The Word of God Stands Forever
Over a decade ago, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) aired a NOVA program entitled “The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” which claims the Bible is not true. The producer of the program, Paula Apsell, said in an interview at the time the program was broadcast, “This program is designed for intelligent people who are willing to change their mind…it will give intelligent people who want to read the Bible in a modern way a chance. If we insist on reading the Bible literally, in 25 years nobody will read it any longer.” We’re close to the halfway point of his 25 year prediction, but there are still a vast number who understand the Bible, while written with various ways to emphasize its truths, is to be understood literally. The spirit of Voltaire, which is the spirit of sin, is still at work in the world.
Those who believe the Bible is meant to be understood literally are still impugned, however, as being ignorant, because “intelligent” people are willing to change their mind and “read the Bible in a modern way.” In other words, you’re intelligent if you agree with me, and not if you don’t. It reminds me of what Paul said almost two millennia ago; “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Cor. 1:21). The message of Scripture, especially of Christ and the cross, is disdained by those who have become wise in their own eyes, who think by their own intellectual abilities they know more than God. Yet all of the technical advances humanity has achieved pales into nothingness compared to the infinite wisdom of God. Paul also wrote, “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Cor. 1:25). God has rightly said, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:9).
Scripture still continues to be read, believed, and lived by. We have been born again, not of that which is perishable but imperishable, as Peter reminds us, by “the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23). He goes on to say, “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever” (1 Pet. 1:24-25). Like some in the first century, “Claiming to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:22). Like Voltaire, such statements serve as reminders of the power God has given to His living and abiding word (Heb. 4:12-13). Our lives must be aligned with the eternal and omniscient God. On the day of judgment, we should want to stand with the wisdom of God than the wisdom of humanity. “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil” (Prov. 3:7).