Book Review: Prove It
Prove It: How you can know and show that the Bible is God's word
Paperback, 275pp. Published by Decapolis Press, Pinxton, UK
Price: £8.50 ISBN 978-1871642872
This 500th year of Reformation anniversary renders Prove It a timely book. The founding principle of the Reformation–the era when Biblical truth was reclaimed from the dark ages of Papal authority–was sola scriptura. Upon the foundation of the sole authority of the word of God, the biblical mandate of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone, was recaptured. For this reason, a book addressing how you can know and show how the Bible is God's word–and therefore authoritative–is timely. Furthermore, a book of this ilk is timeless. Ever since the Serpent set the trend in the garden of Eden, the authority of the word of God has been under attack. For these reasons alone I would recommend Prove It to readers of all ages.
There are three features of the book that are worthy of mention. First, the book excels because it is concise. Much has been written on the authority of the word of God, but most is inaccessible to the average reader. Prove It avoids the complex arguments while still providing the substance. Getting the balance right between the technical detail and the synopsis is not an easy thing to do. At 275 pages, this book strikes the right balance.
Second, despite its conciseness, Prove It is comprehensive. A quick scan of Amazon shows that weightier and more technical approaches to the subject exist. But this book retains the same breadth while avoiding getting bogged down in detail. Readers will not be sacrificing integrity by choosing this book over larger volumes.
Last, and most importantly, Prove It is coherent. It is evident that a lot of thought has gone into the presentation of the material. Using the acrostic P-R-O-V-E, the author presents five types of evidence that prove the veracity of God's word. Prophecy; Reality; Oneness; Verification; and Experience.
The chapters on Reality (Scripture aligns with what we see around and within us), Verification (Scriptural claims can be verified by facts), and Experience (Scripture can be verified by the impact upon the lives of those it changes) are very well-crafted and argued, but in this author's opinion, the chapters on Prophecy and Oneness are where the highest value resides.
Working through various OT prophecies, the author shows how the prophets were inspired by God to present detail so specific that it could only have been God behind it. In particular note, he draws attention to the three major prophecies relating to the death of Christ (Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 and Daniel 9) and shows that the exact manner, reason and moment for His death were predicted at least 600 years before. The fact that the Bible can be proven to be accurate by comparing prophecies to already known historical facts should not pass any reader by. Our hope for the future is verified by God's faithfulness in the past.
The author also does an excellent job of demonstrating the Oneness, or Unity of Scripture. He traces the grand themes of the Bible from start to finish, through the many and varied authors, countries, and eras, and shows that they all cohere in one person, Jesus Christ.
In summary, readers of all ages will benefit from reading Prove It, but in particular, younger believers in education, and those involved in gospel work will find this an invaluable resource.