I am pleased to announce to the launch of my new book, “Finding God When He Seems To Be Hiding”, published through Ark House. It can be purchased from my website as either a paperback or an eBook. Go to https://smartfaith.net/shop or click the link: SmartFaith Shop.
The book is subtitled, “Intelligent Answers To Profound Questions”, and this is exactly what it provides. It gives clear, rational answers to the 12 most common questions and objections that are raised by sceptics and seekers:
- There is no clear evidence for God’s existence.
- If God exists, why isn’t He more obvious?
- How can an all-powerful, loving God exist when there is so much suffering and evil in the world?
- Jesus is a myth and His resurrection is a complete fabrication.
- The Bible is historically unreliable; full of insertions, embellishments and fabrications.
- Hypocrisy and sexual abuse have turned me off Christianity for good!
- God-ordained Christian killing in the Bible, and throughout history generally, makes Christians no better than terrorists.
- Science and evolution have disproved the existence of God.
- How can a loving God torture people for eternity in Hell?
- If we are incapable of not sinning (as the Bible says) why does God still punish us for something we can’t help?
- If sin will no longer be possible in Heaven, yet people will still have free wills, why didn’t God create a world like this in the first place?
- What kind of narcissistic God creates us and demands that we love Him, then tortures those who refuse? What sort of insecurity must God have, that He cannot tolerate people not loving Him?
For many people, these questions and objections form significant roadblocks to genuine faith. Over the years I have had many conversations with people who are earnestly seeking to believe in God, but who are plagued by these kinds of doubts and questions. I am convinced, however, that there are meaningful, rational answers to these questions. This book addresses these issues with clarity and insight, providing intelligent answers that move beyond the standard, glib responses that are often proposed.
While there are other books and publications on many of these questions, an alarmingly large proportion of it does not address the issues at a depth that would satisfy an intelligent enquirer. There is certainly no single published work where all 12 of these issues are addressed with the academic rigour, biblical integrity and philosophical depth that they demand.
This book arose, initially, out of emails and correspondence with my son over the last few years, as he wrestled with questions and doubts. Beyond that, however, this book is the product of 40 years of discussion and debate with seekers and sceptics, as I have regularly engaged with the sceptic community.
GIVE IT AS A GIFT: This is a perfect book to give to a non-Christian friend or relative who has questions and objections about Christianity. Buy several copies to give to friends and relatives!
USE IT AS A RESOURCE: Keep a copy on your bookshelf, to refer to when you have those challenging conversations with seekers and sceptics. Reading it will strengthen your own faith and equip you to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15)
BIBLE STUDY GROUPS: Each chapter concludes with “Reflection Questions” and Bible study passages, designed for use as a study guide for Home Bible Study groups. Your home group can study this book, reading a chapter during the week and then using the discussion questions in your weekly meeting. Some churches have already purchased bulk copies for use in their own Home Group programs.
PRINT EDITION: AU$20 + Postage
Downloadable EBOOKS: AU$12 (Formats available are EPUB, MOBI and PDF).
It is my hope and prayer that this book will strengthen your own faith, and also prove to be a valuable tool in assisting seekers and puzzled believers to develop an unshakable confidence in the unimpeachable character of God.