Reflections on the Word

The Bible has not been outdated

Gene Holman

Gene Holman Special to The R-C

 

The Bible is more relevant in this modern world than most of us realize. Those who think otherwise probably have erroneously considered the Bible too insignificant to read or take seriously. A good example of the relevance of Scripture is that it predicts the gradual, progressive, and universal decline of human civility and morality in the world.

In spite of all the rhetoric about social injustice, wokeness, and a host of ambiguous new terms, it is undeniable that there has never been a time in history when civility and morality have sunk to such low standards.

Recent events have revealed a level of moral degeneracy in our own nation that was unthinkable a hundred years ago. Yet those who frequently travel tell us that America is still the most moral nation on the face of the earth. If this be so, we all have reason for greater concern for the future our nation and for the human race.

The Apostle John warns in 1 John 2:15-17: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

That the present world is passing away and a future kingdom on earth was the very foundation of the Gospel “good news” Jesus preached. In no uncertain terms He taught that His future kingdom will, in fact be, a physical, visible, and eternal kingdom established in our world. At this coming event God will establish the reign of Jesus Christ the Messiah, over all the nations of the world as the Eternal King and remove from human society the Evil One and his influence as well as corrupt leaders and evil and deceitful men who are at the root of all human misery. This is the great message of the gospel and hope of all who yearn for truth, righteousness, and peace in a world staggering under the heavy burden of fears, tears, and grief.

That is why Jesus included this important line when teaching His disciples how to pray in St. Matt.6:9-13. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” God wants the whole creation to look forward with hope for an exciting and happier future with the fulfillment of Gods promise of a perfect kingdom on earth. Not, to be worried and fretful of the unknown and uncertain future. God is in control.

Those who love life would be wise to prepare for Christs’ future kingdom. Preparation begins by believing the message of the Gospel that Jesus died on the cross to pardon each of us from our sins and that He rose from the dead to confirm the certainty of ultimate justice and immortality.

Pastor Gene Holman of Living Word Fellowship in Gardnerville is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association


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