Is the Bible Still Relevant?

The Bible, the Word of God, some question its historical accuracy, others question its fallibility. Many question the need to live in accordance with it while others choose to live in spite of it. In the midst of all the questions, a great many have chosen to follow the Bible and adhere to its precepts. Its influence has endured over time, defying the barriers of language and overcoming the boundaries of culture and tradition. Some have died to preserve it, some enjoy freedom because of it, but the question for today is, is it still relevant?

To answer that, we have to first define just what we mean when we say relevant. Second, we need to define what the Bible really is. Relevant is defined as being appropriate for the current time, period, or circumstances. So, when we ask about the relevance of the Bible, we are asking whether or not it is appropriate for our current time and in our current circumstances. There are several aspects to the definition of the Bible. First, it is a written account of God’s plan for the redemption of fallen man. Every part of the Bible, every book written, every story told, and every person mentioned points toward a singular focal point, Jesus, the Lamb of God, slain to take away the sins of the world.

Second, the Bible is a manual for living a Godly life. Interwoven in the narrative of Jesus are principles and precepts that the children of God (the Nation of Israel in the Old Testament and Christians, beginning in the Book of Acts, in the New Testament) are to live by. These principles and precepts are given for two primary reasons: to teach God’s children how to relate to their heavenly Father and to provide God’s children a plan for living a life that brings glory to Him.

Finally, the Bible is one of the ways in which God has chosen to reveal Himself to man. God reveals Himself in two primary ways, general revelation and special revelation. General revelation is God revealing Himself to all mankind. The primary example of general revelation is all of Creation.



Psalm 19:1 says, “the heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands,”(NIV).



God also reveals Himself through special revelation. Special revelation is God revealing Himself to specific people or groups of people. The best example of this is the Bible. This is summed up eloquently in one passage of Scripture, Hebrews 1:1-2. “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son…”

So the Bible is God revealing Himself and His plan of redemption to man. In addition, it is man’s manual for living a Godly life. Is the Bible appropriate for our current time and circumstances? The short answer is a resounding yes! The longer answer is that fallen man is in need of redemption just as much today as he was 2000 years ago. As long as sin exists, the need for redemption will exist. When we question the relevance of the Bible, we are really questioning its authority, not its appropriateness. When we say, “Is the Bible relevant,” we are really saying, “Does the Bible have the right to tell me that I can’t live the way that I want to live or do the things I want to do?” The relevance or validity of the Bible has not changed, culture has changed; people have changed. In the postmodern society that we currently reside, absolute truth is an affront to what people hold most dear, the right to decide what is right.

I think the word relevance is a smokescreen, a way to hide what is really being questioned. Its easy to point to the parables and examples used in Scripture as proof of irrelevance because they were written by men who lived in a society that was much different than ours. The truth of the matter is that the nature of man has not changed, just the methods used to satisfy man’s nature. Saying that the Bible is not relevant is more palatable than saying that it has no authority because relevance, at its root, is a question of personal opinion (and who are you to tell me what to think), while authority is a question of fact, and that which we hold as fact cannot simply be questioned to be changed, it must be disproved.

So my question for you today is not do you think the Bible is still relevant, but does the Bible have authority in you life and in the lives of others? If your answer is yes, are you living proof of its authority? Think about it and let me know your thoughts. You can leave a comment here, email me at, or talk to me on Facebook:

In Him,

J Nathaniel

Winning the War Within

When I think about difficulties in life, I often think of the struggles I face from external factors. A few come to mind right away: financial issues, work problems, family drama, and health concerns. While it is true that we face external difficulties, one thing I have found in my own life is that the most difficult battle I face is the one within, the battle to do what’s right in my own heart. I know right from wrong and I know what the Word of God says about sin and its consequences, but I still find myself stuck in an internal conflict, more often than I’d like to admit. It is one thing to know what’s right but it’s a different thing to do what is right. We all have areas of weakness in our lives, areas where we need to rely on God’s grace and strength above our own. I have come to realize that I need to rely on God’s grace and strength in every area of my life, not just the so-called weak areas.

James 1:13-14 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire (ESV).” James, the Apostle, is talking about the war within. He provides us a little insight about the battles we face. First, he tells us that God is not the source of our temptation. Second, he tells us that we are the source of our own temptation. It is my own sin nature battling within me that causes the conflict. Third, he tells us that, in many cases, we can’t blame the devil. Now, he doesn’t directly say that, but he does say it by omission. It would have been fairly easy for James to point the finger at Satan if Satan was the primary source of our problem. The sad truth is that most of us do Satan’s work for him.

The good news is that Jesus gives us the answer to why we battle within and how to win the battle. In Matthew 26:41, Jesus says, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (NKJV).” We have this eternal battle because our spirit has been made alive by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and our new, made-alive spirit is at war with our old sin nature (often referred to as “the flesh” in Scripture). So, that is the “why” behind the battle…now, let’s talk about how we can win these battles. I am going to give you 8 points that have helped me win the war within and I believe they will help you as well.

  1. Know your weakness. Understand the areas that you are most often tempted in and use God’s word to learn how to respond to them. Find Scriptures that strengthen you and use the Word as your weapon. (Hebrews 4:12)
  2. Make informed decision. An informed decision is one that not only looks at now but also looks at tomorrow. It is one that includes the consequences and not just the impulse of the moment. (Romans 6:23)
  3. Don’t allow your temptation to fester. When something tempts us, it is rare that the temptation starts at the exact moment we complete the act. It usually starts in our heart and mind long before we actually do it. As soon as the thoughts start to emerge, start speaking the Word. Allowing the thoughts to remain is what usually leads to sin. (Matthew 26:41)
  4. Call for help. Don’t be afraid to tell God that you are struggling and need His help. The truth of the matter is that He knows you are struggling, so he will not be shocked by what’s going on in your heart, but He will also not force Himself on you. You have to invite Him in to your situation. Never let the devil convince you that your situation is too “dirty” for God to get involved. Never let shame keep you from salvation. (Philippians 4:6)
  5. Use temptation as a training opportunity and a chance to put the devil in his place. When you initially feel tempted, resisting it shows God, and you, how much you have grown, and it shows the devil that he no longer has that stronghold in your life… but understand that this is only accomplished by submitting to God (giving the situation to Him) and using the Word of God as your weapon to defeat temptation. (James 4:7)
  6. Don’t make it easy. Don’t paint a bulls-eye on your chest. If you struggle with alcohol, don’t go to the bar. If you struggle with sex related things, don’t watch things or go to places that will fill your head with those thoughts. You don’t have to “face your fear or temptation” to prove something to God. Some temptations are unavoidable, but we need to make sure we control the ones we can control. (Matthew 26:41)
  7. Be Accountable. Even Jesus was tempted (yet without sin), so understand that it happens to everyone. As believers, it is important that we hold ourselves, and one another, accountable. If you see your brother or sister caught up in sin, hold them accountable and pray that they do the same for you. (Romans 14:1-15)
  8. Think on these things. (Philippians 4:8-9)Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.       Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

I’ve given you 8 points to help you win the war within. I know the list is not all encompassing, but it is a good place to start. I pray that God will use this blog to help you the way he has used it to help me. I will admit, I still get tempted and I still give in sometimes, but I understand God’s plan and purpose enough to know that He still loves me, forgives me, and wants to fulfill His purpose in my life. Never allow guilt and shame to keep you from God’s best. We all make mistakes. Romans 3:23 says that we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but the good news is that we serve a redeeming God. God wants to fight the war within with you; you don’t have to fight it alone. All you have to do is invite Him in. God loves you and He wants you to have a life full of righteousness, peace, and joy. He sent His Son to die for you and for me so we can have life in Him and have victory in the battles. Live victoriously in Jesus!


In Him,

J. Nathaniel Blizzard