Is the Bible Still Valid?

Can the Bible be trusted as a reliable source of wisdom for today’s modern world? 

Society and culture are vastly different from the way they were when the Bible was written. 

People from biblical times could not have imagined the world we live in, with all our modern conveniences and technology—no more than we can imagine with any accuracy what life on this planet will resemble 1000 or 2000 years from now. 

The question is a valid one because the whole Christian faith hinges on an accurate rendering of the Bible and a solid belief in this accuracy. If we don’t have the Bible to rely on, then we really don’t know what truth is. 

We have to be able to answer the question to our satisfaction so we can continue to lean on the Bible as our anchor and truth.

The problem is, if we start to question any part of the Bible as far as its accuracy and truth, then we have to call into question the entire Bible. 

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Simply put, either the Bible is true or it isn’t. It can’t be partially true; we can’t accept sections of the Bible as fact and conclude that other parts of it are false.

Some people will probably say that I’m over simplifying a very complex question. I disagree, however. 

On the contrary, I believe that God intentionally makes some aspects of His kingdom very simple. 

After all, we’re told in the Bible that we must have the faith of a child if we expect to make sense of it all. Jesus says in Matthew 18:3 (CSB),

Unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

To me, this means that we simply must believe. 

Believe what God tells us. Believe that He created us in His image. Believe that Jesus is His Son and that He was crucified for our sins.

No, none of this makes any logical sense. After all, if God created us, who created God? 

At some point, however, we have to stop with the questions and simply rest in faith. God is God and we aren’t. 

He gave us the Scriptures to guide us through life, which as we know can be treacherous. The Bible is meant to give us hope, strength, and wisdom. 

If we can’t trust the Bible in its entirety, we can’t trust God in His entirety, because the Bible is

breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

I chose the English Standard Version for this verse because it renders God’s role in the formation of the scriptures as “breathed,” rather than merely “inspired,” which other versions use. 

The Bible comes literally from the mouth of God and was given to us to help us become the strong, solid Christ-followers He wants us to be. 

We can’t pick and choose what we believe is true in God’s word. Either it’s all true, or it’s all a fallacy. 

I side with the former conclusion, which means I believe that the Bible is as valid today as it was 2000 years ago. 

We can still turn to it to find wisdom and truth, just as our ancestors have for generations. Unlike fashion, the Bible never goes out of style.

What about you? Do you believe the Bible is still valid?

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Thinking about Genesis…

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As I sat in the Easter service this past Sunday contemplating the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection, I had a thought. What if God gave us the creation account as the first story in the Bible so as to set the bar for the entire rest of His narrative? It makes sense to me.

If we know nothing about the Bible and the first thing we do is pick it up and start reading at the beginning with Genesis — BAM! it hits us right in the face.

You mean God created the whole universe from nothing? He just spoke it — and the world was formed?

The Genesis account is no doubt difficult for human minds to grasp, especially our western, educated, logical minds.

However, if we can wrap our heads around what the Bible tells us regarding the world’s creation, or even just suspend trying to understand it at all and just accept it on faith, then we allow ourselves the possibility to believe the rest of the miracles in the Bible.

Surely, if we accept that an eternal, timeless God created the world from nothing just by speaking what He wanted, then surely we can go on to believe that He can part the Red Sea and allow His people to escape to freedom.

Surely if we we’re OK with the fact that God created the first woman from a rib taken from the first man, the we can accept something small such as His son turning water into wine.

Healing leprosy? That’s nothing compared to populating the entire animal kingdom at will and then saving it by sending a male and female of each kind to seek refuge from a worldwide flood aboard a huge ark that, incidentally, took 120 years to build.

Of course, there is no way to prove my theory, but maybe if God has a Q&A session in Heaven, I’ll get an answer.

 

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