THE BIBLE’S RELEVANCY TO HUMAN NEEDS
by Wayne S. Walker
"And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him" (John 1:16-18). Man is a dual being–both physical and spiritual or moral. In the material world, there are things which satisfy every physical desire of man. But there are needs of man which all the physical and material things of earth cannot satisfy. Everywhere and at every time, mankind has exhibited a constant longing for something beyond the mere physical.
If the Bible is a special divine revelation from God to man, it would be reasonable to conclude that it will be relevant to the spiritual needs of man. Does the Bible provide for all of man’s spiritual needs? It certainly claims to do so. It claims to provide the fullness of grace and truth from God through Jesus Christ. If it lives up to its claim, this adds to the cumulative evidence that it is indeed from God. If the Bible does not meet these needs, then it fails and is not worth defending. The word "relevant" means "bearing upon or relating to the matter at hand; pertinent; fitting or suiting given requirements or needs; applicable." The purpose of this article is to begin a discussion of the Bible’s relevancy to human needs.
The Bible answers man’s most pressing questions. One of the first philosophical questions that we ask is, "Where did I come from?" From a physical standpoint, many people follow Alex Haley’s example and go searching for their "Roots" to find out where they came from. But in a deeper sense, mankind has always wondered how we came to be here upon this earth. The evolutionist affirms that beyond doubt he can prove that life on earth today is the result of blind chance causing a spark of life out of inorganic materials which then, guided by nothing but natural processes, evolved over millions of years to bring about man. The Bible offers a simpler and easier answer to believe. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7).
Another such question is, "Who am I?" Many people have dropped out of society, gone to live in communes, experimented with drugs, or given their bodies over to sexual immorality in an attempt to "find themselves." But the Bible explains who we are. "…For we are also His offspring" (Acts 17:28). Still another question is, "Why am I here?" Some people believe that our purpose is to make as much money, amass as many possessions, have as much pleasure, gain as much power, or seek as much fame as we can. Solomon tried all these things, found them empty, as so many others have too, and said, "Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man" (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
One final question is, "Where am I going?" People have tried to answer this question by going to fortune tellers, reading their horoscopes, or relying on other occultic means. The Bible tells us everything that we need to know. "…It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). We shall discuss this subject further in our next article. (—taken from With All Boldness; June, 1998; Vol. 8, No. 6; p. 25)