Have you ever had a religious discussion with someone and they accuse you of being narrow-minded? Even in the world today, if you do not accept certain worldly things, you might be called narrow minded, unloving and judgmental. Unfortunately, even in some pulpits today ministers are being called narrow minded because they will not stray from biblical teaching. They will not change God’s Word to fit people’s current life situation. People say, “you need to be open to change with the times.” But is this how we should view God’s Word? Is it ok to be open to changing what God’s Word says or how we should adhere to it? Is the Bible too old for today’s society?
It has been said many times that, “Well, the times are changing and the Bible is just too outdated.” In Hebrews 13:8 it says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (NKJV). If you really think about it, human nature is the same now as when the sacred texts were written thousands of years ago. Recall the sins listed in Romans 1:18–32. Interesting enough, it been close to 2000 years and these same sins listed are still committed today. How many of us, when we need advice or guidance, turn to a parent, grandparent or mentor? We look for their wisdom and knowledge, the experience they had growing up. God’s Word is no different. The Bible may be old but its wisdom is ever so powerful and still very applicable today.
The argument that the Bible is too old, usually comes from those who want to live the way they want to live. Chances are they have never read or studied his Word or attended a worship service. Their opinion of God’s word is media driven, opinions from others or from other preconceived notions. Do people feel they don’t need God or His Word today? Yes, and that is exactly what Satan wants. Satan is using everything to destroy the work of God. He constantly works to create hesitation in the hearts of folks about the importance of the Bible. His goal is to never have you read His Word, to know it, and most importantly apply it to your life. How sad indeed to miss out on heaven because you took someone’s else opinions instead of opening your heart to Jesus Christ.
On the flipside of things, there are some folks out there that know his Word but condemn some of His teachings. I am reminded in Luke 6:46 (NKJV), “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? In the Bible, we cannot just pick and choose what we want to follow. Sadly, in this world, that is exactly what is happening. If we don’t like something the Bible says, we simply ignore it. I know of a lady that actually ripped a page out of her Bible so she could say that a certain command was not in “her” Bible. I guess she thought out of sight out of mind. I saw a quote once, the author is unknown, but it said, “If you believe what you like in the Bible and reject what you don’t like, it’s not the Bible you believe, but yourself.” Very powerful words. You can rip all the pages you want out of the Bible, but it does not change God’s Word. You will be held accountable for what is written. Every word that is written.
When you read the New Testament do you see any of the apostles or even Jesus himself, straying from what was written? Did they teach to have an open mind to accept whatever was happening in the world around them at that time? If Paul. Peter, James, John, and even Jesus Christ were narrow-minded, I am in great company. So, when I am accused of being narrow-minded, or told I am teaching from an outdated book, I know I am on the right path. I believe in the Bible and its guide for us today. In Mathew 7:13-14 (NKJV) it says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”. I want to be in the few that go through the narrow gate.