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love browsing in bookshops whatever country, whatever town.
It is marvelleous that secular bookshops now have such large Religious Departments, but like the Libraries deem it necessary to cater for all types of Spirituality.
- which of course is to be expected as they have been set up as being '' all things to all people''.
Some time back Churches recommended to their adherents, books that could be safely read in an attempt to understand the Bible and improve one's spiritual health.
However as more & more authors realised that there is a growing market for spiritual guidance, so the number of titles across all subjects from "chanelling" to "you are your own god" grew.
So a not-to-serious look at any Christian Book Shop, whether attached to a Church building or not, shows that next to the many versions of The Bible, are books from authors such as Yancy, Hinn, Rylie & Tozer.
Discussion with the staff reveals not a lot of religious knowledge, yet they can tell you which item(s) are popular using these statistics to postulate that this is where the 'truth' must be.
Remember what happened when "The Passion of Christ" DVD was available. Soon we may have a repeat with the "Mother Teresa" DVD.
Whether it be a book or DVD there is now a trend for authors to explore the "dark side". The final film of "Star Wars" shows the 'good' guy going over to the dark side for the 'good' of the system.
This deliberate blurring of the outcome between good vs evil shows the same disturbing trend of (some) Christian Shepherds to blur the distinction between the Tenents of christianity & other Faiths.
The authoress of the Potter series intends to take Harry deeper into the dark side.
Now the Batman film makers are convinced that a bigger box office $ return can be found in the 'dark realm'.
Yet we must not retreat back to the small fortress called "You only need the Bible to live by".
There are many great many producers of excellent material, be it Publications or DVD, unfortunately not as many as the producers of material which appear to be Christian, but contain the small amount of leaven called UNtruth.
The Bible itself makes it plain that we must be a "light unto the world" or the "salt for flavour".
Certainly The Bible should be the ultimate standard by which to decide whether you are still on "The Way".
Never mind the many CDSs & DVDs pounding out doubtful doctrine and managing to sound just like secular R&B.
One year in Paris we went to a Protestant Religious Book Shop to buy children's songs in french. We managed to find the old favourites-"You in your small corner", "Jesus loves me this I know". Yet in the same shop was booh after book by Benny Hinn & Dali Lamar. When we asked "why were they sellling such non-christian books", they replied that "this is what people asked for and they were in the book selling trade afterall."
I remember being astounded in Salt Lake City, in the main bookshop , coming across shelf after shelf setting out how to lead your life - whatever your age- to enable you to reach heaven. Unfortunately it was the Latter Day Saints (LDS) heaven.
The only Religious Book Shop where the type of stock is kept under strict control is the RCC chain. Everything has to be related to the RCC faith. Faithful yet false.
What does this mean when you are looking for a publication to illuminate the Truth, to help you reinforce a vital point with a friend?
It certainly has become harder to select a publication which helps without hindering or turning you aside from the path.
This difficulty mirrors of course the variations of beliefs being allowed into a large number of churches.
One needs to keep Acts 17:11 securely in mind and read everything with a mind tuned to the nuances and the actual words of the Bible.
Thus whether you browse amongst the titles & DVDs in a secular or religious book shop you need to remember that NOT all items with a "religious" theme are going to be helpful to you or your friends.
In other words do not rely on the items for sale in a "Religious" book shop to be actually of help in your journey.
One needs to keep in touch with a group which constantly espouses 'pure' doctrinal truth.
In other words, everything that is being said or produced under the banner of the group can be verified in the Bible.
If you can't physically attend such a group, then either start your own or use the Internet to find a 'virtual' group to join.
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Appeared in Issue CETF NR 29 2004
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-Last revised-Monday, October 09, 2006