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It's tough to be a believer in today's world- especially if you are a student in an academic system intent on destroying your faith. Bestselling author and television co-host, Ray Comfort, has collected some of the toughest questions people will face in defending their faith and offers sound biblical responses. Each issue is one that has been raised by genuine atheists. Don't be without these powerful facts when you face a world trying to twist and confuse biblical truth.
The Defender's Guide for Life's Toughest Questions discusses topics such as:
- Humanity: Rights and Suffering
- The Bible: Biblical and Theological Issues
- Science: Scientific Thought and Evolution
- Philosophy: Beliefs and Worldviews
- Religion: God and Atheism
When an atheist wants an answer, will you have one?
- Any Christians out there want to take on why the Bible has such a low opinion of women?
- What is wrong with using 'filthy language'? Biblically or otherwise?
- Do you really believe the Holocaust was God's punishment of the Jews?
Ray Comfort tackles these questions and many more in The Defender's Guide for Life's Toughest Questions. Learn how to approach these types of questions with confidence, biblical truth, and loving kindness!
1972: April 25, Ray Comfort was converted to Jesus Christ.
1974: He began open air preaching and continued to do so, almost daily, for the next 12 years. During that time he started a free evangelistic newspaper called "Living Waters," and to write and publish gospel tracts.
1977: Ray published a book called, My Friends are Dying (now called, Out of the Comfort Zone). It received national publicity, and this opened an itinerant ministry.
1980: He began to suffer from a disease he called "evangelical frustration." The symptoms were that few listened to the gospel, and few genuinely came to Christ. He also found statistics that showed that up to 90% of those making decisions, fell away from the Church.
1982: Ray discovered "Hells Best Kept Secret" (then called "Evangelical Frustration")an eye-opening teaching about an almost forgotten biblical principle to reach the lostone that was not only rooted in Scripture, but that was the essence of the gospel proclamation of men like John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon and George Whitefield.
1989: He and his family were invited to leave their native home of New Zealand and to relocate in the United States, particularly to bring their ministry to the American Church.
1990: The teaching was published in a book called, Hells Best Kept Secret.
1992: Thanks to Bill Gothard, over 30,000 pastors saw this teaching via video, and the ministry began to grow.
2001: The School of Biblical Evangelism began. Today it has more than 11,000 (online) students worldwide. Actor Kirk Cameron was given "Hell's Best Kept Secret" on CD, and he then read Rays book God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life (now called, The Way of the Master). The teaching so changed him, he met with Ray and and eventually joined the ministry, specifically to bring the message to the contemporary Church.
2003: Kirk taught "Hells Best Kept Secret" on TBN, and the next day the Living Waters website received over a million hits.
2004: Production of "The Way of the Master" television program began. It has since won seven awards, is now in its third season, and airs on 31 networks in 70 countries.
2006: The cream of the TV program was released as "The Basic Training Course"an eight-week DVD course that was especially formatted for local churches and individuals. Within two years more than 14,000 of these courses were being used to train churches to reach out to the lost.
2008: The "Ambassadors' Academy" was launched, and in the first year 350 evangelists were trained and networked through the Ambassadors' Alliance.
Comfort, an author, co-host of a radio and television program, and creation apologist, has compiled a list of questions about evolution, creation, and Christianity, with answers to help readers rise to the challenge of answering life's tough questions. These are questions he has been asked personally or on his blog, Atheist Central. He divides the book into sections on humanity, the Bible, science, philosophy, and religion. Some of the questions are straightforward; others are rude, but Comfort has an answer for each. He includes two appendices, one on comments by atheists, the second a response to a YouTube video entitled "10 questions that every intelligent Christian must answer."
Here is a sample of the questions Comfort deals with:
Do you believe the Holocaust was God's punishment of the Jews? Why does God not heal amputees? How did the 16,000 or so creatures on Noahs ark become the 1.4 million species today? Considering that God made the world and the universe in six days and considering He created Adam at about 4004 B.C., why is it that scientists say that the most distant stars are over 20,000 light years away? What do Darwin's personal views on race have to do with our modern understanding of evolution? If someone stood by and watched a (little) girl be raped and did nothing they would be as bad as the rapist. Your God is said to sit by and watch endless harm that could be prevented like some sick and cowardly voyeur. I would call such a creature evil, so why would I worship it, even if it were real?
Comfort answers each question respectfully and with a concern for the questioner. One of the mainstays of his answers is that evolutionists believe everything came from nothing. His overwhelming concern for his reader comes across strongly, but he does not fudge the truth in order to appeal to the readers. He takes a firm stand, thereby helping the readers and those of us seeking good answers to hard questions. He utilizes quotations from evolutionists which undermine their arguments and Scripture from Genesis 1:1 through much of the Bible, such as Psalm 14:1; Romans 1:21-22; John 8:31-32; Colossians 2:8; and Isaiah 59:1-2.
Comfort's responses do encourage the believer to stand for his faith. After reading it, my husband said, "I feel so much more confident. As Comfort says, when you boil the theory of evolution down to evolutionists believing that everything comes from nothing, you realize how empty it is." Debbie W. Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Eric SmithRochester, NYAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Defense of the faith on displayFebruary 24, 2012Eric SmithRochester, NYAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My wife bought this book for me for Christmas and I enjoyed it very much. I've watched Ray witness on video and TV and you get the same feeling and tone in this book. Most of the defense comes from questions asked on Ray's site for atheists and it makes for interesting, sometimes amusing answers to some honest and some angry questions. Ray uses logic, humor, and evangelical bluntness to his answers, sometimes avoiding answering some questions directly by pointing out the illogic of the question instead. It's a good book to read to study how to defend your faith, but I would recommend Jason Lisle's book The Ultimate Proof for Creation first because it shows the logical fallacies and how to spot them to be able to logically and Biblically refute them. Ray's book is a great example of what it looks like to answer logically, but Jason's book will show you step by step how to do it. I still recommend this book, however, because it shows Ray's heart for the lost, his desire to equip the believer, and his love for God.
Anthony Shuler5 Stars Out Of 5Great!August 1, 2011Anthony ShulerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ray Comfort is one of the most Biblically sound teachers out there today and this Q and A book gives his usually solidly Biblical answers to numerous often asked questions. As with most of his books, this one by Comfort is sure to feed the Believer new and old as well as offend the God-hater and Gospel-compromiser.
UrailakOregonAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Got Questions?June 23, 2011UrailakOregonAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Got questions? Here is a book of many answers regarding the Christian faith. Ray Comfort has compiled some of life's toughest questions he has received and offered his Biblically based answers. Most of these questions were from atheists and most of the answers were aimed directly at atheists. Ray Comfort wants to equip believers with the Biblical truth and facts that they can use to defend their faith. This book covers topics such as: Humanity: Rights and Suffering, The Bible: Biblical and Theological Issues, Science: Scientific Thought and Evolution, Philosophy: Beliefs and Worldviews, and Religion: God and Atheism. Questions about the Holocaust, Hell, Hitler, human origin, healing, and more are addressed. I really appreciate Mr. Comfort's heart for the lost and his love for our Savior. In almost every answer, he drives it home with the Gospel message, emphasizing repentance. However, I don't think his sarcastic approach (used to make a point) works effectively for everybody. One thing is certain: he doesn't sugarcoat anything. He is sincere; he even shares that he's not afraid of dying but he's afraid of the process of dying. (pp.108-115) He shows genuine concern for people's souls and their eternal destiny. He is humble; he doesn't claim to know all the answers. Yet he is confident when he gives answers based on God's Word. Mr. Comfort tells it as it is... comforting to hearers or not :).
~ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
WriterRani1 Stars Out Of 5Not A Good ReadJune 18, 2011WriterRaniDivided into five different sections: Humanity, the Bible, Science, Philosophy, and Religion. Ray Comfort answers questions from atheists base on Biblical truths.
This book has been written to help equip Christians who may not have an answer when confronted by those who question their faith.
In this book you will learn the answers to questions/statements such as:
"Evolution proves there is no need for God's existence."
"I've tried to praying, and it doesn't work!"
"Do you ever doubt the existence of God? And if so, why?"
"Do you really believe the Holocaust was God's punishment of the Jews?"
My thoughts- I was very interested to see what Ray Comfort had to say in this book. I have seen him on his show with Kirk Cameron and I was not impressed. I couldn't wait to read this book to see if my opinion of him could be changed.
Unfortunately, I was unable to enjoy this book. I thought the questions were very good, but I felt that Ray Comfort failed to completely answer many of the questions. Most of the time it seemed as if he completely avoided the question.
Once in chapter three he said he was impressed by Charles Darwin and later in the chapter he said Charles Darwin was a raving man. It was only when I looked back at the two different passages that I discovered that the first time he was being sarcastic. I would think it may be difficult for some people to realize the sarcasm unless they were really studying this book.
I would not recommend this book. If you want to be able to defend Christianity, it would be best to just study the Bible, so you would know exactly what to say. There is also no harm in telling the person that you need to find the answer and you would get back to them.
Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Defender's Guide for Life's Toughest Questions by Ray Comfort for free from Master Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
mahez007Chennai, IndiaAge: 25-34Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5â€œDefender's Guide for Life's Toughest Questions"May 15, 2011mahez007Chennai, IndiaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3"The Defender's Guide for Life's Toughest Questions" by â€˜Ray Comfort' from Master Books is an interesting book on apologetics. This book is written in a conversational style and it deals with topics such as:
ï‚§ Humanity: Rights and Suffering
ï‚§ The Bible: Biblical and Theological Issues
ï‚§ Science: Scientific Thought and Evolution
ï‚§ Philosophy: Beliefs and Worldviews
ï‚§ Religion: God and Atheism
Ray does a fabulous work of answering some tough questions that are thrown at Bible believing Christians by atheists. His style makes the readers think and ponder over answers written by him. There is no single defined pattern of answering the questions. Ray's style of answering differs with each and every question. And, this works to his advantage. Ray scores in many areas and ducks at some others. The book is good in bits and pieces.
Particularly I enjoyed his answers to the questions like --
ï¶ Are you afraid of dying?
ï¶ Are you honestly affirming the case that all the ingredients to produce life were present on earth before life existed?
However, while answering a question on evolution, he goes to the extent of quoting that "the American public school system is a failure." (pp81). Here, rather than dealing with the subject of evolution, he fluctuates to the different issue altogether in his answer.
Anyone fond of apologetics could give it a try. One will gain some insights on how to answer some sheepish questions fielded at â€˜believers' by so called â€˜atheists'. May not be the Ray Comfort's best but worth a read.
I would give this one three out of five stars.
Please note that I received this book from New Leaf Publishing Group through its book review bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. Also be informed that the opinions I have expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.