Whether one is a believer or not, the moral framework offered in the teachings of the Bible are inherently applicable to our daily lives.
These and other such commandments make sense for our society, and our civilization is based upon their tenants. Beyond these though we find truth in how we are to deal with our fellow man, loving them as we love ourselves. Is it not right to do so even if one doesn’t claim to believe in God? I, myself, was a latecomer to the faith, but even I knew in the midst of my -at times fervent – irreligiosity that there was a certain truth which revealed itself in the unquiet conscience. There is a power and an authority within the words of Scripture that transcends whatever faith – or lack thereof – one may possess.
Consider in that regard the words of Mahatma Gandhi, the famous Indian activist. A Hindu by faith, he said of the Bible, “You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilization to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”
This man could see for himself the power it contained, at the same time addressing how little most believers actually know about their precious Word!
For those who do believe, the Bible offers yet more insights. Huge quantities of the Scriptures focus on prophecy, both that which has already come to pass and that which remains ahead. The greatest of all the old prophecies was the assurance of a coming Savior, by whom all things would see ultimate completion. That Savior was revealed with the person of Jesus Christ. Prophecy tantalizingly continues with the assurance of His imminent return.
You see, the Bible is so much more than a simple book. As H. H. Halley wrote, “We believe the Bible to be, not man’s account of his efforts to find God, but rather an account of God’s effort to reveal Himself to man…”¹ It’s a glimpse into the past, a guide for the present, and a promise for the future. It is, as Christians should see it, the living Word of God.
All things considered, the true history of this amazing collection of works we know today as the Bible, is fascinating, intricate, and trustworthy, and in many ways just as important as the very message it contains. I pray that, as you come to understand the long journey our Scriptures took to reach us here today, and by knowing the trouble that came with the course, the opposition they faced, and the hurdles they overcame, that you may have a greater appreciation for for them. It’s path demands attention for in it we find a clear indication of divine providence. More than just the writings of men, the Scriptures are certainly the inspired Word of God, and it possesses a history far richer than many understand…
- Halley’s Bible Handbook,” Halley, Henry H., Zondervan, Grand Rapid, Michigan, 1st Edition 1924, 16th Edition 1974, ‘The Bible is God’s Word,’ pg 22
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