"Ancient Words, ever trueRecently we had a discussion in our house about the validity of the Bible and how the words written so long ago are still relevant today. Our children wanted to know how we can be sure the words in the Bible are still relevant because they were written so long ago. One of the children asked if there were situations happening today that were not covered in the Bible?
Changing me and changing you
We have come with open hearts
O let the ancient words impart."
~ Lynn DeShazo~
Within the last few months I heard a message in Church that was really one of those "ah ha!" moments for me. The pastor was talking about how our citizenship is in heaven and not here on earth. He gave an example like this: As citizen's of the United States we have certain laws and customs that we are used to. If an American woman suddenly moved to a Country in the Middle East where she had to have her face covered when going out in public, her husband had total control over her, she had no personal rights, could not vote and her daughters were not allowed to go to school, she may have a problem with this. She would probably not be comfortable living in that country and giving up her citizenship in the United States. This is how God wants us to feel about heaven. Our true citizenship is with him and the laws we should be following and obeying are set forth in his word which he gave us a very long time ago. God does not change. His laws and truths do not change. They are forever.
Many times I have heard Christians say things like "Times change and the Bible needs to adapt." or "This situation isn't really covered in the Bible". Everything is covered in the Bible. When you study the Bible you realize that Biblical times are not so different from the times we live in now. Just because we live in a society that now says it is OK to have a baby when you are not married. God does not. Just because we live in a society that says it is OK to live with someone before marriage, God does not. As Christians we need to remember that our citizenship is in heaven, not here on Earth. Satan rules the earth, where we come from God rules.
The grass withers and the flowers fall off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. I Peter 1:24
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. Hebrews 6:17,18
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