Matthew Kelly’s “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity: How Modern Culture is robbing billions of people of happiness “ is a powerful and thought-provoking book that challenges readers to examine their beliefs about happiness and the meaning of life.
The book begins by exploring our deep yearning for happiness and how the world’s promises of happiness are false. Kelly argues that secular culture’s belief that the meaning of life is to get what you want, and the more you get, the happier you will be, is a dangerous lie that leads to disappointment and emptiness.
Further, Kelly delves deeper, showing our hunger for an authentic life amid a culture filled with pretense and lies. He highlights the damaging role that ego and image play in our lives and the negative impact they have on our ability to find true happiness.
The Truth is beautiful… and we are beautifully imperfect
In contrast, Kelly argues that the truth is beautiful, and that it is only through an honest acceptance of ourselves and our flaws that we can find true happiness.
One of the most significant themes in the book is the idea that we are beautifully imperfect.
Kelly argues that our flaws and imperfections are what make us unique and that they should be celebrated, not hidden away or denied. He encourages readers to embrace their imperfections and to accept themselves for who they are, flaws and all. This, he says, is the only way to find true happiness and fulfillment in life.
What gives joy and meaning in life?
Another significant theme in the book is the importance of the truth. Kelly argues that the truth is essential to our happiness, and that it is only through an honest acceptance of the truth that we can find true joy and meaning in life.
He emphasizes the need to be honest with ourselves and to accept the truth, no matter how uncomfortable or difficult it may be.
The big lies
Kelly also addresses the big lies about Christianity, such as the idea that Jesus did not exist, that the resurrection is a myth, and that Christianity preys on the weak and ignorant.
These lies are perpetuated by those who do not understand or who choose to reject the truth of Christianity, says Kelly. He does more than say it. He shows it.
Truth: Holiness IS possible
Kelly also addresses the lie that holiness is not possible, which he argues is the devil’s greatest triumph. Kelly destroys the devil’s lie by delivering undeniable proof that holiness IS possible, through the holy moments that come with opening ourselves to God.
10 Things that can change the world
One of the most significant parts of the book is Kelly’s ten things that can change the world.
These include relationships, family, health, work, money, addiction, God, spirituality, and the church, fear, hopes and dreams, and questions.
Kelly argues that these are the things that are on people’s minds and that they have the power to transform our lives and the world around us.
Our surprising resistance to change
Kelly doesn’t fall for this self-deception.
He argues that now is our time for change, and we have the power within us to impact all who interact with us.
Clear, engaging and powerful
Overall, “The biggest lie in the history of Christianity” is a powerful and inspiring book that challenges readers to examine their beliefs and embrace the truth.
Kelly’s writing is clear and engaging, and his arguments are well-supported and compelling.
He presents a powerful case for the importance of embracing our imperfections, accepting the truth, and finding true happiness and fulfillment in life.
Kelly’s 10 things that can change the world offer practical advice for those who want to make a difference in their lives and the world around them. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to find true happiness and fulfillment in life.
- The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity: How Modern Culture is robbing billions of people of happiness, by Matthew Kelly
LISTEN TO MATTHEW KELLY AND TOM LOARIE:
- Host Tom Loarie talks with Matthew Kelly on The Mentors Radio