The Bible still tells great truths

08/12/2013 4:00 PM

08/13/2013 7:43 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why do you preachers quote the Bible all the time? Don’t you know it’s out of date and utterly useless today? People thousands of years ago might have found it useful, but we live in a different time. — R.R.


If the Bible were truly out of date and useless today, then you’d be right — it would be foolish for us to turn to it for guidance and inspiration. But it’s not out of date — and I hope you'll come to understand why.

The reason the Bible is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago is because it tells us of truths that never change. It tells us, for example, about God — who he is, what he has done, and what he is like. God, it tells us, is all-knowing and all-powerful, and he made everything that exists — including us. He also is completely pure and loving. And God is just the same today as he was thousands of years ago — and as he will be thousands of years from now. The Bible says, “I the Lord do not change” (Malachi 3:6).

But the Bible also tells us about ourselves — who we are, where we came from, what we’re like, and what will happen to us when we die. It tells us also that we are separated from God because of our sins — but God came down to earth in the person of his son to bring us back to himself. This too never changes.

The greatest truth you will ever discover is that God loves you, and he wants you to be part of his family forever. And this can happen, as you commit yourself to Jesus Christ. By faith invite him into your life today, for “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).


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