Inspired by Galatians 1:6-12
“For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:11-12 (NRSV)
Why should we follow the bible when it’s just an assortment of ancient texts written by a number of different people who lived in cultures very different from our own thousands of years ago?
It’s true that the most recent texts of the bible were written slightly less than two thousand years ago with other texts in the bible being much older, and it’s true that it was penned by many different authors. It’s also true that the cultural norms and societal expectations reflected in the bible bear little resemblance to the world we live in today.
But it’s also true that the bible as we have it today contains the gospel of Almighty God, and that is applicable to all times and places.
The need for grace, justice, mercy, and love was not unique to the ancient Hebrews, just as it was not unique to the Jews living under Roman rule, just as it is not unique to us. And God’s will for us to live according to those principles is not temporally or culturally conditioned. God’s grace has changed lives throughout history, and it continues to change lives today.
Many people of faith can talk about their experiences with God. Those experiences are not contained in a book; they are lived reality. The bible, despite its age and numerous authors, still points us to the one God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, and it is him that we follow.
Let us pray. God of the ages, you have walked with humanity throughout our entire history. Help us to understand your actions in the past, that we may better recognize your activity in our present. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.