationships that trouble our souls and require real answers based on real truth. How do I forgive someone who has hurt me badly? Can I mend this broken relationship? When my world seems to be falling apart around me, who can I trust and in whom dare I confide? How do I know whether a person is the right one to date? Will my marriage survive? How do I nourish my child’s heart? What do I do with my fears about expressing my love and care to a friend?
The good news is that in God’s Word we find the answers to life’s bewildering relationship questions. (Online Source)Really? Is that why God provided the Bible for us, to answer "life's bewildering relationship questions?"
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)Hm. Well, maybe Paul had it wrong.
From Genesis to Revelation, it is clear that the Holy Bible is, in the words of Bishop T.D. Jakes, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told.” It is not a book about religion, but relationships—from the creation of a man and a woman and their intimate relationship with God in the Garden through the tragic break in that relationship at the Fall and the eventual restoration of that relationship through Jesus Christ and His death on the cross of Calvary. (Online Source)First of all, maybe this is just personal preference, but I'd really rather not think of Jesus like my big cosmic boyfriend. It's not biblical, it's irreverent and, it's also a tad creepy.
As for the last statement, yes, the shed blood of Christ, His perfect atoning sacrifice was the means by which men can be saved. However, there is no restored relationship for those who do not repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ. The wording above seems to imply otherwise.
Here's about the only thing in the product description that I can agree with:
Our relationship with God is the foundation for our lives. (Online Source)Can't really argue with that, except for one thing. Thus far in his ministry, T.D. Jakes has given little indication that he worships the true God of the Bible. As a Word-Faith prosperity preacher, Jakes teaches a false gospel. If he indeed holds to the doctrine of the Oneness Pentecostals as regards the Trinity (i.e., modalism, and thus far he has given no indication otherwise), Jakes then worships a false god. So one must wonder, which God is he really talking about here?
This week, Jakes held his annual Woman, Thou Art Loosed conference, wherein he welcomed fellow Word-Faith pastrixes to come and
Of course, I have no issues whatsoever with using a good study Bible. Personally, I've benefitted greatly from resources such as the MacArthur Study Bible, the ESV Study Bible and the HCSB Study Bible, among others. But this is no study Bible. Commentary on the text is one thing. Articles and stories about earthly relationships are quite another. Why must this material be contained within the pages of a Bible? Why must we continue to make God's Word more "relevant" and more "accessible" by creating a new gimmicky Bible for every felt need and hobby that comes along? It seems it's more and more difficult these days to walk into a "Christian" bookstore and find just a plain, old "boring" Bible sitting on the shelf. How terribly sad!
I hate to break it to "Bishop" Jakes, but God's Word doesn't need his relationship advice. Perhaps it would be helpful if instead the bishop opened the Bible and studied up on one of the most important relationships revealed by Scripture: that between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
T.D. Jakes and the Trinity (from Apprising Ministries)