The Case for Christianity Answer Book

The Case for Christianity Answer Book

by Lee Strobel

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Overview

Answers to the most-asked questions about Christian faith!

The Case for Christianity Answer Book is a great book for both newer and seasoned Christians alike. The Q&A format lends itself to helping believers know how to effectively defend their faith. Perfect for those ready to consider Jesus, longtime believers, someone seeking the truth, or even a skeptic. This book is great for anyone looking for a handy reference. The Case for Christianity Answer Book provides succinct answers to real questions about Christianity. Strobel, a former atheist, uses his investigative journalism skills to dig deep into the Bible to provide compelling and concise answers about Christianity.

In this answer book, bestselling author Lee Strobel offers biblically based answers to questions such as:

  • Did God use evolution when He created the world?
  • If God is loving, why is there so much suffering?
  • Do the resurrection accounts in the four Gospels contradict each other?
  • Can you have doubts and still be a Christian?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310339557
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Edition description: Answer Key
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 591,199
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the bestselling author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Christ Devotional, The Case for Christianity Answer Book, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, The Case for Miracles, and The Miracles Answer Book. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee has won four Gold Medallions for publishing excellence and coauthored the Christian Book of the Year. Lee is President of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University. Visit Lee’s website at: leestrobel.com

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Case for Christianity Answer Book


By Lee Strobel

ZONDERVAN

Copyright © 2014 Lee Strobel
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-310-33955-7



CHAPTER 1

Prelude

Seeking Spiritual Answers


1

I have so many questions—and a few doubts—about the Christian faith. What should I do with them?

You are doing precisely what you need to do—you're being honest with yourself and open with your questions. That's the first step toward finding answers. If you do the opposite-bottling up your concerns in the hopes they'll go away—then they'll just fester and infect your entire spiritual life.

Instead, let me urge you to follow the wisdom of Scripture. Jesus said, "Everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matt. 7:8). This echoes a principle in the Old Testament: "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13).

I've struggled with spiritual questions for most of my life, and in some ways I still do. It's an ongoing process to find answers that satisfy my heart and soul. But even bouts of doubt can show we're thinking and growing, rather than simply clinging to what we've been told.

As I described in The Case for Christ, my greatest season of spiritual introspection came after my wife, Leslie, announced that she had become a Christian. That was hard news for a skeptical journalist to hear! But it set in motion my own journey of asking tough questions—and discovering unexpected answers. In the end, I concluded that it would take more faith for me to maintain my atheism than it would to become a Christian!

After almost two years of searching, I got on my knees and asked Jesus to forgive my sins and lead my life. It was a decision that changed everything; in fact, it was the pivotal moment of my life.

That decision, mixed with the research I did then and in the time since then, led me to a sense of confidence that there are satisfying answers to even our hardest questions. It's in that spirit that I write this book.

Jesus stayed behind ... sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

Luke 2:43, 46–47


2

Can you offer any practical ideas on how to approach this journey of finding answers?

Despite my initial reluctance to seeking spiritual truth, I did do one thing right. I set three principles for myself at the beginning of my search—guidelines that helped me then and that I trust will help you now, whether you're a skeptic or a Christian with questions.


1. Make the search a front-burner issue.

Finding answers is too important to approach casually or in sporadic snatches of time. I knew—and hope you agree—that these are urgent matters. Jeremiah 29:13 encourages us to seek God and his truth "with all your heart."


2. Keep an open mind and follow the evidence wherever it leads.

This principle had been drilled into me as a journalist, and it served me well in my spiritual journey. I had to strive for as much objectivity as I could muster, putting aside preconceived ideas and biases. Only then could meaningful answers be discerned. French philosopher Blaise Pascal said, "Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that unless we love the truth, we cannot know it."


3. When the evidence is in, reach a verdict.

I knew these realities were far too important to ignore. If God is real, and if Jesus is who he claimed to be, then I would have to respond accordingly. Similarly, I hope you'll decide up front that when you weigh the facts, you'll allow the evidence to impact your own beliefs.

One more suggestion: Ask the God you may not be sure about to guide you. Just as Jesus honored the doubter who said, "I do believe; help me overcome my belief!" (Mark 9:24), he will honor your sincere request.

If you'll apply these principles and seek answers wholeheartedly, I'm confident you'll discover—as I did—that Jesus was indeed right when he promised:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

Jesus, in Matthew 7:7–8


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

I. Prelude: Seeking Spiritual Answers, 1,
II. Answers About God, the Creator, 11,
III. Answers About the Bible, 41,
IV. Answers About Jesus, 93,
V. Answers to Other Challenges to Christianity, 147,
VI. Postlude: Turning Answers into Action, 183,
Notes, 203,
Recommended Resources, 211,
Meet Lee Strobel, 213,

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Vonno More than 1 year ago
This is a great new book from Lee Strobel. Its compact size and glossy, magazine-like pages make it an ideal gift for graduations, birthdays, Christmas, etc. -- but don't let its size fool you. It covers 60 of the most common questions people have about the Christian faith, including challenges that are raised in the areas of science & faith, history, Biblical issues, theology, and personal experience of God. And its answers, though concise, are surprisingly thorough and satisfying. Maybe that's because of Mr. Strobel's background as a skeptic and a journalist (which he refers to several times in the book), but he knows how to cut to the chase and give information that is both clear and confidence-inspiring. Whether you get this for yourself or to give to others, I don't think you'll disappointed with this book of important questions and answers. Here are some of the questions this book addresses: 1. I have so many questions--and a few doubts--about the Christian faith. What should I do with them? 2. Can you offer any practical ideas on how to approach this journey of finding answers? 3. How can I "keep an open mind" when I already have some strong opinions? 5. Can we prove God exists? 6. How does the Big Bang theory help prove that there's a God? 11. Did evolution put God out of a job? 12. Can you summarize what science tells us about God? 13. If the Bible was written by ordinary people, how can I know it really is the Word of God? 16. I've heard people say the New Testament borrowed themes of dying and rising gods from earlier mythical religions. Is there any truth to this? 17. Who decided which books made it into the New Testament and which ones didn't? How do we know they got it right? 18. What are the gnostic gospels--and why were they excluded from the Bible? 20. Were there really ancient prophecies predicting details about the life and ministry of Jesus? 22. Is there any historical evidence from outside the Bible to show it is true? 24. Does archaeology confirm the New Testament? 25. Doesn't the Bible contradict what we've learned from science? 26. How can we be sure the Bible we have today is the same Bible they had back when it was written? 29. Was the idea of Jesus' virgin birth copied from pagan sources? 32. Jesus called himself the "Son of Man." Doesn't this mean he was merely human? 34. Did Jesus' life demonstrate that he was a divine person? 38. A central claim of Christianity is that Jesus rose from the dead. Is there any solid evidence to support this? 40. Some people claim Jesus' tomb was empty because someone stole his body. How do we know that's not what happened? 41. Jesus appeared to his followers after his crucifixion--but how do we know they weren't just hallucinating? 45. Isn't it narrow-minded to claim that Jesus offers the only pathway to God? 46. There are so many other religions out there. How can we be sure that Christianity is the right one? 48. Why does God allow tragedy and suffering? 51. How could a loving God send people to hell? 53. I found out the word Trinity isn't in the Bible. Why does the church teach it? 54. Why do I still struggle with doubts about my faith--and what can I do about it? 56. You've said you came to realize you didn't have enough faith to maintain your atheism. Can you explain what you mean? 59. It's hard to believe that God can just snap his fingers and suddenly I'm forgiven and my sins are all wiped away. Isn't there more to it than that?