Don’t Let The World Rewrite Your Bible

All people today are under tremendous pressure to conform their worldview to prevailing opinion. It is not just Christians who feel the weight upon them to conform, but as Christians we have clear direction from the Word of God.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” -Romans 12:2

The world is like a giant machine that seeks to leave it’s impression on us- it presses it’s pattern upon us with intense pressure in order to mold us to it’s ideas and ideals. As Christians, we must resist. We should not allow ourselves to be conformed to the world because we know the world is living on borrowed time.

“For this world in its present form is passing away.” -1 Corinthians 7:31

Many Christians have given in to the tidal wave of change that has engulfed the times we’re living in. The bible seems very old fashioned and out of date now. It’s hated because it stands in the way of behavior the world finds acceptable. The Word of God dares to point out that we are sinners who are separated from God because of our sin.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” -Romans 3:23

But more than that, the bible goes so far as to mention specific sins and names them as such. The world on a charitable day will tell us that’s just pure nonsense! On a bad day, it will label believers in the Word of God as haters, bigots, and a thousand other derogatory names. The bible is, in fact, one of the only things that stands in the way of perfect freedom as far as the world is concerned. Why should we be laden down with a guilty conscience when sin is a relic of ancient religious superstition, the concept of which can be done away with? And so, the bible is the object of derision because it gives voice to those things the world would rather not hear.

Many Christians, feeling the weight of the world’s disapproval, have given in and come into conformity with the world. Many Christians are letting the world rewrite their bibles.

This we cannot do.

 

Does it matter what God thinks?

Day after day we’re faced with the world’s opinions about every subject under the sun. It’s impossible to live on this planet and not know where most of the world stands on an issue. Many people stop there and never go on to ask the question, “What does God think about this?”

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” -2 Timothy 3:16

The bible was given so that we can understand the heart, mind, and will of God. It may not be immediately apparent to some people, but what God thinks does matter. It is His world after all! We’re given the gift to live here for a time, but it doesn’t last forever. One day humanity will come face to face with God and it will not matter what the world thinks on that day. It’s called “The Great White Throne Judgment”:

“Then I saw a great white throne and the One who sat on it. The earth and the heavens fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. And there were open books, and one of them was the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their deeds, as recorded in the books.” -Revelation 20:12 

One day the entire world is going to come into conformity with God whether it likes it or not! That’s why we dare not let ourselves be conformed to the world, and why we cannot allow the world to rewrite our bibles.

 

Choosing time over eternity?

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” -1 John 2:17

One of the biggest mistakes that the world makes is choosing time over eternity. Does it make sense to choose what’s temporary over what lasts forever?

How easily we forget eternity!

Should I turn away from the living God in order to satisfy my temporary lust and desire? When the world’s value system tells me something’s okay, but the bible tells me it’s not, who should I believe? The whole world is standing for something God opposes. Who should I side with? My family and friends are unhappy with me for believing such and such. Do I give in and go along with them for the sake of peace?

While compromise may be the easiest road now it does not stand up to the test of eternity.

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” -Isaiah 40:8

 

Is the Church making itself irrelevant?

I’ve been a Christian for more than 30 years now. In that time I’ve seen the Church grasping for ways to be relevant. We adopt the world’s culture, language, music, and values. We offer iPads as door prizes to entice people to “come to church”. We’ll do almost anything to fit in and be “normal”. What we seem most reticent to do, however, is to be the called-out and set apart people God tells us to be.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” -1 Peter 2:9

Are Christians experiencing society’s disapproval because we refuse to come in line with a secular worldview? Would the world like us to change the Word of God in order that it may be more agreeable to their thinking? Without a doubt the world would love it if we just changed the bible to be more like they want it! This has forever been the tough spot Christians find themselves in- We have a mandate to speak God’s truth to a world that doesn’t want to hear it!

The Church is supposed to speak the language of eternity to a world trapped in time.

What does the world gain from us if we only give them what they already have? If we simply parrot the world what good have we done? God is eternal and speaks from an eternal perspective. The Church is supposed to be communicating God’s eternal truths, not the temporary ever changing ideas of the world! The Church has no relevance if it does not speak from an eternal perspective.

 

What will you do when the end comes?

“The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?” – Jeremiah 5:31

In the end, all that will matter is God’s will. He will have the last word on every subject; we cannot let the world rewrite what God has told us.

I can understand why people don’t like what the bible has to say. I didn’t like it either when I first started hearing it. I was living in opposition to it and didn’t want to change. The truth is, I’m still constantly confronted by what it has to say concerning many things about myself. I don’t like admitting that I fall so far short in so many ways, but that does not mean that I can rewrite the bible to make me feel better.