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Does the Bible Have All the Answers?

Posted by Ryan on January 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Recently, I received an email from the priestess at a congregation my family attended while I was growing up. In her weekly email she made the point that the Bible does not, in fact, have all the answers.

She went on to say that since the writers of the Bible didn’t know about “artificial intelligence or AIDS or the Human Genome Project or socialism or Big Box Stores,” and so on it can’t provide all the answers.

That view of the Scripture is very popular today, particularly in the mainline denominations. Such a view of God’s word is tragic and, of course, man-centered and “sub-Christian.”

As Presbyterians, we heartily believe that the Bible indeed has all of the answers to life’s questions. Our Westminster Confession of Faith states that the Scripture contains “all things necessary for [God’s] own glory, man's salvation, faith and life” as either “expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture.”

When the authors of the Westminster Standards wrote those words they were making a bold stand against worldliness. They proclaimed that the Bible’s authority and teaching does not simply tell us how to “get saved,” but also how to live our daily life, as well as provides the answers to the “deep things” of life. As such, the Scripture is indispensible to a full life.

Now we are not saying that the Bible has an exhaustive index that includes a heading for every issue and topic known to man. Rather, principles of God’s Word speak to every issue and topic and instruct God’s people how to respond to and evaluate them.

Take for example, “Big Box Stores.” Doesn’t the Bible speak about materialism and the love of stuff? Jesus may not have told a parable featuring a clerk at Best Buy, but

God’s word speaks amply about the love of money, the accumulation of possessions, and concern for the poor and helpless (e.g. Chinese factory workers)?

Sometimes God’s word will give an explicit command regarding an issue (e.g. Murder, Adultery), but more often God’s word gives us principles that we must apply everyday to know how to live as His people.

It is by far much easier to simply assert that God’s word doesn’t have all the answers and then live as is fashionable than to read, study, and search God’s Word to direct your paths.

The Bible does indeed have the answers to the questions of life, but to learn the answers God gives in His word takes a lifetime of devotion and prayerful study of the Scripture.

It is worth the time and effort to know God’s Word, and it is far more rewarding than letting Bill O’Reilly and Rupert Murdoch tell you what to think!

Categories: bible, christian life, reformed


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