Monday, August 11, 2014

Book Highlight: Grand Central Question

Epilogue:  A Worldview That Views the Whole World

We end our read through Abdu Murray’s book, Grand Central Question, with the epilogue. Here Murray ends by summing up that the Gospel not only affirms the questions that the secular humanist, the pantheist and the Muslim put forth effort to answer; it, more than any other worldview, answers them in a satisfactory manner for both our hearts and minds. It is a comprehensive worldview. He writes:

I like to think that it is no accident that the word crucifixion has as its root the Latin word crux, which means the place where things converge or have a turning point. Jesus’ crucifixion is the crux of history, theology and morality. It is the place where all our Grand Central Questions converge and all our doubts can have their turning point.

The cross tells humanists how much God values us by what he is willing to pay to redeem us. The cross is the instrument by which our suffering is dealt with, showing pantheists the true hope we have in resolving our pain. And the cross is the event in which the Greatest Possible Being expresses the greatest possible love in the greatest possible way in answer to Muslims’ quest to worship the truly great God.1

In this book, Murray did not try to prove everything by the Gospel but he did show it answers all of the Grand Central Questions. This leaves both the follower of Christ and those considering the validity of the Gospel with what he considers the Grand Central Question:  Does truth matter more than comfort? As Murray reflected in the prologue, will we count the cost the truth demands on an individual level and then accept the cost by acting accordingly?

If you have been following along with me through the book, thank you for your perservence and interest. Let us all take the time to answer and act upon this final question and ask of God, and of those around us in whom we trust, to give us accountability and aid to act. The truth of Christ and his work on the cross is worth it.

Thanks again to InterVarsity Press for providing the review copy.

Stand firm in Christ,

1. Page 242.

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