MORE ON THE BIBLE’S RELEVANCY TO HUMAN NEEDS
by Wayne S. Walker
In our previous article, we began discussing the Bible’s relevancy to human needs. We noted that the Bible provides reasonable answers to some of man’s most pressing questions–where did we come from, who are we, why are we here, and where are we going? Others have attempted to answer these questions in different ways, but the answers found in the Bible make the most sense. However, man needs more than just a few questions answered. The scriptures claim to equip us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In what other ways is the Bible relevant to human needs?
It provides a reasonable being for man to worship. "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve" (Matthew 4:10). Unlike the pagan gods represented by the ancient heathen idols who were characterized by the same faults and foibles that humans have, this God is perfectly holy and is thus worthy of our worship (Isaiah 6:1-7). Many of the world’s religions today offer only the hope of a transcendence with an impersonal universe, but this God is personal and offers us an intimate fellowship with Him as His sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). And while "gods" like Allah can be extremely harsh and cruel, calling for jihad against all unbelievers, Jehovah is a merciful God who cares for mankind and offers forgiveness to all who come to Him (Psalm 103:8-18).
The Bible also affords direction and comfort to man in this life. While there are obvious exceptions in which the deed does not always match the claim, generally men and women are better people when the follow the Bible, because they realize that godliness is profitable both in the life that now is and in the life that is to come (1 Timothy 4:6-9). The reason why this is so is that all of our inner desires and true wants are met by the scriptures, since they contain all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). Therefore, as we journey through the uncertainties of this life, we can look to the Bible as a revelation from our Maker to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our pathway (Psalm 109:105).
And the Bible gives man hope both in this world and in the world to come. The most basic problem that man faces is that of sin (Romans 3:23). Practically all of our other troubles and difficulties stem from the fact that sin is in the world. While God never promises an end to all problems, He does offer us through His word the remission of the dreaded guilt of sin (Acts 2:38). One of the results of sin in the world is physical death, and many live in constant fear of death. But Christ, who gave us the Bible, came to deliver us from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-18). And following death, we do not have to contemplate flying off into a great unknown, but by following God’s will as revealed in the Bible, we can have the expectation of an eternity to live in the presence of God and praise Him forever (Matthew 25:34-46).
Every society known to man has exhibited a desire to worship something. What being could be more worthy of our worship than the God of the Bible? The experience of history has shown that the way of man is not in himself and he cannot satisfactorily direct his own steps (Jeremiah 10:23). But the Bible offers a plan which has proven successful when people truly submit to it. And deep down, every person longs for something above and beyond this finite physical life. In the Bible is found the hope of eternal life in heaven with God. Only the Bible can provide for these needs. So the Bible is relevant to our lives, and it will provide us with all spiritual blessings if we will obey it. (—taken from With All Boldness; July, 1998; Vol. 8, No. 7; p. 21)