The book, 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian, was written by Guy P Harrison.1 It is directed at Christians. He is a skeptic who wrote this specific book asking Christians questions about what they believe. His main idea is to sow doubt, so that they will reject the Bible as truth.
He is doing us a favour, because his questions force us to formulate clearly what we believe, especially in the light of the advances of science. We need to carefully consider his questions and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, answer them. Eventually, we can benefit from a book like his.
People who rant, rave and curse God is no longer strange (it is very noticeable on YouTube). One wonders if they expend that much energy to curse and rail against Zeus, Horus, Dionysius and other mythological gods? It says in Psalm 2:4, ‘The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them….’ God is not in the least intimidated if people throw Bibles over their shoulders in derision. All He does is to take note of it.
Guy Harrison is different from those atheists. He must be congratulated on his civil tone. Yet despite that, his questions are incisive. It is sad that many Christians have not been adequately prepared to answer the questions. One reason is that the internet has suddenly ‘shrunk’ the world and information moves around at lightning speeds. Skeptics and atheists team together and get their ammunition fine tuned. They try to make Bible believers doubt and then hopefully tumble hard and fast, rejecting their faith. That it is a successful strategy is evident from the many reports that especially young people are leaving the church.
The assault on Christians is interesting and significant. As a group of people, scattered over the world, Christians have never been a threat to world peace. Despite that, tremendous amounts of energy and money is invested to get them to renounce their faith. Why the eagerness to ‘convert’ Christians to become atheists or skeptics? One reason is that it was predicted in the Bible by Jesus. When He told the parable of the persistent widow and the value of persistent prayer, Jesus asked, ‘…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?’ 2 Faith in the God of the Bible is disappearing at an alarming rate (to the great delight of people like Richard Dawkins and others).
It is as if Christians have been declared vermin, detrimental to society, and they must be eradicated. Nevertheless, God wants His followers to be able to answer the atheists in a civil manner. So we will discuss Guy’s questions, with Scripture as our Guide. Scripture is known as the Book of Truth.3
To question the Bible, Guy will either have to lie about it (which we don’t think he will do), or he will have to distort some doctrines. We will investigate it thoroughly, and we trust you will benefit from a discussion of his questions.
- Prometheus Books, 2013
- Luke 18:8b
- Daniel 10:21