Source: The Paper
Religion, if it's for the betterment of humankind, is a good thing. It reaffirms our sense of right and wrong - our moral compass that pulls us back on track when we stray. While there is good and bad in all religions, Christianity seems to come under attack more than most. Mahatma Gandhi was quoted as saying, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” This is a sad indictment of the Christian community as a whole, but is it true?
In an easy-to-understand writing style, R. L. Keller takes an objective look at the world's three main religions, besides Judaism and Christianity, in his latest thought-provoking book, Man's Rejection of God: Who's Responsible? (WestBow Press), and encourages readers to give serious thought to their own personal relationship with God. Asking, "Are believers in Christ the reason people keep their distance from Judeo-Christian beliefs and the God we embrace?”
By devoting whole chapters to Atheists, Agnostics, Apostates, Hedonists, those devoted to the Cult of Personality and more, Keller gives readers a brief look into their belief system and how it compares to that of Christians. He touches on those who say they believe in God yet show no visible evidence of it. He investigates how Christians relate to others outside the faith and lays out what it means to be vulnerable and takes a look at minimalism and individualism and how they can apply to the Christian. "I look at the impact words have on our lives and also dig into the importance of forgiveness,” says Keller.
While Christians often get painted with a broad brush and labeled as being judgmental, hypocritical, even self-righteous, there is also an element of envy for those who believe there is a place in Heaven for them through Jesus Christ. The author paints a simple picture of Jesus and underscores it with memorable quotes from the great Irish author, C.S. Lewis, and calls for "a time of reassessment as we strive to be more genuine and consistent in our faith.”
Richard Louis Keller was born and raised near the New Jersey Shore. He earned a BA in Radio & Television Broadcasting, with a minor in American History, from Montclair State College. He has spent time as a youth pastor, pulpit filler and bible teacher at various churches. His passion to write, that he acknowledges as a gift from God, was fueled by a daily devotional blog in 2011 and led to writing his first book, There are no McDonald's in Heaven in 2012. Man's Rejection of God: Who's Responsible? is Keller's third book to date.