A lot of reasons seem to be given as to why the Bible cannot be trusted, never mind read and studied. This series of articles is intended to dispel some of the major arguments. Some of those reasons include that the Bible contradicts itself; the stories have no relevance to modern day life and issues; and it was written by men, so it can’t be trusted as a reliable source.
In Part 1 of this series dealt with the topic of contradictions. We saw that careful study of the entire Bible reveals that passages that seem opposed to each other in fact do not.
“The stories have no relevance to modern day life and issues.”
In other words, why is it that abortion, assisted suicide, cloning, and many other such modern issues are not mentioned in the Bible? And what about the ones that are? And what does a story about a shepherd boy named David fighting the Philistine giant Goliath have to do with anything we face today?
God’s love letter to us was not meant to be an exhaustive list of dos and don’ts. Rather, everything from Genesis to Revelation is intended to teach us who God is and who we are in light of this holy God. Through reading and studying the Bible we learn God’s character and what living a holy life looks like. When we learn that, then we can apply this knowledge to modern day life and issues.
For example, when we read the story of David and Goliath, it’s not a story about the underdog who slays a big bully. This Philistine who was mocking the one and only living God was slain by a youth who was backed by this living God! And why did God empower David with the strength and the ability to take on this huge, well-armed, well-seasoned soldier? Two reasons: 1. God acted to protect His Name from being treated lightly, and 2. because David’s heart was in the right place.
This story teaches us that God should be the most highly revered Being because He is more than capable of defending His Name and acting on His own behalf. It also teaches us that He often chooses to do His awe-inspiring work through ordinary people whose hearts are tender towards Him. Something else we learn is that God is greater than anything we have faced or will face.
There is so much more that can be pulled from this story, but these are just some of the highlights. The point is, when we look at the whole Bible in this light, we find all the answers we need for everything life has to throw our way, including anything new that is sure to crop up.
God knows the end from the beginning because He lives outside of and created time. Everything we need to know to live our lives in a way that honors God, including loving and taking care of all the precious people He made in a way that pleases Him, can be found in these pages.