But he goes further when in writing in disagreement with Jewish author Herman Wouk, Nicodem writes, “The Jew’s best contribution to all peoples has been Jesus!” (p 52) I agree that Jesus is the priceless treasure of God’s one and only Son, but with that comment Nicodem disposes of all the history, drama, context and teaching of the entire Bible. Did he somehow forget that both the Old and New Testament was written by Jews, in fact Jesus is recorded in the Gospel of John saying; “Salvation is from the Jews.”(John 4:22b) How could this pastor of 30 years forget that?
As we get ready to tell the person God’s answer to his or her need, we must make sure that the individual understands that we are talking about real truth, and not about something vaguely religious with seems to work psychologically. We must make sure that he understands that we are talking about real guilt before God, and we are not offering him merely relief for his guilt-feelings. We must make sure that he understands that we are talking to him about history, and that the death of Jesus was not just an ideal or a symbol but a fact of space and time. If we are talking to a person who would not understand the term “space-time history,” we can ask “Do you believe that Jesus died in the sense that if you had been there that day, you could have rubbed your finger on the cross and got a splinter in it?” Until he understands the importance of these three things, he is not ready to become a Christian. (p. 157)
Overall this is not a resource I would or could recommend for either seekers or Christians looking for education on how to understand their Bible. There are great apologetics materials and biblical study guides in print today that can be used for small groups, or large adult classes which are well written, and much more “savvy” than anything I read in the Bible Savvy set.
J.P Moreland, Love Your God With All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul. (1997, Colorado Springs, Navpress)