The Divinely Sinful Saints

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
398 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Divinely Sinful Saints is a work of non-fiction in the religion, philosophy, and analytical exploration subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Itotko. The work presents a thought-provoking exploration of theological questions surrounding the Bible and the concept of paradise. The author challenges traditional Christian beliefs about the nature of God, the location of paradise, and the physicality of Adam, Eve, and other biblical figures. The overall approach is both logical and thought-provoking, presenting biblical passages that challenge conventional interpretations for fresh eyes and open minds to re-evaluate.

Reading this book was a truly unique experience as author Itotko raises questions that many readers may have pondered but rarely find addressed in such a direct and analytical manner without the author feeling the need to be preachy or tone down their more controversial ideas. While the book delves into complex theological territory, Itotko's writing is clear and concise, making it accessible to readers with varying levels of biblical knowledge. The author encourages critical thinking and invites readers to reexamine their beliefs and interpretations of scripture, which are well-presented and well-thought-out for the right moment of contemplation. I could see this work serving as a catalyst for discussion about religious doctrine and the Bible both in and out of religious settings. Itotko's willingness to challenge established beliefs and engage in theological discourse is well-balanced against the smooth narration and confident, honest tone. Whether readers agree or disagree with the author's conclusions, The Divinely Sinful Saints undoubtedly sparks intellectual curiosity and encourages a deeper exploration of biblical concepts, and I, for one, would highly recommend it.

Amy Raines

In The Divinely Sinful Saints by Itotko, it is no secret that reading the Bible and following the word of God is full of tests and trials in itself. Many attempts can be made to understand fully what the scriptures are saying, and the beliefs that come from them may or may not be as accurate as they first appear. Many people understand how to make sense of some of the phrasing and paraphrasing, while others need a little extra help. There are several very common questions, as well as others that may or may not have crossed your mind. Let this volume help you find the answers to some of the questions you have and perhaps lead you to learn how and where to look if any more questions arise.

The Divinely Sinful Saints will guide the reader through questions about what the Bible has to say. I truly enjoyed the way Itotko explained why questions made sense and the way the answers were delivered by explaining the meaning within the text of the scriptures that applied to the idea. This book will serve many people as a guide through biblical texts and help them gain a better understanding of what the scriptures mean. While reading this, I found a lot of clarity on some ideas that I had. Now, I will be referencing this as I go through my daily devotional. I recommend The Divinely Sinful Saints by Itotko to anyone who is interested in comprehending more about the word of God, what it meant when it was written, and how it applies to everyday life.

Asher Syed

The Divinely Sinful Saints by Itotko is an appraisal of Christian scripture and the likely presence of fundamental errors in belief and interpretation of the Holy Bible. Over seven cohesive parts, Itotko encourages an open-minded examination of these beliefs based on the King James Version of the Bible. The Divinely Sinful Saints serves as an illustration of how important it is to carefully read, comprehend, and ask questions about religious writings before accepting them carte blanche. It calls into question basic Christian doctrine, such as the doctrine of original sin, the role of Jesus in atonement, and the greatest creation story of all time. By seeking to present Christianity and God's word as it is found in the Bible versus what leadership teaches, it demonstrates the necessity of doing your own appraisal of the scriptures.

The Divinely Sinful Saints by Itotko takes an unconventional approach to the interpretation of biblical verses. All chapters grow from the same seedling Itotko plants: not everything we read is literal, and not everything we are told is right. It takes root and also—intentionally or not—branches out into a probable part of why more and more people identify as “spiritual” instead of stating a specific faith. I am not a Christian, and to me, the scriptures of the Bible just sounded scary. Itotko is firm in that the cause of this is a grip on the scripture being literal. For instance, it questions the literal interpretation of phrases like "an eye for an eye" and "resist not evil" in Matthew 5:38–41. These are scary as they stand, literally. However, Itoko's proposal that these are really symbolic interpretations related to the law of cause and effect, as a science guy, I respect this. I also respect this body of work and the way Itotko has written it.

Philip Van Heusen

Put on your thinking cap and buckle up for we are about to embark on a wild ride. Itotko, in The Divinely Sinful Saints, uses Scriptures to comment on and explain other Scriptures. His theories about the spiritual meanings of the words found in the Bible may be different from any thoughts you have had before. He states that this book is designed for those who know little about Christianity or are unfamiliar with the Bible. Among some beliefs he has is a belief in reincarnation. He thinks the Bible is not meant to be taken literally and focuses on proving that a symbolic or allegorical interpretation is more probable. Itotko states that a literal interpretation of the Bible “leads to misconceptions and ends in extraordinarily enormous errors.” This book might cause you to shake your head, but it will definitely cause you to think and evaluate your current position on what the Bible means.

While reading The Divinely Sinful Saints by Itotko, it is easy to see that Itotko is a deep thinker and is not bound by traditional interpretations of the Bible. While the writing style is a little complex, it is understandable. Itotko does not tell you that you have to believe his theories but presents his understanding of the Bible for you to consider adapting it to your belief system. To show some of his conclusions, I include this quotation, “As we have established, a ‘five yoke of oxen’ symbolizes the five-sense physical human body.” Instead of taking the Word of God literally, Itotko uses his understanding to dig deeper into possible meanings. He believes that everyone has the right to believe what is most comfortable for them and no one has the right to force their view on anyone else. Even if you disagree with Itotko’s premises or conclusions, you will enjoy the challenges to your belief system and come away stronger in what you believe.

Jamie Michele

The Divinely Sinful Saints by Itotko challenges certain Christian beliefs and interpretations, promoting critical examination of scriptures while avoiding blind faith. Itotko questions areas like traditional views on creation, original sin, and Jesus Christ's sacrifice, emphasizing the importance of analysis. Itotko distinguishes between literal and symbolic interpretations of biblical texts, explores the concept of reincarnation in the Bible, and differentiates between Jesus' physical and spiritual bodies. Symbolic interpretations extend to Armageddon, multidimensionality, human composition, and inner peace. Itotko underscores the limitations of human language in conveying spiritual concepts, encourages wisdom and discernment in interpreting scriptures, and explores Genesis from a symbolic perspective, while the significance of overcoming negative traits, aligning with God's will, and embarking on a spiritual journey remains central to Itotko's message.

The Divinely Sinful Saints by Itotko is an astute theological study that is intelligently written and straightforward, making it easy for the average reader to understand. And understanding is important when its purpose is to pose serious questions about common Christian false understanding. I have never read a book on Christianity that so ardently explores the phenomenon of reincarnation in the Bible, going as far as to suggest that biblical figures like Elijah and John the Baptist could just be different incarnations of the same soul. This and other bold perspectives defy long-held Christian beliefs about the afterlife. It's definitely more than just a coincidence that Itotko stresses the value of wisdom, intellect, and discernment in one's spiritual journey, as this work embodies all those things by affording readers an entirely fresh perspective on scripture and spirituality.