In initially approaching the writing of this article, quite honestly, I’ve wondered why there is even a need to pose and answer this question at all. Isn’t it silly or even borderline blasphemous to ask this question?
As I’ve mused further, it’s dawned on me that, of course, not everyone thinks like I think and not everyone will read this article from the same perspective of faith as me or even the same worldview or history of faith as a believer.
So, let me start by simply saying straight away that the short answer to this question is yes! of course! But a longer answer to this question will explain why. Here are five reasons why the Bible is most certainly a valid source of information in our Google age, why it always has been and why it always will be:
1) The Bible is not Primarily a Human Creation
This is the most fundamental point to make about the Bible as we approach a reading or critique of it: though the Bible was written by 40 different people and made up of of 66 different books of varying personality and genre, the most fundamental truth of biblical Christian faith is that “All Scripture is God-breathed…” (See 2 Timothy 3:16-17). What this means is that the Bible is not primarily a human creation but rather a supernatural, divine letter though it was it was physically penned by human hands. This bedrock of Christian faith will be contested to the nth degree by some and will be ridiculed by others, but in approaching God in Jesus Christ, in appropriating His saving word as per Romans 10 verse 9, there is a prerequisite that we do so just like a little child. (Matthew 18:3). This doesn’t mean that we don’t ask probing questions or use our intellect to explore and debate (Google helps with this) but it does mean that if you want to “understand” or “work out” or reduce the Bible to “logic” you will never get there. Google is man-made and has limitations. The Bible is divine and has none.
2) The Bible is Subject to Nothing
Google is an amazing technological part of our lives because through it we’re able to search for information day and night, 24/7. From roof-tops, basements, aeroplanes, submarines, mountains and valleys, Google is often there. But Google is really only a searching depository of finite information and doesn’t always get it right. Sadly, fake news is a very real part of the society in which we live – when things are reported as true when they’re not – and it’s worth highlighting that Google is actually subject to this malignant, societal flaw as it arbitrarily throws up information that it is incapable of vetting. On the other hand, the Bible is perfectly flawless (See Psalm 18:30; Isaiah 55:11) and as such deals with every aspect of humanity without bias, without preference, without hearsay or rumour; the Bible is perfect in all of its ways and it deals with every aspect of humanity with utter perfection. Try and think of an aspect of humanity that it doesn’t deal with in some form.
3) The Bible Show us Jesus
The Great Subject of the Bible, from its inception to its soon-to-come conclusion, is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. If childlike faith is the most fundamental aspect of approaching the Book then the most ultimate revelation that it provides is of God the Son and God the Father and God the Holy Spirit – the perfection of the Trinity. Google may produce for us articles or films and even excerpts of the Bible but it can’t, of itself, show us the Messiah. There is no power in Google; there is living power in the Bible, a living word that will show you Jesus – throughout Genesis to Revelation – in a way that will change your heart and your mind, your affections and appetites. Google, on this point, is utterly redundant and surplus to requirements.
4) The Bible is Eternally Valid
The title of this blog article poses the issue of information that is valid and that which isn’t – information that is legitimate and real and information that, as we’ve said, is fake or outdated. The information in the Bible about cultures, peoples, histories, events, prophecies, buildings, agricultures, amongst others, is all accurate, highly-detailed and forever valid. Think about it, when you’re in heaven reading the Bible about past events on Earth, it will be no less true or valid than it is right now. The Bible is eternal, is stands firm and the finite Google will one day lose the plot completely. The Bible describes this wisdom of man, and our days on Earth generally, as being like the flowers of the field:- here today and gone tomorrow. (See Psalm 103:15; 1 Peter 1:24).
5) The Bible is Prophetically Correct and Alive
Google is bittersweet because of its limited ability to filter that which is fake from that which is true; conversely, the Bible is only absolute truth. In a day an age that is crippled and controlled by political correctness, Google holds no ability in any way to contribute prophetically to the world in which we live. Unlike the Bible, it is only a search engine that will only imperfectly produce imperfect results for imperfect people. On the other hand, The Bible prophetically neutralises the political nonsense of our world by cutting to the very heart of the issues that we live with, both past, present and future. The book of Hebrews describes the Bible as being sharper than any double-edged sword (the language of absolute truth) and as being alive and active. Google is an inanimate technology while the Bible literally lives and, as such, prophetically unveils (and forensically explains) realities beyond even sub-atomic particles: it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart – a reality that Google can’t even imagine.
Nick Franks is a freelance digital leader living in resplendent Edinburgh, Scotland. Learning to love as he should, Nick is engrossed in living a contagious lifestyle of worship and prayer. He sweats under his eyes when he eats too much cheese, adores Liverpool FC and has a strong preference for Earl Grey leaf tea. Nick is married to the beautiful Mairi. Consider contacting Nick at www.nicholasfranks.com for any of your media-related projects in photography, writing and film.
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