Our world today seems far removed from the world of the Bible. What have we, with our nuclear weapons, space satellites, television, and mechanized way of life, in common with an age of chariots and horsemen, and herdsmen, nomads, and primitive tillers of the soil? Has not modern man with his modern civilization and his modern science reduced the Bible to a religious curiosity, virtually prehistoric and definitely prescientific, and therefore outmoded and irrelevant? To ask such questions is legitimate and even necessary; but all too frequently the issue is prejudged by the ignorance or antipathy of those who ask them. To criticize and condemn from a position of ignorance or hostility is not to give the Bible a chance.
The Bible, is indeed, an ancient book, or collection of books, written in times outwardly very different from our own. But this consideration is peripheral. What is central to a proper understanding of the Bible and its message is the recognition that inwardly, at the vital core of his being, man has not altered over the centuries. His deepest needs today are the same as they have ever been. And it is precisely to man as man that the message of the Bible is addressed—and modern man is still man. He cannot cease to be what he is by constitution. Whatever the circumstances of its writing, the Bible in its scope is not limited to times and places long past: it embraces the whole sweep of the history of humanity, in its most radical sense, from beginning to end, from creation to judgment. In its pages man is set in the light of eternity. Is that not revelant to us today?
The Bible proclaims the sovereignty of Almighty God over all the affairs of mankind, as Creator, Sustainer, Judge, and Redeemer. Is not that relevant? ...1
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