Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review of Is the Bible Reliable!

Is the Bible Reliable? is the second DVD in the TrueU video series by Focus on the Family. It's similar to the Truth Project, but this series is targeted towards teenagers approaching or in college and, according to the website, it should be thought of as a prequel to the Truth Project. The main purpose of this video, taught by Dr. Stephen Meyer (author of Signature in the Cell), is to build a historical case to show that events in the Bible really did happen. And after watching this, I am so amazed at
how much evidence exists out there that absolutely corroborates with Biblical material.

The DVD is broken down into ten 25-minute lessons on two DVDs as follows:
1. In the Footsteps of Abraham
2. The Exodus: From Egypt to Canaan
3. The Israelites Conquer the Promised Land
4. Israel's Rise to Prominence through David and Solomon
5. The Assyrian Invasion
6. The Babylonian Conquest of Judah
7. Investigating the Historical Authenticity of the New Testament
8. The Reliability of Luke and Acts
9. How Archaeology Backs Up the New Testament
10. The Trial of Jesus

This package consists of two DVDs and one discussion guide to follow along with the DVD. The book includes fill-in-the-blank, matching, and prompt exercises. It also includes quotes, pictures, and little comics relevant to the lessons. My favorite is lesson 10, the Trial of Jesus. Extra-Biblical evidence clearly shows that Jesus and His disciples exists. Yes, when it comes down to the line, believing in Jesus's deity is a matter of faith, but to have proof that He is mentioned in historical texts of the time, His followers were active in spreading Christianity, and that many of the people involved in His trial were prominent and real is great to ground faith in. I wish the DVDs were longer, but when the first DVD (Does God Exist?) was shown at my church, it was evident that the timing was planned for such a group setting. So for the time allotted, I applaud TrueU on covering so much meaningful information in what might seem a short period of time. The teaching is clear and understandable, and I highly recommend this series to anyone, especially teens. This is a must-watch for any college bound individual who seeks to know why they believe in the Christian faith. I am looking forward to watching the upcoming third and fourth DVDs in this series.

All in all, I rate this video five out of five stars. 

Click here to go to the TrueU website, a great additional resource.

Note: Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this video.


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