“Has God Spoken? Proof of the Bible’s Divine Inspiration” by Hank Hanegraaff (book review)
In “Has God Spoken? Proof of the Bible’s Divine Inspiration” (ISBN 9780849919701, 2011), Hank Hanegraaff points out that many scholars like Bart Ehrman and L. Michael White push the belief that the Bible is merely “cleverly invented stories” full of contradictions. Hanegraaff explains that such attitude from these other authors are based on minor differences between the Gospels (especially) and the exclusion of books like the Gospel of Judas from the Bible.
Hanegraaff starts his book explaining how the Scriptures were copied letter by letter — hence not changing the text of previous copies. Cleverly enough, he quotes other scholars to support his claims. In all, this book tries to prove that the Bible is divine (guided by the Holy Spirit) and not a play of words written by man as these other authors believe as a form of response to those who believe in Ehrman and White among others. This books comes handy when arguing with someone who rejects the Bible as a whole (personal note at the end of this post).
What I didn’t like in this book is that in the very beginning of this book, Hanegraaff criticizes Islam and Mormonism. I think it’s a stupidly bad move considering the present tension with Islam or rather Muslim fanatics. I also didn’t like that it gets a bit repetitive as if the author tries to sell an idea by implanting it in our psyche as a persuasive technique (repetition).
On a personal note, I do believe that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of errors in the translations of the Bible. I also believe that the books in the Bible were chosen for some personal reason (pride, arrogance, etc) — hence making the Bible incomplete although still being the corrupted Word of God.