The Bible—what an astonishing assembly of miraculous information and events! It’s a collection of 66 individual books written by many different people over a span of nearly 1500 years, yet it is one book! The Bible claims that its message is from God, Himself; and more than 2,600 times, the writers of the Bible unequivocally state that they speak or write God’s words, and not their own!
We might ask, “How is it that the Bible is adequate to address today’s issues?” The reasons are many but we’ll hit on a few:
The Bible Can Be Trusted!
Astoundingly, in-spite of the fact that the Bible was written by so many different authors spanning a multitude of centuries, we still have a book that conveys a totally consistent message. There is no other writing, whether secular or religious, that contains the hundreds of predictions about the future like the Bible does. Additionally, no other source has provided prediction after prediction that has been exactly fulfilled—with some predictions being played out hundreds of years after they were made. This unfathomable truth can be explained only through the existence of God who, alone, revealed the future. God tells us in Revelation 22: 13– “…I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, who is and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty…..”
Scripture Is Sufficient!
In 2 Corinthians 3:5 we are offered some very powerful words that cut to the chase—“…Our sufficiency is from God.” And in 2 Corinthians 9:8 we are told there are no limits on God’s abilities. It tells us God is able to make ALL grace abound ALWAYS so we will have ALL the sufficiency we need in ALL things! Our sufficiency is not from men or human wisdom or human resources; our sufficiency is from God! That translates into realizing that since the dawn of human existence, up to and including the present, man’s capabilities of living life richly, according to God’s will, to the maximum, is from our Creator. Our sorrows, disappointments, achievements and triumphs are determined by how we choose or do not choose to embrace God’s guidebook for us—the Holy Bible. Scripture lays out the pitfalls, the warnings, the mercies, the rewards, the forgiveness, the consequences and the punishments regarding how man elects to live his life. All we have to do is believe the power of God’s Word and know that it is unearthly, beyond our infantile understanding, eternally powerful and supernaturally trustworthy!
Those who are Christians live in an environment in which the resources for life are divine. Christians live at a level in which human wisdom does not feed and prosper and is unable to provide any resources. That, of course, doesn’t mean that there aren’t things outside of the Bible that have value—advances in medicine, technology, space travel and countless things in between have immense value, but when it comes to spiritual matters, everything we need to know is revealed in the Word of the Living God. Whatever ails man—whether disease, wars, cruelty, infidelity, defiant children, drug abuse, corrupt governments, hunger—the Bible can deal with all these things because it is divine and it is sufficient. Amazingly, God is able to provide the resources for all our needs.
Scripture Exposes and Convicts Man!
To say the words on the pages of the Bible are ‘just words’ would be a fallacy to the Nth degree. The Word of God is living; it is active; it’s powerful; and it’s sharper than any other weapon and will go deeper and cut cleaner and truer than any secular psychology or anything else that exists that attempts to reveal the deepest thoughts and intentions of the human heart. If we take a look at Hebrews 4:13, we see—”All things are open and laid bare.” God’s Word will do what secular psychoanalyses will never do. God’s Word opens the soul and penetrates and breaks up the heart. It reveals and exposes the inner-most part of the human soul. The wretchedness, there, is unveiled to be dealt with, not hidden.
When the Word of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, impacts a person and convicts him for the first time of his ongoing sin; that person changes. His or her heart of drugging or prostituting or drinking or swearing or stealing or cheating becomes shattered. Those lusts become crushed under the weight of the presence of God’s very Spirit. He transforms the heart of stone to a heart of flesh—and the former drug-dealer is now a lover of Christ and can’t wait to share God’s Truth to others; and those who knew him will drop their jaws in disbelief. He is, forever, changed. We see the change, from the old self to the new, in Ezekiel 36:26—”And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a heart of flesh.”
God can deal with any person you know—your father or mother, your brother or sister, your cousins, your friends, your enemies—it doesn’t matter who they are or what they’ve done or what they might continue to do; God can change them, forever.
Scripture Doesn’t Change!
Interestingly, God’s Holy Word has not changed throughout the course of human history and neither has mankind. We are still the same wickedly sinful people we have always been. We gossip, steal, cheat, wallow in hypocrisy, un-righteously judge others, curse God, blame God, dishonor God, create and follow idols, we love the power of money, we seek the enticement of power—you name it, we do it; and nothing about mankind has changed over the ages. Fortunately, we have a supremely loving God who, through His Son, willingly washes away our sins if we believe in Him and repent. This isn’t merely an outdated, ancient Biblical concept nor is it a contemporary, 21st Century myth—it’s a spiritual, Godly truth we can all bank on! “Give thanks to the God of gods, for His steadfast love endures forever…Give thanks to the God of gods, for His gracious love is everlasting…” Psalm 136:2
God Can Transform You!
So, why is the Bible adequate to address today’s issues? Because it’s from God and it’s all we need! It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done or how big of a wedge separates you from the Living God, at this very moment. You can find Him (He doesn’t need to find you) if you truly seek Him! He can crush and break any imprisoning chains that are wrapped around you and are holding you captive—chains that keep you lost and confused, addicted, bitter, unbelieving, depressed, self-loathing, unloving—anything that keeps you from becoming the Child of God He wants you to be! God is in the business of making miracles happen, and instead of continuing to fall into sin, you can fall into His arms and be forever changed!
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”