Can I Really Trust the Bible
July 9, 2015
The trustworthiness of the Bible is one of the biggest issues facing the Church today. Every Christian will be familiar with critics from all spheres of life who regard the Bible as being unreliable, outdated and divisive. Therefore, any resource that can both answer these objections and inspire credence in the word of God is going to be extremely timely and valuable. Refreshingly, I found Barry Cooper's book to be both. He has done a sterling job in producing a concise, informative and very readable book on the subject. He is unashamed in his conviction that we can have a firm confidence in the Bible. He demonstrates this by examining everything from its content to its composition. There are some very snappy, simple and compelling answers to some of the most common questions about the Bible which all readers will benefit from. He drops in some greatly reassuring facts about the Bible which help convince the reader that as they read the Bible they are reading the very words of God himself. In his usual witty and entertaining way, Barry tells us about his own personal experience of the transforming power of God's word in his own life and the lives of countless others. Echoing the words of the psalmist in Psalm 19, he closes with an invitation to 'taste and see' the sweetness of the God who reveals himself in the Bible.
'That is the point of the Bible. It hasn't been given to us so that we can know about God. It has been given to us so that we can know God. One of life's saddest ironies is that many who know their Bibles back to front do not know its Author.' (p. 77)
Perhaps you are a Christian seeking to know more about the Bible. Perhaps you are not a Christian but keen to find out exactly what the Bible claims to be and how it came to be. Whoever you are and wherever you are in terms of your beliefs you will benefit from time spent reading this short book.
Can I really trust the Bible? You bet you can!