In the beginning, God created all things by His Word. Two chapters later, it is the authenticity, integrity, and meaning of God’s Word that is called into question by Satan. And to this day, unbelievers of every kind approach the Scriptures in the same way. Popular pseudo-intellectual unbelievers such as Bart D. Ehrman, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have aggressively attacked the Word of God, attempting to upset the faith of many by asking: Has God really said? How are Christians to respond to the claims of these popular unbelievers, as well as unbelieving friends and family members?
Hank Hanegraaff’s newest offering Has God Spoken? seeks to provide Christians of every stripe with a thorough yet readable and user-friendly defense of the authenticity, integrity, and meaning of God’s Word. Hanegraaff’s book answers questions and criticisms raised against the Divine inspiration of the Bible with evidence from the manuscript data (showing the overall textual purity of the Bible), evidence from archeology (which is both instructed by Scripture and corroborative of Scriptural historical claims), and evidence from fulfilled prophecies. By beginning first with the integrity of the manuscripts then moving on to the historical reliability of the accounts of Scripture, he then lays the Gospel before the reader by presenting Christ as the one to fulfill all prophecies concerning Himself. Which is the main point of all the Scriptures (cf. John 5:39).
Thus, Hanegraaff’s book sets out to not merely provide a dry point-by-point refutation of opponents of the Word of God, but also seeks to confirm the faithful in their faith and invite the lost to “come and see” this Jesus, the Word of God, who is the subject of these authentic, compositionally integral, and very meaningful documents which Christians accept as the Word of God. And it does this very well. Hanegraaff’s book is not for the specialist per se; therefore, it may not appeal to those who are well versed in the topics aforementioned. However, for Christians who are neither archeologists, nor pastors, nor professors, etc, this book is an excellent resource for personal instruction, edification, and evangelism.
Reviewed by Hiram R. Diaz III
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