In Defense of the Faith Volume One: Biblical Answers to Challenging Questions

Overview

When confronted with uncomfortable questions from atheists and agnostics, cultists and pagans, or skeptics and mystics, do your once-firm convictions begin to crumble and compromise? Do you tend to take flight—or instead, are you able to stand firm and “earnestly contend for the faith”? (Jude 3)

With the keen eye of an experienced treasure hunter, the author helps readers probe and unearth the incredible wealth of guidance found in God’s Word. The resulting adventure will not ...

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Overview

When confronted with uncomfortable questions from atheists and agnostics, cultists and pagans, or skeptics and mystics, do your once-firm convictions begin to crumble and compromise? Do you tend to take flight—or instead, are you able to stand firm and “earnestly contend for the faith”? (Jude 3)

With the keen eye of an experienced treasure hunter, the author helps readers probe and unearth the incredible wealth of guidance found in God’s Word. The resulting adventure will not only strengthen the faith of believers but equip them to live daily according to His revealed truth in an increasingly hostile world. “God says it and I believe it.” Issue settled, right? Or wrong? This common response may satisfy the faith of some who struggle with answering difficult questions—but such a reply does little to ward off assaults from skeptics let alone “convince the gainsayers” by intelligently “giving a reason of the hope that is within you” (1 Peter 3:15). Sadly, most critics who wield tough questions with sarcasm do not expect an intelligent response; and tragically, many dismiss the truth when they do get one. However, what about those who legitimately question the Christian faith—including weak or battle-weary believers whose spiritual convictions may be hanging by a thread? This fascinating book can be a great help by itself, or used in conjunction with the audio series to assist listeners—sincere skeptics and believers alike—with more than 40 years’ experience in seeking (and finding) biblical answers to life’s most challenging questions:

* Why does God allow suffering and evil in the world?

* What about all the “contradictions” in the Bible?

* Are some people predestined by God to go to hell?

* Why would a merciful God punish people who have never heard of Christ?

* How can one tell the difference between God’s true light and Satan’s seductive counterfeits?

FIND BIBLICAL RESPONSES TO SUCH QUESTIONS AS:

Is There a Difference Between Faith and Belief? • Is It Wrong to Want Evidence of God? • How Do We Deal with Doubts? • If We Can Prove God Exists, Why Faith? • Why Do Christians Accept Only One God? • Who Is the True God? • Can We Know God? • Are God and Nature the Same? • Is It Wrong to Ask God to Reveal Himself? • Is Jesus Half-God & Half-Man? • Is the Bible Reliable? • Is the Bible the Only Book of God? • Were Biblical Prophecies Written after the Events? • Shouldn’t We Examine All Religions? • Can the Bible Be Verified? • How Do We Know Our Copies of the Bible Are Accurate? • Can You Make the Bible Say Anything You Want? • Is the Bible Infallible? • When Was Jesus Born? • Do the Gospels Disagree?

BONUS MP3: Included in the book is a one-disc MP3 radio discussion of In Defense of the Faith from Search the Scriptures Daily. Recorded for radio broadcast, this archival series spans nearly 100 segments (about 23 minutes each) that comprise nearly 37 hours of fascinating discussion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781928660668
  • Publisher: The Berean Call
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Hunt ministered worldwide for nearly forty years, encouraging millions of believers to diligently study God's Word and leading many to Christ. A prolific best-selling author, international lecturer, and Bible teacher, his writings have been translated into at least 50 languages. More than four million copies of Dave’s books have been sold, which include: The Cult Explosion, The God Makers, The New Spirituality, The Seduction of Christianity, Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist, Occult Invasion, A Cup of Trembling, A Woman Rides the Beast, In Defense of the Faith, An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith, Seeking and Finding God, Judgment Day!, Yoga and the Body of Christ, What Love Is This?, Psychology and the Church, and Cosmos, Creator, and Human Destiny. For nearly a decade, Dave also co-hosted a weekly radio program, Search the Scriptures Daily, broadcast on over 400 stations in the U.S. and worldwide.
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Question: I have always understood that there is a

difference between belief and faith—that belief is

based upon fact and that faith, since it is related to religion, must be divorced from evidence and reason. That seems reasonable, but lately I’ve been wondering whether, and why, this should be true. Can you help me?

Response: You are struggling with a common, but

serious, misunderstanding that has brought multitudes

throughout history into religious bondage. The Bible puts

belief and faith on an equal footing, with no difference

between them. Common sense itself and a little reflection

will tell you that faith must have as sure a factual foundation as belief. Faith is not a leap in the dark. Furthermore, faith in God and His Word, because it involves eternal matters, is far more important than belief about things of this life....

Question: Obviously, the whole idea of faith in God

was invented by religious leaders in order to deceive

and enslave their followers. That’s one thing all religions

have in common: an elite class of clergy who get the people to believe in some mythical God and then pretend to be the go­-betweens to this God to hold the people in their power—and charge them plenty for it!

Response: That was Lenin’s theory. He was also a

materialist. Nothing existed for Lenin except the

physical world, and the only way to know about that world

was to come in contact with it. In agreement with Freud,

Lenin believed that man was a stimulus-response mechanism without spirit or soul, just a lump of protein molecules wired with nerves. Man’s behavior was learned from experience and could therefore be reprogrammed through “behavior modification,” a polite word for “brainwashing,” which the Communists developed to a fine art—except that it only worked by destroying the person....

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