When I was younger, I remember viewing the bible as prehistoric book, written for ancient people and maybe for my grandparents.
It seemed too holy for me.
The gold-trimmed pages and the black leather cover didn’t attract me, not one bit. I avoided any contact with the bible altogether, but not for long.
My perspective on the Bible began to change as I familiarized myself with its teachings. I read through the scriptures and examined them with a critical eye, asking a lot of questions and finding answers through research with the help of trusted friends.
Although finding answers to my questions strengthened my faith, I experienced God’s power when I applied the scriptures to my life. For that reason, I can confidently say that the scriptures are still relevant, still active, and still filled with power.
Here are four reasons why the Bible is still relevant to us today:
It was Written for the Human Heart
The Bible is relevant because it was written for people and not for specific time in history. More specifically, the Bible was written for the human heart.
Hebrews 4:12-13 says that the word “judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart,” not the thoughts and attitudes of a specific era. The nature of the human heart doesn’t change as time changes.
People in the past wrestled with sin as much as people do today. All humans have a sinful nature, past present, and future, so no matter what time in history someone lives, sin will always be a problem.
The Bible compares the word of God to a sword, a sword that penetrates the deepest corners of our deceitful hearts. It teaches, corrects, rebukes (sternly discipline), and it trains us to live upright lives in the sight of God. The word of God is also compared to a mirror (James 1:22-25) because it allows us to come face to face with who we really are: broken people in desperate need for God.
The Characters are all Relatable to us
More than anything else, the Bible demonstrates the imperfections of human beings. Even biblical heroes such as David (who defeated Goliath with a rock), or Peter (who walked on water), made mistakes all the time!!
And the bible doesn’t hide it.
Instead, it uses the flaws of men and women of the past to display God’s redemptive power at work in them. In Acts 4:13, it says,”When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men..”
In other words, there was nothing impressive about these men. They were unschooled, ordinary men. They were no different from you and me. They made a lot mistakes, but Jesus still believed in them.
Here are some examples of how imperfect God’s people were:
- Peter denied Jesus 3 times
- Jacob was a cheat and a lier
- Paul was a persecutor of the church
- David murdered an innocent man after he committed adultery with the man’s wife
And the list goes on. I recommend reading the book “Twelve Ordinary Men,” by John F. MacArthur Jr. for an in depth study on Jesus 12 disciples. You’ll see how ordinary and relatable they are to you.
The Bible Addresses Everything you will Face in Life
No matter the situation we face in life, the Bible has an answer for us. If you need help with insecurity, the bible provides guidance for finding security in God. If you need help with relationships, the bible provides guidance on building healthy relationships. Again, the list goes on:
- Fear (Joshua 1:9)
- Finances (Proverbs 13:11)
- Hard work (Colossians 3:23-24)
- Perseverance (James 1:1-3)
- Encouragement (John 16:33)
There is nothing you will ever face in life that the Bible doesn’t address.
No self-help book will ever provide you with the depth of understanding that the Bible provides. And that’s because the bible is inspired by God, who has perfect understanding of human nature.
The Bible is True and Reasonable
Paul shared his testimony to Festus, King Agrippa, and those in his hearing while on trial in Rome (Acts 26). He affirmed to them that what he was sharing was true and reasonable.
Paul spoke about his encounter with Jesus, his life change, and his new purpose and mission in life. Mind you, the Roman authorities crucified Jesus in plain sight, so Jesus was no stranger for most of the people in Paul’s hearing.
The life and resurrection was true and and reasonable back then, and it still true and reasonable today. In other words, the bible makes sense. Human brokenness is evident by simply observing. And our need for a saviour, again, makes sense.
The Bible is not only the inspired word of God (according to scripture e.g. 2 Timothy 3:16), but it’s also a collection of books that document real events that happened, events such as the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.