The Bible and Current Events: The lamp still burns
by Clyne W. Buxton
Dec 27, 2013 | 731 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bible is the most printed, most read, most loved, most debated, and most influential book of all time. It has been described as “the greatest story ever told.”

Nonetheless, the Bible is under attack. As simple men make pseudo-learned derogatory statements about the Book of Ages, they will do no injury to the Book, for it will stand after its critics have become dust.

The danger lies in the effect these “informed” men will have on other people.

For example, a layman said: “I was amazed to hear educated, ordained men explain away the riches of the Old Testament as a collection of myths, untruths and half truths.

“Jehovah, the great God of Israel, was stripped of His miraculous power and his prophets were likened to the weather forecaster who is more often wrong than right.”

One of these ultraliberals described a person who accepts the Bible to be the inspired Word as a “Bible worshipper.” While some speak disparagingly of the old Book, millions of us will faithfully accept it and continually promulgate its truths.

Like Job, we value God’s words more than our necessary food; like the Psalmist, we let His Word be a light to our path; like Paul, we accept all Scripture as the inspired Word of God. Like Peter, we believe that holy men wrote the truths of the Bible as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Comedians regularly poke fun at the belief in heaven, hell, and prayer. The public school and many homes exert little effort to train the child in spiritual matters.

However, the Bible says about its truths: “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).

So we will teach the morals of the Bible to our children and youth. We will inform them of the sin of cheating; we will enlighten them of the punishment of lying; we will warn them of the sin of misused sex.

We must tell them that “Thou shalt not steal” is applicable when they are tempted to secure information from a classmate’s paper or a secretly circulated sheet.

A high schooler said: “One of the most disgraceful things I know is that so much cheating goes on in our schools. In my school, which is quite large, you can see it practically every time you turn your head.

“I’ve known some who spent hours making a cheat sheet when they could have learned the material in the same amount of time.” We must teach that cheating is sinful.

The Bible is the guide for both young and old. The Psalmist asks, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” And he answers, “by taking heed thereto according to thy Word” (Psalm 119:9).

The Word of God is a living Word. Psalm 119 says the Bible cleanses, strengthens, delights, teaches, saves, comforts, directs and gives understanding. What a resource! What a Book!