IS THE BIBLE OUTDATED AND IRRELEVANT
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IS THE BIBLE OUTDATED AND IRRELEVANT
[*For purposes of this article we use “The Bible” and “God” interchangeably. The Bible, to the believer, is the Word of God and actually God himself. The words of the Bible convey the very nature of God. As John said: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1)*].
In this evil and perverted age, man has grown too smart for the Bible. It is, according to some, contradicted by secular history, evolution, science, human independence, human intellect and human logic and common sense. However, as we shall see, the Bible is not outdated and irrelevant. It only appears that way to those who have no eyes to see or ears to hear, as in the days of Jesus.
A better title for this article would be: "Is This Present World Outdated and Irrelevant". It is filled with violence, corruption, wars, genocide, immorality, impurity, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, dissensions and factions, drunkenness, false religion and all matter of evil. (See Galatians 5:19-21). And after all of that, many still cling to the idea that the human way is the only way. The Bible teaches that love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control should reign in the earth (Galatians 5:22-23).
There is one problem common to all people who sneer at the Word of God. Many people have no eyes to see or ears to hear. To them it has not been granted to see the true meanings of the Scriptures (Ezekiel 12:2, Romans 11:8). In His calling of Isaiah to be a prophet (Isaiah 6:9-10), God said: "Go and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive;
Keep on looking, but do not understand.'
"Render the hearts of this people insensitive,
Their ears dull,
And their eyes dim,
Lest they see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed."
In Matthew 13:11-14, Jesus himself said: "To you [the disciples] it has been granted to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but to them [the multitudes] it has not been granted. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled (and He quotes Isaiah 6:9-10, above).
God is not logical as we perceive logic. He does as He would. His true name is YHWH which means “I am that I am”. He is God! To the perceptive He is, however, a God of love, justice and the only source for true righteousness.
As for the great knowledge and achievements of the world: “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). Jesus said that he who loves the world more than Him is not fit for the Kingdom of God. According to the Bible Satan tested Jesus on this very point. “the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’ ” (Matthew 4:8-10). Imagine being offered the whole world and all its glory and wealth for your very own? The Bible says Jesus refused it.
Jesus once asked the disciples who men were saying He was. They responded John the Baptist, Elijah or Jeremiah. The Lord then asked Simon Peter directly who he thought Jesus was. Peter responded that "you are the Son of the Living God". Jesus happily said "Blessed are you [Simon Peter] because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you but My Father who is in Heaven" (Matthew 16:13-17). Peter had had the necessary revelation that the "men" did not have.
Then there is an old argument against the Bible that goes “since the Bible was written by mere fallible men, it can't be true”. Therefore, they say, the Bible is just one more myth designed to give man comfort in his daily tribulations. The Bible WAS written by fallible men, untrained and uneducated, fishermen, farmers, sheep herders, tax gatherers etc. There are many reasons to call them "mere men". But God chose such men in order to glorify Himself. These men knew it wasn’t them doing the work but God.
He chose these weak and fallible things of the world to confound the mighty.
“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to human standards, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). "for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will; but men moved [inspired] by the Holy spirit from God” (1 Peter 1:21).
In Romans 16:25-26, the Apostle Paul states: "Now to Him who is able to establish you by [the] gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings [Bible] by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations may believe and obey Him” (See also Ephesians 3:3-10).
The Bible is the Living Word of God. It is not mere words. Man's writings convey only emotions, ideas and "facts". God says: "My Words are spirit and they are life" (John 6:63). God is a spirit and the only way to understand Him is through our human spirits (John 4:23-24). It is not even necessary to understand everything we read in the Bible. It is not necessary that it conform to our views of history or science because it is the Word of God. We don’t just read it. Since it is Spirit, not words, we read and drink in the Spirit that changes our lives. That is why it is called “living water” (John 4:10, 7:38).
Spiritual things are foolishness to men who don’t believe. In 1 Corinthians 2:12-15 the Apostle Paul says this about man and the Word of God: …a natural man (literally "unspiritual" man) does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one". Therefore those who cannot accept the Bible are foolish.
There is a clearly marked way of righteousness but the foolish cannot walk that way. God says this of the path of righteousness: “A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it” (Isaiah 35:8). The Bible is the road map to uttermost salvation.
God leads us slowly and gently like a true shepherd. This is the way to learn God: "Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people…” (Isaiah 28:9-13, NKJV version). Beware the great orators that lead you away from God. He is not willing that anyone get lost or left behind, so He makes His word very clear to the believer.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). The gift of God was to the whole world. If everyone would seek God to receive a revelation of salvation then all would be saved. It's a gift. You need not to work for it; only receive it. By grace, not works, have we been saved. Under the New Covenant (New Testament) Christ will teach you how to do the impossible. You will fulfill the law not by striving to be good but by receiving Him. The instructions are there, right in the Bible. Read it and take the Spirit into yourself. Love not the modern world or the things in it.
*Scripture references: New American Standard Bible, 1978 and 1995 editions
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