Years ago, when I was building my apologetics library, I bought a short book by Bill Cetnar called “Questions for Jehovah Witnesses.” It contains photocopies of pages from various Watchtower publications, with questions for the Jehovah Witness to answer. If you’ve ever had visits from these people, you know you can’t teach them anything from the Bible. They just won’t listen. They’ll only accept what their organization teaches. But they do like to answer questions. For this reason, the approach used in this book works very well.
Atheists are also like Jehovah Witnesses: you can’t teach them anything from the Bible. But many atheists are willing to research evidence, so I put together a short book that uses a similar approach to reach the atheist, agnostic, and skeptic. It’s called “Fifty-Five Questions for Skeptics,” and it contains simple, straight-forward questions for the reader to research and answer. I want the reader to investigate the evidence for the existence of God and the inspiration of the Bible so he can come to faith on his own.
The questions in this book center around the modern-day restoration of Israel, and how it fulfills the prophecies written thousands of years earlier, with a special focus on determining the mathematical probabilities of the various parts of the prophecies. There are a lot of questions, some of which require research to answer, but they’re all necessary to show how strong the evidence is for the supernatural restoration of national Israel.
When speaking of fulfilled prophecy in the Bible, the skeptic digs in his heals and refuses to believe. He has a small cache of responses at his disposal to deflect any effort to change his mind such as “The prophecies were written after the events happened,” and “The prophecies can mean whatever you want them to mean.” None of these objects will work in this book. The questions deal with things that are common knowledge or the reader can prove outright. After working through to the end of the book, I let the reader come to his own conclusions, whatever that may be. I feel no need to pressure the reader to come to a decision because I believe the facts will speak for themselves. People learn much better when they see the truth for themselves rather than hear it from someone else. I believe anyone who goes through this book and earnestly tries to answer the questions will come to the conclusion that God exists and the Bible is His inspired word. From there, I encourage the reader to continue studying the Bible, and especially the claims of Jesus Christ.
Barring some possible minor tweaks here or there, the book is complete. Click here to download a copy and let me know what you think.