Bible Relevance

People from thousands of years ago, thousands of miles away, wrote down what their God spoke to them. What does that have to do with us, here and now? Is the Bible still relevant?

Day One: Relevance for Today
While the Bible was completed approximately 1900 years ago, 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...
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Day Two: Applying the Bible
Applying the Bible is the duty of all Christians. If we don't apply it, the Bible becomes nothing more to us than a dry, tedious tome, an impractical collection of old manuscripts...
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Day Three: Which Parts to Apply
Much misunderstanding about the Christian life occurs because we either assign commands and exhortations we should be following as "era-specific" commands that only applied to the original audience, or we take commands and exhortations that are specific to a particular audience and make them timeless truths. How do we go about discerning the difference?...
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Day Four: Which Promises to Apply
There are literally hundreds of God's promises in the Bible. How can we know which promises apply to us, which promises we can claim? To frame this question another way, how can one tell the difference between general promises and specific promises?...
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Day Five: Other Sources
...Other books that encourage holy living can be helpful in our walk with Christ. Commentaries, Bible studies, devotional literature—there are many writings that can deepen our understanding of Scripture...
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Day Six: Influence
In Western nations, America especially, we can see the Bible's influence on many aspects of society. Everything from our laws to our work ethic to our view of marriage has been molded by a Judeo-Christian worldview...
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Day Seven: Mind Control
Some people accuse Christians of using the Bible as a mind-control tool. The only way to build a church and retain members, they say, is to use brainwashing tactics to coerce people into lifestyle and attitudinal changes. The accusation is groundless...
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Day Eight: Confusion
God gave us the Bible to teach us about Him and His ways, and since God is not a God of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), any and all confusion must come from the destructive forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil...
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Day Nine: Understanding the Bible
Everyone, to varying degrees, struggles in trying to understand the Bible. Even after nearly 2,000 years of church history, there are some Bible verses and passages that leave even the most brilliant of Bible scholars speculating as to the exact and correct meaning...
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Day Ten: Illumination
Simply put, illumination in the spiritual sense is "turning on the light" of understanding in some area. Throughout the ages, people in every culture and religion have claimed some kind of revelation or enlightenment from God...
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Day Eleven: Why we should Read the Bible
We should read and study the Bible because it is God's Word to us. The Bible is literally "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, it is God's very words to us...
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Day Twelve: Starting Line
For starters, it is important to realize that the Bible is not an ordinary book that reads smoothly from cover to cover. It is actually a library, or collection, of books written by different authors in several languages over 1500 years...
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Image Credit
Photo: indiamos; "Neglected Library"; Creative Commons
Source: Palmer Cox; "Squibs of California, or, Every-day life illustrated"; 1874; Public Domain

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Published 11-4-15