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Is the Bible for Everyone?

Me too!

It is often suggested that the Bible is not able to be understood by unsaved people as they are spiritually blind to its truths. While this has some truth to it, much of the Bible was written for the unsaved to understand. The 10 commandments are a small example of this. Also, many prophecies that were directed at godless nations, kings and people are found in God’s word. But, perhaps the most significant examples that were clearly written with the unsaved in mind are the 4 accounts of Jesus’ life.

In the Gospel of John, we can see that it was not only written for the church, but also to unsaved people for the purpose of their salvation. In John 20:31 it says, “these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” So, you see, parts of God’s word are particularly useful for opening peoples’ spiritual eyes.

A large portion of God’s written revelation cannot be missed by the unsaved, nor does God intend for them to miss it. As I see it, the Bible is designed so that all people can cognitively understand all of it, regardless of their spiritual condition. However, spiritual blindness prevents spiritual understanding, belief and people taking to heart God’s truth. Yet, that very same word can be a tool in God’s hands to give spiritual sight and understanding.

We are all accountable to what has been revealed to us. However, because we have essentially rejected God and are consequently spiritually blind and reprobate, we reject the things that reveal Him. For example, although creation shows that there is a God, we reject this idea. Similarly, God’s Word proves natural man’s blindness, because though we think we can see, we are shown to be blind by rejecting it. People’s response to the word, let alone to creation, shows their spiritual condition. As a result, God, who is already justified in judging us in our rejection of creation, has even more reason to judge us. However, the intention of His word is to bring salvation to man. He is able to use the very word we reject as absurd, and use it to switch our lights on.

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” 1Co 1:18 -21

So, whether for judgment, salvation or any other purpose, God says, “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”. Isa 55:11

God’s ultimate intention is for man’s salvation. Sin and spiritual blindness is a condition we are all born into and that God wants to remedy with His grace and mercy found in Jesus! As Christians we may lose our spiritual clarity along the way too, and if so, we too need to go to Jesus, who is ever merciful and our source of Light and Life.

Let’s share God’s Word with everyone!

Rob Morley

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Part 2 of 3 (go here for part 1)

Government has laws so that the people it serves can happily co-exist. Now, imagine God became one of our citizens. What would He want government to legislate? Do we think that He thinks differently now to when He gave laws to His people Israel? Sure, the covenant He made with them is over, but the wisdom, truth and principles of love and justice found in God’s word still reflect His nature, as do the related blessings and curses and the sacrificial system. God has not gone soft on the law! Jesus on the cross is God’s attitude about the law and sin, and His dying didn’t change God’s attitude to these either.  What we see demonstrated is both His love for us when Jesus took our punishment, and His justice satisfied.

Some may feel that we are expecting too much from people who are spiritually blind to walk in the light of God’s laws. However, rather than spiritual blindness, it’s the flesh, our selfishness, and seared consciences that keep us from doing what is right. Spiritual blindness is the inability to see that it’s our disconnection to a loving God that prevents us from doing what is right, and to find meaning in life. That doesn’t excuse us from the laws of God. We shouldn’t have less or a “softer” set of laws for unbelievers because they are spiritually blind. In fact God’s word says that the law exists for the unrighteous not the righteous. You see, besides, that they show God’s wisdom, love and guidance, God’s laws exist for unbelievers to see their shortcoming and lead them to Christ.

Also, we shouldn’t have less law to tolerate mans weakness, because without changed hearts, this would create anarchy to God’s laws. Rather, we should have all the laws that God would, so that men, women and children can learn of God’s ways and they can at least be outwardly protected from man’s sinful nature that needs to be kept in check. Governments should simply reflect God’s laws. On the one hand these are quite detailed, while on the other they can be summed up in showing love. Those without God’s love in them need to be governed by the detail, while those with God’s love rejoice in the love shown in the detail.

Rob Morley

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