From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
People reading the Bible for the first time are often surprised to discover how much human drama it contains. Almost every conceivable human dilemma and conflict is reflected in its pages.
In setting down their forthright messages, inspired by the Spirit of Almighty God, Biblical scribes have never attempted to gloss over the realities of life. The sins of the great and small are freely admitted, the weaknesses of human nature are acknowledged, and life in Biblical times is recorded as it was lived.
The startling thing is that the lives and motivations of these people who lived so long ago have such a modern flavor. As we read, the pages seem like mirrors held up before our own minds and hearts, reflecting our own prides and prejudices, our own failures and humiliations, our own sins and sorrows.
Truth is timeless. Truth does not differ from one age to another, from one people to another, from one geographical location to another. People’s ideas may differ, customs may change, moral codes twisted, but the great all-providing Truth stands for time and eternity and it is designed to bring about holy living.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The Bible has a single, clear, bold message for every living being—the message of Christ and His offer of peace with God. It is God’s book of promises, and, unlike the books of men, it does not change or get out of date.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)