It is important for Christians to be challenged by differing views. As Solomon said, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” [Proverbs 27:17] If you think you and/or your church have got all of the right answers, then it is definitely time to let someone challenge you. If you are right, then you have nothing to fear by being challenged. If you are wrong, then you have nothing to fear by being corrected.
So, I recommend that every Christian make it a habit to read books on biblical topics on a regular basis. Some might say, “Well, all I need is the Bible,” and that’s very true. The problem is that no one has only the Bible. Everyone has their biases, assumptions, and presuppositions along with the Bible.
Paul said, “Test everything; hold fast to what is good.” [1Thessalonians 5:21] Do not hesitate to test your beliefs…from the basic to the controversial to the complex. Find out what others are saying. Do not write other views off before hearing the case, and do not accept any views before hearing the case.
Here is a list of books in no particular order that I recommend for a variety of reasons…but mostly because I believe they will help you question and grow.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Mere Discipleship by Lee Camp
Faith and Reason by Ronald Nash
The Edge of Evolution by Michael Behe
The Christian View of Science and Scripture by Bernard Ramm
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
Surprising Insights from the Unchurched by Thom Rainer
Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
I Sold My Soul on eBay by Hemant Mehta
Go Ye Means Go Me by Ivan Stewart
Take some time to challenge yourself. Pick up one of these books.