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Anonymous asked:Hello, I wanted to know if you're familiar with the book "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho and if so, can you share your thoughts about its Christian themes?

There are many religious themes and self-help/PMA messages imbedded throughout.  First of all, theologically it is presenting a ‘pantheistic’ view of God and creation.  The major lesson throughout is that one should continue to pursue ones ‘Personal Legend or Myth’.  That everyone is presented with a personal vision or purpose, that one is obligated to seek after.  That all creation will conspire to help one along the way, in the form of ‘omens’ that one must learn to discern and follow.  The story also decries those who have given up on their vision, and accepted a lesser outcome.

From a Christian view, this book has many themes and religious ideas that cannot be supported.  Nevertheless, a Christian can enjoy the ride and come away with encouragement to follow your own God given vision, and continue along the way to seek the advise of the Holy Spirit.  It is Biblical not to give up, but to continue in faithfulness to the end; and it is Biblical, that God will help you in the process.  God bless you!!! :):)

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  1. jesusandcoffee13 said: Yeah,I had to read this book for a class and I found that,as a Christian, I could appreciate and enjoy the Biblical themes that it did have and not worry too much about the others. It is, after all, a work of fiction.Better than some books for class.
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