The Bible is the most influential book in human history.

The Bible is the most influential book
in human history.

But what are we supposed to do with it in the 21st century?
And even more importantly, can it still be trusted as the Word of God?

Confusion and doubt about the Bible are becoming as common inside the church as they are in our broader culture. Questions come from all sides:

  • Is the Bible anti-intellectual?
  • Has the biblical text been corrupted over the centuries?
  • Who really chose the books of the Bible and why?
  • Which interpretation of the Bible is correct?
  • Are the gospels full of contradictions?

Today there are an unprecedented number of sophisticated attacks on the origin, credibility, and reliability of the Bible. Secularism has tried to undercut even the possibility of spiritual or moral knowledge. Skepticism toward institutional religion is at an all-time high.

Yet, the Bible claims that truth is knowable and God is actively involved in our world.

What are we to do?

Pray for wisdom. Think clearly. Pick up your Bible. Read through the 11 major challenges presented in these pages. Be ready.

When you encounter difficult objections to the Bible, you need to make sure that you are asking the right questions.


(D.Min., M.Div., M.A.)

is the author of Welcome to College and Think Christianly and coauthor of Is God Just a Human Invention?. He also contributed to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students. Jonathan is director of creative strategies for Impact 360 Institute, where he trains high school and college students in Christian thought and leadership.

As the founder of Think Christianly, Jonathan speaks nationally on worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is passionate about seeing a new generation of Christ-followers understand what they believe, why they believe it, and why it matters in life.

His books have been featured on shows like Family Life Today, Stand to Reason, Breakpoint, WAY-FM, Frank Pastore, The Janet Mefferd Show, and Apologetics 315. He and his wife have been married for 13 years and have three children.

The most common forms of doubt concerning the Bible originate from intellectual issues, emotional issues, and lack of spiritual growth.