Reality According to the Scriptures

Initial Reflections

Christian - Devotion/Study
172 Pages
Reviewed on 04/18/2023
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Author Biography

José Soto is an independent researcher and writer who is passionate about the gospel. He works at the intersection of philosophy and biblical studies, investigating how the biblical story squares with our experience of reality. Besides the gospel, the nature of Scripture and biblical studies in general, his interests include history, sociology, and the philosophy of education.

José lives in the Boston area with his wife and daughter. He loves reading and learning, good music, surfing, and a job well done.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

What is the meaning of life, and how does it relate to the Gospel? Reality According to the Scriptures by José Soto seeks to answer this question and enlighten us on God’s grand plan. It provides a glimpse into Soto’s research on the nature of God’s creation and the true purpose of life. He draws on Scripture, reputable secondary sources, and personal life experiences to present the divine message of the Gospel and redemption. It covers topics on the meaning of blessings, the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, oneness with God, and love for one another. These lessons will open your eyes to a new dimension and understanding of Christian life and existence.

This is one of the best-researched works I have ever read. José Soto did a great job of compiling all this data to create a masterpiece. Each chapter builds up from the previous one, giving the narrative a smooth flow and making it easier to understand. Soto includes well-researched references and organizes everything beautifully. Apart from its amazing format and structure, it also has a life-changing message. Everyone has their views on reality and the purpose of existence. Reality According to the Scriptures presents us with a message about the part we are to play in this world. The message of redemption is that of love, hope, and purpose. What we emit into the world will reflect who we are, and if we do the will of God, we present Him to the world through our work. He lives in all of us, and no matter how far you think you have gone astray, He is always there for each one of us. This is the first volume in the series by Soto and I can't wait to read more of his work.

Rabia Tanveer

Reality According to the Scriptures: Initial Reflections by José Soto explores the concept of reality as it is presented in the scriptures. It is aimed at those interested in the intersection of theology and philosophy and who want to gain a deeper understanding of the biblical worldview without discrediting science and history. Soto argues that the scriptures present a comprehensive view of reality that encompasses both the natural and supernatural realms. He explores various topics such as nature, creation, human nature, sin, and redemption and how they contribute to the overall understanding of reality according to the scriptures. Taking biblical faith as a guide, Soto explores concepts of cultural confusion, oneness with God, and even far-reaching topics such as the meaning of life. It is divided into three comprehensive parts so we can understand, absorb, and derive meaningful and practical applications easily.

José Soto argues that the biblical understanding of reality emphasizes the interconnectedness of all things and that the relationships between God, humans, and the natural world are all integral to the overall fabric of reality. Another important theme is the idea that reality is both material and spiritual. Reality According to the Scriptures suggests that the scriptures present a holistic view of reality that includes both physical and spiritual dimensions and that these dimensions are inseparable. While the narrative style is thought-provoking, it also challenges us to think deeply about the nature of reality and the scriptures' role in shaping our understanding of it. I like how the narrative is shaped to be simple yet profound at the same time. You don't have to be a Christian to understand this book. Theology students will benefit from this straightforward narrative that packs a punch of knowledge. I highly recommend it.