Sunday, August 17, 2014

How Do We Know the Bible is True? Vol.1

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890516332
  • ASIN: B00CF6GO8O
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

    Can you defend the authority of the Bible?

    Government and media leaders have been eliminating the Bible and its teachings from society for years. Now there are Christian professors, pastors, and other church leaders who cast doubt on the reality of Adam, the age of the earth, and the inerrancy of the Bible. This cultural disregard for the Word of God demands that we focus on educating ourselves and defending the truth.

    General editors Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge of Answers in Genesis along with a team of biblical scholars and Christian apologists present answers to twenty relevant debates. This all-star lineup of authors include Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Tommy Mitchell, Steve Ham, Jobe Martin, Steve Fazekas, Terry Mortenson, Tim Chaffey, Roger Patterson, Bob McCabe, Georgia Purdom, and John MacArthur. Guard your family, your church, and future generations from vague notions of truth and authority. Be prepared to give a reason for your faith in God!

    In the growing “biblical authority” debate—which often encompasses the creation-evolution controversy—we usually get a host of questions about science and the Bible. But as soon as we answer those questions (for example in our popular New Answers Book series), skeptics realize their defeat and quickly change their line of attack and go after the Bible itself or the character of God.

    Over 20 relevant issues discussed include:
    • Is the Bible totally without error?
    • Did the resurrection really happen?
    • How do we know that the 66 books of the Bible are from God?
    • Does the Bible contradict itself?
    • How were people saved before Jesus came?
    • What is the purpose and meaning of life?
    • Did miracles really happen?
    • Was Genesis derived from ancient myths?
    • How should we interpret the Bible; should Genesis be literal?
    • Do you have to believe in a young earth to be saved?
    • What about the factual claims in The Da Vinci Code?
    • Is the age of the earth a salvation issue?

    This first book of a new series, simply entitled How Do We Know the Bible Is True? is lay-friendly, yet hard hitting where it needs to be. This is an excellent new tool when it comes to defending against the shifting attacks on God’s Holy Word.
My Impressions:
With so many important biblical questions I could not turn this book away. My daughter and I have been using this book as part of our homeschool curriculum for the last month.  Everyone at some point in time must make the decision to abandon the faith of their parents and find their own faith. This is the point my daughter is at. The older she gets the more questions she has regarding the authenticity of the Word of God and how reliable is the Bible. Simply put she is trying to discover if my faith is her faith or if she even has faith right now. 

We are all told to be able to give an explanation for our faith. To be able to stand firm and defend the truth. This book will help in your search to equip yourself with knowledge to do just that. Part of that knowledge comes from being able to rely on scripture and to dig deep into discovering the meaning of each passage using past information and not using fragmented methods by taking scripture out of context to suit your own personal purpose. 

I really appreciated the discussion on  the constrictions that people say are in the Bible. If yu take pone verse without looking at all scripture and the context behind that verse, yes it may seem as though the Bible contradicts itself. This is where you actually need to look at the whole context of the passage and past messages surrounding the topic. Who is being spoken to, under what context, what is the writer trying to convey, etc. Take for instance the case of salvation  through faith or works. We are saved by grace, through faith, not by what we do. BUT, we show that faith through our works. We are not saved by them, but we want to show Gods love, grace, mercy and forgiveness by the way we live our lives and that comes by our faith walk. Our fruits. That is why we are told a faith without works is a dead faith. Its a heart issue, not what saves us.

With that said, I think the authors did a wonderful job laying out the framework on how to properly and with respect answer some tough theological questions that can come up when sharing our faith with nonbelievers. It is not always what you say that is wrong, but the approach that we use that comes across as attacking and closed minded. 

This is an excellent resource that you can use as part of your curriculum, or as a group or individual study to really dig into Gods word and to equip yourself to be ready to share your faith in a respectful, but truthful way that is filled with Christs love.

About the Authors
Authors include Ken Ham, John MacArthur, Terry Mortenson, Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Tommy Mitchell, Jobe Martin, Georgia Purdom, Bodie Hodge, Roger Patterson, and many others.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from Master Books in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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