“Is the Bible an outdated book?” is a question that Christians quickly answer, “Of course not. Nothing could be farther from the truth.” However, many in today’s culture would not agree.
They would remind us that the writers of the Bible never rode on an elevator, a roller coaster, or an airplane. They never sat in a Los Angeles traffic jam. They never watched a movie, or invested in the stock market. Therefore, they reason, how could the Bible which was written thousands of years ago, be relevant for modern man?
How could someone who had never even ridden a bicycle understand embryonic research? How could he understand the current implications of euthanasia, and abortion?
If those who question the relevancy of the Word of God are correct, then does God offer any relevancy for their lives? If they are correct, should the moral expectations of born-again Christians have any bearing on the decisions non-Christians make in their endeavor to shape the moral fabric of our country?
Christians say the Bible is relevant. If this is true, then how is it relevant? What makes it different from Homer’s Greek epic the Odyssey, or Virgil’s pastoral Eclogues, the Georgics, and Aeneid.
These questions and others will be considered in our lesson as we look at a news item about Rob Bell, the former pastor of Mars Hill church, who, when interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, stated that “the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense.” In our lesson we will search the Bible to determine if it really is relevant in our modern culture.
Lesson Objective: By the end of the lesson the student should be prepared to give a reasonable answer to those who honestly are interested in whether the Bible is relevant for their lives.