Searching for the Truth?

by cmoneyspinner

Book suggestions for those searching, seeking, on a quest to find life's purpose and the meaning of truth; or for intellectuals, philosophers or people who just like to read.

Many Seek Truth. Some Write Books About What They Find.

In Memory Of:
- Grant R. Jeffrey (1948 - 2012)
- John Hick (1922 - 2012)
- Paul Edwards (1923 - 2004)

Grant R. Jeffrey believed the Bible was the Divinely inspired word of God because God signed it. There is no way it can be deemed a forgery, a fake, or uninspired. His wrote a book titled "The Signature of God", to present his proofs.

Logic dictates if there is a sole author of the "the Book of Books", the author must exist or must have existed at some point.

Three decades earlier, before Jeffrey's findings were made available to the public, two other men, John Hick and Paul Edwards, presented the results of their research regarding "The Existence of God". It was an exercise in philosophical reasoning.

Jeffrey, Hick and Edwards - Believers and Philosophers

Ministers and Teachers

According to the results of research that took him decades to compile, Grant Jeffrey insisted that math, science and medicine, archaeology, and historical records provide indisputable evidence that the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. Oddly enough one of his main indicators or proofs is the same claim made by President Abraham Lincoln, that is, anybody who reads the Bible will live and die a better person for doing so.

"I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man."
- - Abraham Lincoln, 1863

It is clear in reading The Signature of God that Jeffrey's purpose is to persuade or convince non-believers that the truths presented from Genesis to Revelation are verifiable and come from a Higher Power who reveals Himself to all mankind through His Word. Jeffrey's work is the result of several years of research and study, the final product being presented to the public in book form in 1998. But if one is to accept his analysis and conclusions, one must first accept that God is real. Suppose the non-believers don't even believe there is a Supreme Intelligent Being we refer to as God? Logic dictates if there is a sole author of the “the Book of Books”, the author must exist or must have existed at some point.

In 1964, two other men, John Hick and Paul Edwards, published the results of a project they had undertaken. They went on a quest to gather “available” information from the ancient Greeks to the present day (the “present day” at that time being circa 1960s) and share arguments representing both sides, i.e. FOR and AGAINST The Existence of God.

My Assessment and Opinion

Both books, in paperback format, are between 300 to 350 pages. So first I'd like to say that the condensing of years and years and years of that kind of extensive research into publications that are less than 400 pages is nothing short of miraculous!!!

 

Have you ever seen “reports” promulgated by the United States government? It takes 300 pages to present the summary of whatever it is that's being reported on! (O.o)

 

RE:  The Signature of God
Are you're trying to convince me that an extremely wise and intelligent Being is the author of one of the greatest books ever written?  Well then quite frankly I think that the mysterious Hebrew codes, the mathematical signature of God, and the "Undesigned Coincidences" are totally unnecessary convolutions.  The information and arguments presented did nothing to convince me that the Bible is God-breathed inspired words.  Hey!  I'm a tough audience!

 

RE:  The Existence of God

If one decides to tackle a topic like the existence of a Supreme Being, why start with the ancient Greeks?  There were many civilizations, nations, or people who lived and walked the earth long before citizens of ancient Greece showed up.  Take one look at their mythology and it's plain to see that they were a pretty confused set of folks.  They had gods that treated human beings like they were toys to play with, pieces on a chess board.  I suspect that if one went back far enough in the history of mankind, they would probably find a point in time when all men knew the one true God.  His existence wasn't a question, it was a given. :)

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Are you an atheist? believer? student of philosophy? truth seeker? Then the combined reading of both books is highly recommended.

The Signature of God
Thomas Nelson
$6.99  $5.99
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Updated: 07/09/2015, cmoneyspinner
 
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cmoneyspinner on 12/07/2014

Hi @BrendaReeves! Thanks for visiting. I used this Wizzle as an excuse to share the glitter graphics image. :)

BrendaReeves on 12/07/2014

I'm one of the few people that can discuss religion. That's because I don't challenge the beliefs of others. Religion, God, spirituality is a personal path.

cmoneyspinner on 11/14/2014

@frankbeswick , @WriterArtist – Thank you both for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Apologize for the late reply. Pontius Pilate asked Jesus “What is truth?” Finding the truth is not as hard as people seem to think. Practical application in one's life is usually the challenge for many. But for some when they find it? “Buy the truth and sell it not.” Proverbs 23: 23 Those who lay hold on the truth hold on to it for life; because there is nothing you can trade or swap out for the truth. You can share it. But you won't give it up! :)

frankbeswick on 11/11/2014

Understanding of the truth is like a seed. It begins small and then develops, but it must be nurtured and will take a lifetime. But what is important is that we do not just try to grasp the truth with our intellects. We must live in it, grasping it existentially. If we are living wrongly, we have to step out of our wrongful ways, in a process that Christians call metanoia, to step into the way of truth by living in a rightful way.

WriterArtist on 11/11/2014

My quest of searching truth was a long one till I found a path and technique. This path is a practical path which has to be practiced, no books, no dogmas and theories come near to the core of understanding life better. The questions such as - why I was born and where did the universe come from are quintessential questions still remain unanswered. But now I know at least some part of it has to do with me and my actions only.

DerdriuMarriner on 08/14/2014

cmoneyspinner: Ditto to you on valued perspectives.
:-)
The Book of James is helpfully succinct.

cmoneyspinner on 08/13/2014

@DerdriuMarriner :)
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1: 17

Thanks for visiting. Your perspectives are highly valued.

DerdriuMarriner on 08/13/2014

cmoneyspinner, It's interesting that as I'm reading this, I'm thinking of the line from Bob Dylan's Oscar-winning song, "Things Have Changed":
"All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie."
Perhaps it is aspects of truth which befuddle the search.

cmoneyspinner on 06/09/2014

frankbeswick - I found the book in our library at the church. You're right about the sources.

frankbeswick on 06/06/2014

I used the "The Existence of God" when teaching philosophy of Religion to college students. It is a selection of the best sources.


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