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Ken asks…

When I finished school I discovered a book named?

When I finished school I discovered a book named ‘Islam’ written by a Greek Christian scholar. This book described the basics of Islam, but it was very biased. I learned many things from it, but in the final chapter the writer wrote: “The Islamic belief is wrong. The true god is the holy trinity, Jesus was not just a messenger, but the son of god” and things like that. Then the great question came to my mind “What if the Christians are wrong and mistaken? What if the trinity doesn’t exist? What if Jesus was just a good man and not a god?”

New Niche Finder answers:

It is very hard for people to avoid some form of bias when it comes to something as controversial as religion, especially when your beliefs are in conflict with the religion you are discussing. A book written by a Muslim about Islam or Christianity, or a Christian writing about Christianity would also have similar elements of bias favouring their religious views. A book about religion(s) by a member of any other religion or an atheist or agnostic would also display some elements of bias.

The final chapter you mentioned was the author expressing his opinion, probably titled, ‘my conclusions’ or something to that effect.

Reading just one book will not give you a complete perspective on the subject, reading a range of books (from multiple viewpoints) will give a much clearer understanding. That is the approach I took, and why I remain a Christian, you may come to a different conclusion to me, I’d like you to come to the same conclusion, but it is your choice to make, not mine. All I can suggest is that you read C.S. Lewis’s (Christian author) book ‘Mere Christianity’.

Helen asks…

Good Books?

I am looking for a leisure book that i can read. Looking for some good ideas that everyone may have, like your fav book… I am a college student iterested in a lot of stuff if that helps…

New Niche Finder answers:

A really good, suspenseful book I’m reading right now is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

Here’s a review:

If your pulse flutters at the thought of castle ruins and descents into crypts by moonlight, you will savor every creepy page of Elizabeth Kostova’s long but beautifully structured thriller The Historian. The story opens in Amsterdam in 1972, when a teenage girl discovers a medieval book and a cache of yellowed letters in her diplomat father’s library. The pages of the book are empty except for a woodcut of a dragon. The letters are addressed to: “My dear and unfortunate successor.”

The first letter begins:

“My dear and unfortunate successor:
It is with regret that I imagine you, whoever you are, reading the account I must put down here. The regret is partly for myself – because I will surely be at least in trouble, maybe dead, or perhaps worse, if this is in your hands. But my regret is also for you, my yet-unknown friend, because only by someone who needs such vile information will this letter someday be read. If you are not my successor in some other sense, you will soon be my heir – and I feel sorrow at bequeathing to another human being my own, perhaps unbelievable, experience of evil. Why I myself inherited it I don’t know, but I hope to discover that fact, eventually – perhaps in the course of writing to you or perhaps in the course of further events…”

In cities after cities, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible thruth emerges. Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic tradition – and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect ancient powers- one women comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil.

Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful – an utterly unforgettable.

Betty asks…

Why was the book of Enoch banned from the bible?

That and many other books..

New Niche Finder answers:

It wasn’t “banned.”

Simply put, the book of Enoch is not considered canon by scholars and therefore it was not included as canon in scripture. Nowhere in scripture is “the book of Enoch” even mentioned. The NAME Enoch only occurs 12 times in 11 verses in the entire Bible: Genesis 4:17, 18, 5:18, 19, 21, 22,23, 24, Luke 3:37, Hebrews 11:5 and Jude 1:14. Perhaps it would help to revisit the definition of canon…

The Bible is a compilation of books considered by scholars to be Canon.

Canonicity is determined by God. A book is not inspired because men made it canonical; it is canonical because God inspired it. It is not the antiquity, authenticity or even religious value that makes a book canonical or authoritative. On the contrary, a book is valuable because it is canonical and not canonical because it is or was considered valuable. Inspiration determines canonization, and confusion at this point not only dulls the edge of authority but it mistakes the effect (a canonical book) with the cause (inspiration of God). Canonicity is DETERMINED or established authoritatively by God; it is merely DISCOVERED by man.

HOW did man discover or become aware of what God had done? How did the church fathers know when they had come upon a canonical book? There were 5 basic principles that were used in order to DISCOVER the books which God had DETERMINED to be canonical. It is instructive to look at these principles individually in their actual historical operation.

1) IS IT AUTHORITATIVE? This is perhaps the first and most important question that was asked by the fathers. Does this or that book speak with authority? Can it be said of this book as it was of Jesus, “And they were astonished at his teaching, for the taught them as one that had authority” (Mark 1:22)? Does this book come with a divine “Thus saith the Lord”? Does it have a self-vindicating authority that commands attention as it communicates?

2) IS IT PROPHETIC? The next question to be asked was: Was this book written by a man of God? It seemed reasonable that THE WORD OF GOD INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD would not be given through anyone other than a MAN OF GOD (II Peter 1:20; Hebrews 1:1). Thus, a book was judged as to whether or not it was genuinely written by the stated author who was a spokesman in the mainstream of redemptive revelation, either a prophet (whether in the Old or New Testament times) or an apostle.

3) IS IT AUTHENTIC? This question of the Fathers asked, “Does the book tell the TRUTH about God, man, etc., as it is already known by previous revelation?” And is it a record of facts as they actually occurred? Obviously, a book cannot contradict known truth and still be truly God’s.

4) IS IT DYNAMIC? Another question was asked by the fathers, although sometimes only implicitly: Does the book come with the POWER of God? They believed the Word of God was “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12), and consequently ought to have a transforming force for edification (II Timothy 3:16) and evangelization (I Peter 1:23). If the obeyed message of a book did not affect its stated goal, if it did not have the power to change a life, then God was apparently not behind its message. A MESSAGE of God would certainly be backed by the MIGHT of God.

5) WAS IT RECEIVED? The capstone of the questions was: Has this book been ACCEPTED generally by the PEOPLE of God? Compared to modern standards, transportation was slow and communication was poor during the first centuries of the Christian era. Thus, the full canonical lists were not universally agreed upon in any official way for a few centuries. This meant that when final decision was made and, in many cases even long before that, the collection and listing of books was being done by people to whom the book was not originally directed. So they necessarily had to depend upon testimony, circulation, and usage, and the above mentioned four principles in order to make a final decision about the acceptance of the given books.

In a sense, then, the acceptance of a book by the church councils of later centuries is not a strong independent witness to the canonicity of that book. It is rather a confirmation, and does serve the obvious purpose of MAKING FINAL the decision and availability of the books. After all, if the latter Fathers had not collected and DISSEMINATED the books, what good would be accomplished by the fact that the earlier Fathers had ACCEPTED them? The continuation of the canonical books necessitated not only their COLLECTION and RECOGNITION, but also their TRANSMISSION to subsequent generations.

The Voice

A General Introduction to the Bible, by Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, Moody Bible Institute Press copyright 1968
For the sake of brevity, I have only included the FIRST paragraph after each question. The book goes into MUCH further detail.

David asks…

Who Are Some Artists That You’ve Discovered Through A Book?

I had book called I Was There which is about various important gigs through the years that apparently changed or affected music. It was through this book that I first heard of Robert Johnson and the Jesus & Mary Chain. Also, I once read a book about Nirvana which was where I first heard of Ian Mackaye and Minor Threat.

BQ: Favourite book that’s music-related?
BQ2: Have you ever checked out a book after hearing a reference to it in a song?
BQ3: Now playing?

New Niche Finder answers:

I’ve discovered Gerry and The Pacemakers thanks to Tony Bramwell’s book – My Life With The Beatles , which is also my favourite music-related book
BA : Checked out The Picture of Dorian Gray after hearing its name in a James Blunt song … Yeah .. I know .. James Blunt
BA3 : David Bowie -Cygnet Committee

Jenny asks…

Looking for customer reviews for Vtech – Rhyme & Discover Book?

Where can I find reviews and opinions online for Vtech – Rhyme & Discover Book

New Niche Finder answers:

Consumers review the Vtech Rhyme & Discover Book. There are multiple reviews to choose from.

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