Question: "Is the Bible relevant for today?"
Answer: Hebrews 4:12 says: ďFor the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Ē While the Bible was written by more than 40 authors over a period of more than 1500 years, its accuracy and relevance for today remain unchanged. The Bible is the sole objective source of all the revelation God has given us about Himself and His plan for humanity.
The Bible contains a great deal of information about the natural world that has been confirmed by scientific observations and research. Some of these passages include Leviticus 17:11, Ecclesiastes 1:6-7, Job 36:27-29, Psalm 102:25-27 and Colossians 1:16-17. As the Bibleís story of Godís redemptive plan for humanity unfolds, many different characters are vividly described. In doing so, the Bible provides a great deal of information about human behavior and tendencies. Our own day-to-day experience shows us that this information is more accurate and descriptive of the human condition than any psychology textbook. Many historical facts recorded in the Bible have been confirmed by extra-biblical sources. Often, historical research shows a great deal of agreement between biblical accounts and extra-biblical accounts of the same events. In many cases, the Bible has been deemed to be more historically accurate.
However, the Bible is neither a history book, a psychology text, nor a scientific journal. The Bible is the description God gave us about who He is, and what His desires and plans for humanity are. The most significant component of this revelation is the story of our separation from God by sin, and Godís provision for restoration of fellowship through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross. Our need for redemption does not change. Neither does Godís desire to reconcile us to Himself.
Bible contains a great deal of accurate and relevant information. The Bibleís most important message Ė redemption - is universally and perpetually applicable to humanity. Godís Word will never be outdated, superseded, or improved upon. Cultures change, laws change, generations come and go Ė but the Word of God is as relevant today as it was when it was first written. Not all of Scripture necessarily applies explicitly to us today, but all Scriptures contain truth that we can, and should, apply to our lives today.