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Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2011
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
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