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5.15.2014

100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible ~ Review

100 Tough Questions about 
       God and the Bible 
by Stephen M. Miller

Everyone has questions about God and the Bible, even people who are skeptical.  There are places where we just can't get a grasp of what the writer is trying to get across.

After all if we pray in faith why do the people we are praying for healing not get well?  First off what kind of healing is being referenced? Is it physical?  Spiritual?  This is just one of the questions addressed in this book.

Just as these are tough questions not all answers are easy.  Healing might be part of God's plan or it might have to be part of the life-after-death.

And what about Jonah?  How could someone possibly live 3 days in the belly of a fish?  Stephen Miller offers the arguments that are both for and against Jonah's fish tale.

And then what about Paul and the conflicting advice he gives in his letters?  First off we don't know the questions that have been asked of Paul nor do we fully grasp the various cultures to whom he is ministering.

Stephen also addresses the issue of abortion and its volatile nature.  He places the issue in its historical setting during the time of the Bible and the various thoughts concerning it at that time.

The various prophecies concerning Jesus and the "End Times" of Revelation are shown and touched on.

Though the questions are not necessarily answered in black-and-white one comes away with a better understanding of what is being questioned and wondered about.  And more importantly one is given the means to figure out how to answer these questions by looking at the Bible, the scriptural context, the culture of the day, and even one's own personal beliefs.  We can more fully appreciate God's gift of allowing us the freedom to choose, even if this choice is what drove us from Eden and the Garden.

This is a well-written book and it is sure to start many conversations as one presents these questions to those around us or as we offer up answers to the questions of others.  This is a book that will make you stop and think and even ask more questions.  It would be an interesting book for group study and debate. 

I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  

Straightforward answers to questions
Christians and skeptics alike ask about God and the Bible


Let's be honest—the Bible can be hard to understand. It's full of weird laws, apparent inconsistencies, and tales of a God who often doesn't do what we expect. You may have asked about some of these things and been brushed off or given trite, unconvincing answers.

But serious questions deserve thoughtful responses, especially when opinions of Bible experts clash. Stephen M. Miller pulls insight from a wide range of Bible experts to report their answers to the toughquestions. He does so with a touch of humor and no preaching, allowing you to draw your own conclusions.

Questions include:
  • Would a loving God really put a good man like Job through horrible suffering just to test his loyalty?
  • If God knows everything, why did he test Abraham's faith by asking him to sacrifice his own son?
  • How could there be just one God, yet three?
  • Since Jesus told people to turn the other cheek, why aren't more Christians pacifists?