Tuesday, May 14, 2013
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8 KJV).
One frequent charge the lost world levels against Christians preaching and teaching the Holy Bible is, “That ‘old’ book has nothing to do with me!” Is this a valid objection?
This argument is based on the assumption that as things age, they lose their relevance (which is not always a valid supposition). For example, if “old” things are irrelevant to us, then why do we study history? Why do we construct and visit museums? Why do people still read Plato and Shakespeare, authors who lived two millennia and four centuries ago, respectively? We never hear the Bible-naysayers complain that these works are “too old” to consider. In fact, those centuries-old works of literature are still studied and held in high esteem by “scholars,” who reject the Bible for its “primitivism.” (What a faulty position!)
The Bible, although not designed to be a history textbook, is nevertheless a historically-accurate book: the world history in the Bible corroborates significant portions of what secular historians believe today. If the Bible is historically accurate, and there is no doubt in this author’s mind that it is, then why could it not also be accurate regarding “doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)?
What does the “old” Bible have to do with you? The Bible claims to be the story of the origin of man. Are you not interested in where you came from and what your ancestors did? Are you not curious as to why there are suffering, sickness, and death in this world? Are you not inquisitive about what the future holds for the universe? The Holy Bible tells you answers to these questions… and more! Without the history recorded in the Bible, you would not know from where you came, or where you are going!
Obviously, the “Bible is too old” defense is a smokescreen—age has nothing to do with it. The problem man has with the Bible is not its age, but rather its Author!