People are curious to know if the Bible is still relevant for today. After all, wasn’t it written centuries ago? Isn’t the Bible only for religious people who pray, go to church, give money, et cetera?
Actually, no. The Bible is universal because it reveals God’s plan for man. That plan is to establish an eternal new country where He rules as the Head. The citizens will be people who accepted God’s Lordship on this side of the grave and will therefore enjoy His benefits eternally.
# Yet we live in a time of opposition to the Bible and God.
- For example, it is anathema to teach the Bible in schools; it is frowned on to talk about the Bible on campuses. Free speech means about anything, except what God says in the Bible.
- Politicians as well as social media giants like Facebook and Google, take exception to ‘hate mongering.’ That means people are uncomfortable when it comes to the message in the Bible that, ‘…God now commands all people everywhere to repent.’ 1
- Psalm 2:1-2 says, ‘Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One.’ It is remarkable that we see this opposition all around us. The Western World is very much engaged in getting rid of the God of the Bible.
# There is an incident in Genesis 11:1-9 that clearly illustrates this.
- The history of the Tower of Babel shows us what happens when nations, cities or societies write God out of the equation or embrace other standards.
- Confusion was the result. God confused their language so they could no longer understand each other. As a result they were scattered all over the earth. The tower of Babel explains the origin of different languages and cultures.
- Even in the Church there is confusion. Some say this, some claim that, and the debates almost never stop. If it was only about ‘small’ things like wearing a hat to church, it would not have mattered.
- But today many begin to question the Bible in the first chapter, at the creation. They skirt around it and declare that it is some kind of metaphor. They ask, was Jesus resurrected? Is He the Son of God? It is question upon question.
# Confusion reigns in many modern Western countries.
There is no consensus about what marriage is, whether a person is a male or a female, et cetera. They have nice words for such confusion. It is ‘politically correct,’ ’gender fluidity,’ ‘diversity.’ It sounds wonderful, but it must be quite confusing when there is no authoritative guide and the only authoritative guide, the Bible, is either outright banned or frowned upon.
There will be confusion in a society that rejects truth as expounded in the Bible:
- Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 2
- The Word of God is Truth. 3
- The Holy Spirit teaches us about Truth (the Living Truth, Jesus) and truth (the written truth, the Word of God). 4
- Acts 17:30b
- John 14:6
- John 17:17
- John 16:13