WHY THE BIBLE?                                        By Pastor Yau

Deuteronomy 11:18-20                                    September 7, 2003

 

INTRODUCTION:

       The display of the Ten Commandments stone tablet in the rotunda of the Alabama court house has become a controversy.  Those who supported the display, such as the Chief Justice Moore of Alabama Supreme Court, and those who opposed it, such as the Federal judge who ruled that it is unconstitutional to do so.  Justice Moore believes that the Ten Commandments, in particular and the Bible in general, is the foundation of the judicial system of law in Alabama. The display is therefore in line with the tradition. The other side argued that by displaying the Ten Commandments, the government is in violation of the Separation of the Church and the State.

       The controversy caused me to meditate on the reason WHY we need the Bible, be it to a state or to an individual, and WHERE the Bible should be, in government buildings or where else?

 

WHY THE BIBLE?

       Why is there the Bible? Why do we need a Bible for?  What does the Bible do to our lives? These and some other question came to my mind as I thought through the questions.  Amount other things, I found the following very important:

a)      The Bible points man to the way of salvation.

John 20:31,”But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

     No book or books in human history other than the Bible points to men the way to eternal life, the forgiveness of sin and the reconciliation to God.  All books are for knowledge or human experience, but the Bible is the divine revelation of God to men for his salvation. If there were no Bible, there will be no eternal life.

b)      The Bible teaches men to fear God and stay away from sin.

Psalm 119:11,”I have hidden thy word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” That is the confession of King David.  Many books written by men for the teaching of doing things, but the Bible, written by the Holy Spirit of God, is for the living of life, a life that is acceptable to God. The Word of God has the power to change the inner being of man, causing him to ask for forgiveness of sins. The Bible shades light in living righteous life, a life that brings glory and honor to God.

c)      The Bible provides instruction in correcting wrongs when men sin.

            “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:16-17)  For over 2,000 years, the Bible provides s standard for training men and women for God’s work.  Teachings of the Bible are never out of date or subject to cultural changes.

 

WHERE SHOULD THE BIBLE BE?

       “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” (Deut. 11:18-20)

 

1)      In our Hearts

            In these 3 verses of the scripture, we know that it is not so important to display the Bible in a public place as it is in the hearts of men, women and children.  It is the heart that receives the words of God and lives them out in our actions. 

       2) In our Children

           Equally important is to institute the words of God in the lives of our children. Teach them about God and His words so they shall grow up in godly principles than worldly values.  It is imperative for parents and grandparents, especially it is GRANDPARENTS DAY today, to training their children and grandchildren with the words of God in every generation so Christian heritage will continue to grow.

3)  In our daily life

     God also wants us to apply biblical principles in our daily life, work, and family.  It is our privilege as well as our duties to demonstrate godly principles in those areas of life so others may see the beauty of our faith.

 

CONCLUSION

       I am sure most of us Christians would like to see the Ten Commandments be displayed not just in the court house in Alabama, but everywhere people can see.  But we also know that physical display of the Bible seldom makes any difference in people’s lives. God gives us His Word not to be placed in a showcase, but to be hidden in our lives so we will follow His truth in seeking salvation and learning to live righteous lives.