My Response to An “Old” Book

Things get old in life. Phones become outdated and “slow,” clothes and shoes are no longer in style, and those old college textbooks from the 1800s just won’t cut it anymore in the modern classroom. This is a part of life as we typically know it. However, when this  concept of “old things don’t matter so much” invades our spiritual lives, it becomes very dangerous.

Sadly, in our generation, more and more Christians are not spending time studying the Bible. “LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,900 Protestant churchgoers and found that while 90 percent ‘desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do,’ only 19 percent personally read the Bible every day.” [1] Why is this the case? I suggest that for most Christians the Bible is… well, kind of old. It is thought of as a book written back in a different time for a specific male dominated Jewish culture, and we live in a modern society about 1,920 years after the last book of the Bible was written. It just doesn’t make sense that the Bible is at all relevant to our practical day-to-day lives today. This is the question we will be asking: Is the Bible really relevant for me today?

The Bible is the inspired Word of God. When the Prophets and Apostles spoke, Paul said “you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God.” (1 Th. 2:13) We are not to think of the Bible as the thoughts of Jewish men dealing only with circumstances that existed during their time. We are to remember that the Bible is God’s Word and since it is His Word, we also need to remember that He “knows the end from the beginning.” When God spoke to His people during the Bible times, He had all people from all time in mind. Notice the following passage.

“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Co. 10:1-4)

Here Paul is describing the experience of the children of Israel during the time of Moses. Verses 5-10 explains why many of the children of Israel sinned and died in the wilderness. Then we come to verse 11. It says, “ Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” (1 Co. 10:11) Notice, who was their experience written for? It was written for those who would be alive at the end of the world. That means the Word of God doesn’t become less relevant as time moves forward but the opposite is true. As time passes by and we get nearer and nearer to the Second Coming of Jesus, the Bible becomes more relevant because it was especially written for the group of people alive at the end of the world. Also Paul, when talking about the Scriptures, says, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Rom. 15:4) God had you and me in mind when He inspired the writings of the Bible. He knew the spiritual struggles we would go through, the trials of this would we would face, the promises we would need, and the dangers of last day events that we would need to be prepared for. God is love and because He loves us He gave us all that we need for life God has given us in His Holy Word.

Do you spend time every day studying the Bible? Let me rephrase. Do you spend time listening to the words of God that He desires to speak to you? This is the reality of studying the Bible. It is sitting at the feet of the King of the Universe and hearing Him speak and then responding back to Him in prayer. It isn’t an outdated religious exercise. It is essential to having a healthy and vibrant walk with God. The Bible is more relevant today and demand our attention.

“An intensity such as never before was seen is taking possession of the world. In amusement, in moneymaking, in the contest for power, in the very struggle for existence, there is a terrible force that engrosses body and mind and soul. In the midst of this maddening rush, God is speaking. He bids us come apart and commune with Him. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work.” (Education, p. 260)

[1] Weber, Jeremy. “80% of Churchgoers Don’t Read Bible Daily, LifeWay Survey Suggests.” Gleanings. September 2012.