PROVE IT: A REVIEW

Apologetics is majorly a religious discipline, one that involves defending our faith by systematic argumentation and discourse. It basically means to speak in defense of something and to many of us, it might not come across as an urgent need among the body of Christ or an important skill to school one’s self in. We probably ask ourselves, “If I already have faith, then why would I need proof of what I already believe in? But as the author says in the book, “Investigating the claims of what you believe doesn’t necessarily mean that you doubt it. Having proof beyond reasonable doubt will do more to strengthen your faith than shake it.” More so, I know there are people whose lives, particularly after-life might depend on one encounter with a believer who does not only have strong faith but is also well schooled in the area of defending it.

Issues like the existence of a supreme being; the theory of creation as opposed and superior to that of a big bang, questioning the potency of a sovereign Good in an evil world, the acclaimed relativity of the truth of anyone’s belief et cetera are addressed in the book. Is faith really useless where logic is concerned?  Trust me. You can and will be equipped with sufficient answers to give those who demand answers even beyond the stories of the bible. As the writer says, “No human can claim to know everything, but we can know enough.” That is what this book is about.

Stick with me.

Prove It is a Vivify devotional written by Vivify’s pioneer, Pastor Kenneth Olusanya. The book aims to awaken the consciousness of its readers to the art of Apologetics. Kenneth Olusanya is a man passionate with the desire for truth as he has constantly sought for and found it. He demonstrates his vast amount of knowledge as he covers topics under the questions that most skeptics have and unveils the truth in this devotional, to as many as seek it objectively.

Prove It is a rare kind of devotional. It is not only useful for believers but also for they that do not believe. The book is somewhat a tool for seeking skeptics; providing extra biblical and biblical evidence of the involvement of God in this physical life, and yes that includes His existence. It also provides tools to strengthen the believer’s convictions.

Although I must say to those who seek evidence for faith that faith has never been blind, rather faith in itself is evidence. Knowing does not mean the same as believing. This book (although not exhaustive in itself) will point a reader’s attention to sufficient reason and near exhaustive resources for further research. Knowing that no evidence will ever be enough for a prejudiced seeker, it’s important to have an open mind. Nevertheless, Prove It will help the seeker to find and the found to seek.

OVERVIEW

The book contains 39 days of well-planned out and carefully written content which include daily exercises for readers to engage in. Apologetics can be a highly engaging, mental task and because of this, one might not even know where to start. Thankfully, the author puts this into consideration and includes guidelines and daily tasks for the effectiveness of this journey available at the end of each chapter.

Each day in this brilliant work, consists of carefully chosen topics that build up progressively as the components, arguments, claims and resources for apologetics are thoroughly explained and critically scrutinized such as;

  • Creation
  • Relativism
  • Absolute truths
  • Atheism
  • Skepticism and uncertainty (as regarding the Agnostic)
  • Arguments for God’s existence
  • Theories of an orderly chaos
  • The “good” God in an evil world
  • Jesus – Man, Myth or Messiah

And it ultimately leads to the redemptive message of the Gospel.

I have grown up all my life in the church. And one thing I have been told while growing up particularly on evangelism days is that as preachers of the gospel, we are not going out there to argue with anybody but to preach the gospel lovingly and gently. This is a very godly admonition but its tone also insinuated to me, that I take to my heels when I encounter a seemingly lost cause that asks way too many questions concerning the gospel and never seems satisfied with just hearing “Jesus loves you”.  I had not read the part in my bible that says in 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

Brethren, we are God’s spokespersons. We are not supposed to shy away from answering the world’s toughest questions about God and about our faith in him. It’s not bad to not have all the answers but it’ll speak poorly to not seek out those answers. Some of these answers as I have found, are clearly written and handed over on a silver platter in this devotional. The author transcends the realm of valid factual proof by also revealing sound biblical doctrine. Arguably  he uses the clearest process that I have ever read on paper in an apologetic material. Stick with me as I show a tip of the iceberg:

A Brief Summary

  • Let’s start with the issue of Relativity: Relativity is simply the belief that there isn’t really any such thing as truth. A relativist will tell you that truth is a function of what people think or believe it to be. Therefore, truth they say, is relative. So,  is faith even a do or die affair? Why should anyone believe what is actually true? Are there consequences for not believing the right thing? Sounds pretty convincing, or at the very least maybe hard to answer but the author contradicts this notion in an excerpt from the book, where he writes, “For one to say they don’t believe that we should believe anything at all is in itself a belief system – a belief system that believes we should not believe anything. Faith is inevitable in all situations. Truth can only be defined by the one who made truth.” Someone who cares about objective truth will think about that.
  • Debunking the Atheist’s claims: If a person is truly logical and is not a lazy thinker, do you think that they’ll settle for concluding that something does not exist simply because they can’t see or talk to it? If you are a person of hard evidence, would you be mediocre enough to not seek out all evidence, test the authenticity of them all, draw out objective hypotheses, and weigh all possible conclusions to see which is more convincing? But you’ll think people of “intelligence” would know better than to wish something away simply because they can’t see it. This brings me to one of my favorite quotes by the writer – “Atheism is a delusion”. And their arguments can most certainly be countered.  According to the author, he claims as he writes in the book, “In conclusion, I vehemently assert that there are no atheists. There are people who intentionally don’t want to esteem him as God and give Him due credit.” And this is proven by an atheist’s statement which I came across on the internet; “I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.”
  • Proving God: Arguments for theism. This is one of my favorite chapters in the devotional. It contains detailed explanations of the Cosmological, Ontological, Moral and Teleological arguments for God’s existence. Big words right? I know. But the good part is how amazed you will be, just like I was while reading this, at realizing that the atheist’s arguments are not as mighty or logically convincing as they might sound. This chapter knocks remembrance into my head with all gravity, that not only can we prove that God exists, we can also see that he exists. Just so you know, my favorite is the teleological argument.
  • Aren’t we just a lucky planet?: A shocking revelation it was to me when I learned by this book, that some people will rather give credit to luck than praise God for his incredible work. Now for someone who claims to be thinking and is truly thinking, the content in this chapter (the 8th) has to be one of the most convincing materials you’ll ever read that proves that there is a superiorly intelligent, sovereign and uncaused cause behind creation, and that will ultimately lead to an affirmation of the fact that there is God. Here the author does a good job at conveying factual material as well as personal perspective, without coming across in the least bit as “sentimental”.
  • Lastly in this short book review: I would do no justice at recommending this book without mentioning that it contains biblical and extra biblical resources of literary and archeological statements of proof about the divinity of the person of Jesus Christ. An example of literary proof stated in the book would be certain excerpts from the written works of Flavius Josephus; a first century, Jewish historian with partially unbelieving but particularly unbiased views to the claims of Christianity, and inarguably one of the most reliable sources for written works of early Jewish history. God himself has come down to man as Jesus Christ, some have indeed seen him and to this day, we bear witness of him. To a man of faith, no explanation is needed but to a doubtful thinker, no explanation is sufficient. 

The book though not extensively exhaustive, is sufficient on all topics treated therein. It actually succeeds at debunking the outrageous claims of the absence of a creator. And by reading this book my conviction is strengthened that we wake up every day to see creation surround us with all of its glory. To believe that a chaotic explosion can somehow birth such magnificent order as the universe is utmost foolishness. There is definitely a Creator. And even more thoughtless, is to choose in your right mind not to give glory to such a creator.

Therefore I see clearly; that in atheism’s claims, logic either proves itself insufficient or out rightly defies itself. However, although personal views against atheism are predominantly expressed in this review, the book speaks sufficiently of other forms of unbelief too.

I assertively state that the Prove It devotional, is a balanced Christian material. And yes, any unbeliever can also pick it up and hopefully with an open heart receive the love of God in Christ Jesus. This is because it conveys the gospel as excellently as it presents logical and quite convincing arguments for our faith. Generally, the book sufficiently helps to establish a logical argument for faith but it is not exhaustive on its own. Therefore, for further research you might want to look carefully into more extra biblical sources.

In conclusion, it is important to note that although we might be able to prove God’s existence beyond the pages of the bible, no one can know God outside of the bible. We present our reasons firmly and in love but must not forget that what saves is the Gospel of God’s grace towards mankind. I find apologetics to be a necessary thing for every believer to learn but it is only a tool.

This goes without saying that you will do well to buy Vivify’s Prove It Devotional if you haven’t. We all need it.

Peace unto you.

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    Kenneth Olusanya June 27, 2019 Reply

    Well done Susan. Wonderfully written

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      Susanna Reply

      Thank you sir. It’s a honor.

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