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February 8, 2015

L. John Bost
L. John Bost

Previous - Design Evidence For Creation.

The Bible was written over two thousand years ago, and is not relevant in the twenty-first century. Right? The question that comes to my mind first is, "Why?" A second question is, "Who says the Bible is not relevant in the twenty-first century?" What evidence do they have for this assertion? Does the Bible anywhere indicate that the time would come when it would lose its relevancy? Does it not say, ""But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you" (1 Peter 1:25)?
Moses wrote long ago, "In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). Do we not live on the same earth that God created in the beginning? Jesus said in John 12:48, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." Will He no longer judge those who reject Him, in the last day? If not, when did that cease to be true? If not by His words, by what shall we be judged? And, by the way, if the Bible has been copied and translated so many times we no longer have His words, as some charge, by what shall we be judged?
Jesus came to the earth to save sinners (Matthew 1:21; 9:13). When He came, sin was a universal problem. Paul writes in Romans 5:10, 12:
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life...Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned...
Paul writes in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Does sin no longer exist? A casual look at the current state of affairs in the world, and the condition of many men and women, shows that the answer to that question is clearly, "No!" Sin clearly exists in its many forms. Is the "wages of sin" no longer death? If not, when did that change? Can man freely sin today with no spiritual consequences? If so, when did that change? If eternal life is no longer "thegift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord," then how does one obtain eternal life? Is eternal life no longer available? If not, when did man lose that promise?
Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:3:
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Now, if the Bible is no longer relevant, how do we obtain "all things that pertain unto life and godliness" today" Or do we? Then it was "through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue." How does it come to us now?
These questions, and more, must be answered by those who would have us believe that Bible has lost its relevance in the modern world. One additional question that must be answered is, "What evidence is there that the Bible has lost its relevance? And, "How do you know the Bible is no longer relevant?" Is it simply the passage of time that rendered it irrelevant? Is it that a book written in the First Century must not be relevant in a world of modern technology and knowledge? What does that have to do with it? The fact that it may seemthat a First Century book could not be relevant in the Twenty-first Century does not make it so! Is it that we know now that parts of the Bible are inaccurate, and so we must abandon it for a more "scientific" approach? What proof is there for that assertion? Or is it simply wishful thinking on the part of those who do not want to obey the Bible's teaching? These are questions that bear answering.
The fact is the Bible is a book that was inspired by the Holy Spirit to be relevant for every age. It is still the only place you can go for the "Words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved" (Acts 11:14).

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