How do we know the Bible is accurate? How do we know it isn’t filled with lies and historical inaccuracies? What proof is there outside of the Bible to prove that the stories in the Bible are correct? These and so many other questions fill the air when Christians and non-Christians discuss the authority of God’s written Word. Apparent contradictions, mis-translations of words, gaps in the historical narrative, misleading or misunderstood concepts and ideas; the waters just seem to get murkier as you dive into the issue of Bible accuracy. But Grant Jeffrey does his best to return the waters to crystal clear in The Signature of God.
Using a variety of different techniques, logical arguments and historical and archaeological discoveries, Jeffrey shows the world that the Holy Scriptures are in fact God’s Word, inspired, authentic, powerful and historically sound. But is this a book worth keeping?
The book had a lot of potential. The issue of biblical authority and historical accuracy is as relevant now as it was in 1996, when the book was published. Talking about biblical archaeology, finds that agree and coincide with the events of the Bible and ancient history, like the Tower of Babel and the Exodus from Egypt, excited the Indiana Jones inside of me. While it was not technical in nature, Jeffrey presents a thorough yet simplistic understanding of these significant finds confirming the truth that biblical events did in fact happen.
Then Jeffrey takes a hard left turn and starts discussing the Bible Code, the mysterious hidden words and messages that can be found inside the original manuscripts of the Bible. While I will not go into exactly what they are, I can tell you that the idea of a secret, hidden message borders on Gnosticism, the heretical notion that there is a unique message for God’s super special children. The Signature of God started well, but ends on a rather sour note.
While the biblical archaeology excited me, the near Gnosticism put a bad taste in my mouth. In the future, I will have to work through more detailed and technical archaeology books, and find other authors works on the authority of the Bible, because I will not be reading this book again.
The Scripture of God is OFF MY SHELF.
What do you think?
Why are you keeping The Signature of God on your shelf?
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