In this modern world, is this old, old book worth reading?
Idon’t think our parents ever really saw our generation coming. They grew up in a world where people stretched a dollar as far as they could, and when something ripped, they put a patch on it and kept going. Most of their parents or grandparents remember living through the Great Depression, where just having anything, no matter how old, was a big deal.
Essential guidelines of eternal value
What the Bible offers is a guidebook to interactions — with people, with things, with life in general. Rather than leave you to figure out the spiritual equivalent of walking off a cliff on your own, the Word of God lays out all the principles you’ll ever need to make the important decisions in your life. In its pages, you’ll find a thorough examination of what makes for a good idea and what makes for a terrible one.
The Bible deals with questions like:
– What do you do when you’re faced with an interpersonal conflict? (See Matthew 5:23-24; 18:15-17.)
– How should you treat the most important relationships in your life? (See Ephesians 5:22-33; 6:1-4.)
– How can you put your foot down on an issue and still show compassion? (See Luke 17:3; Proverbs 10:12.)
It also deals with character traits worth developing (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 2 Peter 1:5-8), habits worth avoiding (Proverbs 6:9-19), friends worth having (Proverbs 27:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) and maybe a thousand other things essential to getting the most out of this life — and the next. Study its words for a lifetime, and you won’t stop uncovering wisdom until your final breath.
Sure, it’s old. But old doesn’t automatically mean obsolete, contrary to everything our culture would have us believe. Friction is old, too, but you don’t see it being replaced by anything. (Which is great, because I’m not big on perpetual motion as a way of life.)
So, is the Bible still relevant after all these years? Well, here’s the thing: It is, and we could tell you all about why until the cows come home. But you’re not going to really believe us until you prove it to yourself, which you can do one of two ways. You can follow the Bible’s words and reap the benefits, or you can ignore them and let the things you refuse to see break you to pieces.
Either way, you’ll find the answer.