“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book.” – Abraham Lincoln.
There are people who believe that the Bible is a relic of a bygone age—an outdated remnant of an ancient society. The French philosopher Voltaire once boasted that the Bible would cease being relevant and disappear from public life in less than 100 years. He was wrong.
But is the Bible still a source of useful and relevant guidance in the modern world or is it simply a dated document that contains a laundry list of regulations reflecting views that are not valid in today’s culture? Apparently, Abraham Lincoln thought it was in the mid-nineteenth century. But, in fact, the Bible preserves a storehouse of wisdom and explores timeless questions: Why do bad things happen to good people? Where does evil come from? What is the meaning of life? These questions continue to be relevant today as they were in Biblical times. The book of Proverbs, on the other hand, is full of straightforward, practical wisdom that is easy to remember. For example on the subject of how to be a person of influence: “Use patience and kindness when you want to persuade leaders and watch them change their minds right in front of you. For your gentle wisdom will quell the strongest resistance.” (Proverbs 25:15 TPT)
In reality, the Bible presents a realistic and balanced approach to the challenges of life, and the information in the Bible is more accurate and descriptive of the human condition than any psychology textbook. The Bible is also relevant to history and archeology. But the Bible is more than merely a history book, a psychology text, or a scientific journal. The Bible is the inspired Word of God revealed to humanity. Second Timothy 3:16-17 teaches, “all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” The Bible is literally “God-breathed,” offering insight into who God is and what His desire is for our lives. The Bible includes essential information on how we can know God personally.
Scripture will never be irrelevant because it addresses the universal needs of all people—to know God, to experience forgiveness, and to know how the Lord would have us to live. Times may change, but God’s Word does not. In it, we find principles that change our lives still today.
Millions of books have been written, but only the Bible provides the ultimate explanation for life on earth, as well as life beyond the grave. God’s Word has been and always will be transformative and life-giving and no other source is even close in terms of relevance. So take a few moments each day to learn about relevance from the One who wrote the book on it?
- What challenges have you heard people raise against the Bible? What do you think about the Bible’s reliability?
- What comes to your mind when you hear someone talking about the authority of the Bible? The inspiration?