Mohler, Driscoll and other evangelicals pick The Shack apart plank by plank.
"No, God can't be a presented as a woman. No, the three parts of the Trinity did not all become fully human. Yes, there is a hierarchy in the Holy Trinity with God the Father in command. Yes, God will punish sin."
As I think more about these objections the more I realize how wrong they are. God gave an example of Himself as a mother a few times. I think it's like Steve McVey said. People simply want to tear anything apart that proclaims the Gospel in all it's truth. That is, the Grace of God with no fine print. I could be wrong, but it's my opinion as to the continuous objections to the Shack. Of course, in the book, there are what seems to me to be hints at universalism which I didn't care for. But other than that I didn't see anything wrong with it. It's fiction.
The first objection that says God cannot be presented as a woman. But I say that you had better tell Him that. Because He has likened Himself to a mother and the tender love a mother has for her child. We all know God isn't a woman. The book never says He is. Will Young, in my understanding is simply trying to make the point that God is not man or woman. He is God.
The second objection is that all of the Trinity did not become fully human. Were there 3 Jesus'? Of course not but again, I believe Will is saying pretty much what Colossians 1:19 says. "In Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the Blood of His cross."
Jesus said Himself that His Father was in Him and He was in the Father. And of course we know the Holy Spirit was and is with Him. So was not God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit dwelling in one body? Yes, they were.
So, is there hierarchy in the Trinity? I think I agree that it's not about who rules over who in the Godhead. They're all one and they all seek to glorify one another. It's not about who is in charge. Jesus said Himself that whoever would be greatest among you must be your servant. They love each other. It isn't about hierarchy. To say it is is to completely miss the heart of God.
And will God punish sin? Absolutely. And He already has in His own Son. And the only reason people go to hell is unbelief in what He did. Jesus told the people who wanted to kill Him, "Do not think I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses (The Law), on whom you have set your hope.
Again, Jesus said Himself: "All sins and blasphemies will be forgiven the children of man. But the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven." Children of man sounds like all men to me. But unbelief will not be forgiven. The rejection of the work of the Holy Spirit in Christ will not be forgiven. Their blood is on their own head because Jesus didn't condemn them. He didn't come to condemn the world but to save it.