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Is the Bible Relevant for Today?

Is the Bible Relevant for Today?

Have you ever purchased something that you had to assemble yourself? After spending an hour in frustration trying to put the pieces together, did you finally read the manufacturer’s instructions to do it right?

There is a lesson for life in that experience. Did you learn it? Are you reading the Creator’s instructions we are to follow for an abundant life? They are still relevant today for preventing frustrations and problems in our life.

The word relevant means “Logically connected with and important to the matter in hand; appropriate, pertinent.”

To some the Word of God does not seem “Logically connected” or “important to the matter in hand.” The Word may be logical to the believer, but not to the unbeliever. Even some, who call themselves Christians, thinks the Bible is out of date or irrelevant. They think it should be revised to make some sins acceptable and to include scientific theories like evolution. Most in our generation today are puzzled, bewildered and confused, not knowing the way to worthwhile, abundant living.

Isa 55:6-11 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.     As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

People once took their directions from the Bible. However, over the past fifty years, our nation has all but abandoned this trustworthy and relevant resource. As a result, we are reaping the bitter fruits that come from neglecting God’s commandments and precepts!

- In the 1960s the Supreme Court ruled that prayer and Bible reading in public schools violated the Constitution.
- They prohibited the teaching of Creationism and replaced it with the theory of evolution.
- They removed God’s standard of truth and instead gave children the responsibility of determining right and wrong on their own.
- To determine whether the Bible is relevant, one need only look back over the last 50 years of our nation’s history.
- If people don’t believe the Bible is relevant today, it isn’t because we tried it and it failed, but because we have ignored it and destroyed the morality of our nation!

Most people would rather have their “ears tickles”, than to be confronted with the truth of the Scriptures. That does not make them irrelevant. The problem lies not in the content of the Word of God, but in the complacency of our society!

When the Holy Spirit begins to convict of sin, people start looking for another, more “compassionate” church to attend… usually a place with a watered down message. When it comes to communicating God’s Word, my prayer is two-fold: 1) That we will always speak the truth in love and 2) that we will always speak the truth!

Our society has rejected God, His Word, and His Church, considering them irrelevant for today! Therefore, we are suffering the consequences of this rejection.

Gal 6:7-9 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

America has kicked God out! Therefore, we are reaping what we have sown.

- Kick God out of your courts, you will get laws, lawmakers, judges and lawyers who will ultimately further victimize the victim, rather than bringing the offender to justice!

- Kick God out of our schools and you get children who don’t respect authority, teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, rampant drug and alcohol abuse, violence and killings in the schools, and a record number of teenage suicides.

 - Kick God out of your society and you accept all sorts of sexual perversion as alternate lifestyles. You will have broken homes, rising crime rates, empty lives, and the legalized slaughter of more than one million innocent babies every year!

Over the past 50 years, America has basically told God not to interfere with our legal system, the education of our children, nor with our government or our communities. Yet, when planes hit the World Trade Center, everyone looks to God for His protection and blessing! When a nation says to God, "Leave us alone and let us live the way we want to," what do you expect?

2 Tim 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Bible is relevant as much today as it was when it was written. It still speaks to issues which are relevant to life today. We, as Christians, need to teach and model with our lives how relevant the Bible really is.

The Bible speaks to every facet and situation in life you may encounter. It’s covers subjects such as sociology, psychology, humanity, humanism, spirituality, afterlife, demons, angels, death, life, sacrifice, faith, science, biology, history, archaeology, philosophy, business, visions, dreams, math, problem solving, morality, ethics, arts, music, betrayal, love, forgiveness, purpose for life, success, failure, sexuality, and many other topics. The Bible is unmatched by any other form of literature in the current world or from the ancient world.

The Bible is relevant in purpose. The Bible teaches that God wants to reveal Himself to mankind. It explains how fallen man, with a fallen nature, does not seek after God. So God has to come for us. That message is to all people in every generation. The whole story of man is the story of God revealing Himself to mankind.

Heb 1:1-2 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

Why does God want to reveal Himself to mankind? Because He loves us and He is our only hope! We need hope to deal with the atrocities of crime, wars, diseases, racism, poverty, murder in our schools and killing on our streets.

Every one of these reminds us that we need help. We need God. We are suffering the consequences of our choices and ignoring God and His Word. We need a Savior, and that is a relevant message to every generation. God’s purpose in giving us the Bible is to reveal Himself, because He is our only hope.

Eph 3:8-11 Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Technology has changed, but what has not changed is the behavior of man and the emptiness in his soul. This emptiness is not fillable by us or technology. We try, but find ourselves without purpose, without meaning, without a reason to live. But in the Bible, we come to know Christ, and thereby come to know God our Father. In Him we find purpose, meaning, and a reason to live and love.

Acts 17:28 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'

In Jesus, we have hope, peace, and love. When we allow Him to move freely in our lives, He produces in our lives the fruit of His Spirit.

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Bible is also relevant in its practicality. Usually, when one asks about the relevancy of the Scriptures they are talking about whether its teachings are practical for what we face today. Let’s consider some issues:

Purity: People object to the idea of purity. This is the major reason people reject the Bible and declare it irrelevant. They don’t want to be pure. They want to do what they want. As a result, lack of purity causes many of our problems.

However, God wants what is best for us and what will give us the greatest fulfillment in life. Therefore, the Bible teaches against sex outside marriage and that marriage is between a man and a woman. Where at one time, having sexual relations outside marriage was considered liberating, current studies show that it damages one’s ability to trust, affecting future relationships, one’s respect for self, diminishing the value of right decisions, and one’s respect for health.

The Bible is relevant concerning the building of a strong, supportive, fulfilling, family life. The Bible is relevant for entering into the most important human relationship of choice, a lifelong spouse, with the ability to commit fully, and much deeper than you have ever committed to another person in your life. Purity before marriage is now seen as a crucial part of that. This is something many will miss out on because they deemed the Bible irrelevant to themselves.

Hope: The Bible gives us hope, especially in the time of trouble and pain. Several passages remind Christians that God is in control and there is a good purpose for our suffering. For the sake of time, I will only mention one.

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Love: Jesus defined and demonstrated love better than anyone ever in history. Even unbelievers know “the world needs love, love sweet love, not just for some but for everyone.”

Rom 5:6-8 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God is defined as love. Love is the central theme of the Bible. God looked down at a sinful, hopeless world and in love sent His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

1 Cor 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

How is that definition and demonstration of love not relevant in a world so destitute of love?

Truth: Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” He was looking at it. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. When He is living in you, He will guide you into all Truth by His Spirit.

You have heard the oath given to a witness, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” Oswald Chambers had this to say about the Truth, “The Truth” is our Lord Himself; “the whole truth” is the inspired Scripture interpreting the Truth to us; and “nothing but the truth” is the Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of truth,” who regenerates and sanctifies us, and guides us into “all the truth”.

John 16:12-15  "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”

Salvation: This brings us to the most relevant theme of the Bible, that man may be saved. When man was not seeking salvation, but was seeking to find pleasure and ease, “Christ died for the ungodly.” The Word is powerful, able to bring conviction, repentance, and change into people’s lives.

Eph 1:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.

Through Christ, God offers man adoption into His family, forgiveness of sin, strength for living, purpose in suffering, unconditional love, and eternal joy. Why would that not be relevant for today? Why would God’s salvation not be appealing to those facing death and the grave?

Romans 1:16-17 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

The Bible makes no sense to an unbeliever. It is a mystery to him. Jesus is the Word, the author of the Book. Without Him, the mysteries of the Bible cannot be revealed to us. Without Jesus, we are separated from God and without the Holy Spirit.

Get first things first. Come to the author of the Bible, Jesus Christ. Come to Jesus Christ believing He died for your sin. Come humbly, repenting of sin. Come to be baptized in His Name for your redemption. Come, willing to die to yourself, so that the Holy Spirit will live in you. Then, He will reveal the Truth of the Bible to you, and you will know without a doubt that you can rely on It, and It is totally relevant today for your life.