I’m sure by now you know I tend to have a different approach to many topics than a great portion of the population, so this post will come as no surprise.
I realize we live in a society that is fast-paced, diverse and full of conflicting opinions.
I realize we do not live in ancient Bible times.
I realize the Bible includes many culturally specific commands.
I realize the Bible is not God, and we should rely on the Holy Spirit for revelation.
I see an increasingly popular stance that glorifies the position of the Word of God as nothing more than a nice historical document, filled with stories and good moral fables. I see people (including myself) who would love to apply biblical principles to one aspect of their life, but when the Bible addresses another area,they are quick to say “well that was specifically for that time period, not today.”
I see a take it or leave it mindset that allows us to use the bible as weapon or a validation, but not what it actually is–the very words of God himself, etched in crinkly pages, translated into hundreds of languages and more widely read than any other other book? This book has sparked discussion, changed lives, and impacted nations. We swear on it in court, we defend its presence in schools and we praise reading it each morning.
Either it is of the utmost importance and we take it seriously and embrace it as the infallible word of God, or it merely a work a fiction.
I am on a journey that has led me closer to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I am falling more and more in love with Jesus and his words he wrote for us. I am on a continual search for truth. What is right? What does the Lord require of me? What does he mean when he says this? Where do I separate Paul and Jesus?
I have not arrived.
However, I am inclined to say a few things to those who would like to say that the Bible is not culturally relevant or that much of what it says does not apply to us:
- God is not stupid. He knew when the Bible was written that we would be reading it for thousands of years, and that each generation would ask these questions. I think he invites questions, but the answers will likely be found as we read his word and talk to him.
- Is the problem more that the Bible didn’t evolve with society, or that we are uncomfortable with the high standard of living to which Christ has called us?
- If you question the validity of the bible and find it too demanding or too supressive of women, have you really read it? When you know the Author, the story makes so much more sense.
The word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart. -Hebrews 4
If you listen closely to the voice of the Eternal your God and carefully obey all the commands I’m giving you today, He’ll lift you up high above every other nation on earth. 2 All of the following blessings will be yours—in fact, they’ll chase after you—if you’ll listen to what He tells you. -Deuteronomy 28
23 You have been reborn—not from seed that eventually dies but from seed that is eternal—through the word of God that lives and endures forever. 1 Peter 5
2 Instead, we have renounced all the things that hide in shame; we refuse to live deceptively or use trickery; we do not pollute God’s Word with any other agenda. Instead, we aim to tell the truth plainly, appealing to the conscience of every person under God’s watchful eye.-2 Corinthians 4