I recently received a free PDF version of Andrew Farley’s book “The Naked Gospel.” Out of curiosity, I cracked open my Kindle to get a taste. After getting 36 pages into the book, I had to put it down. Here’s why:
“So what do Saul of Tarsus, Martin Luther, and Mother Teresa all have in common? They all appear to have wrestled under a religious system that brought them no enduring sense of satisfaction or accomplishment, but only misery. Their methods of propitiating and thereby approaching their God ultimately led to a deep sense of failure. Having exerted more effort than nearly any of us will ever expend, they probably found themselves saying, “How much is enough? When will it end? Why is God still not satisfied? When do I get to relax and enjoy? There’s got to be another way.”
So apparently if one struggles with one’s faith or has doubts or is weary in any way, their faith provides them with no satisfaction at all, only bring into their lives an unending misery. If you want to hear Farley talk about the book in more detail, you can watch this video and also check out his sweet t-shirt.