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The Bible is Unharmed…and The Message Too!

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 1.07.22 PMJesus once said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). And, until recently, I thought that it was common sense what Jesus meant: His teaching would endure forever. But, because of a recent car accident in Tennessee, it may be a good time to review.

The headline read: “Bible undamaged after SUV bursts into flames on Tennessee highway.” Naturally, this raised questions. And many Christians cried, “miracle.” But did God save the Bible? Or is there some scientific reason why everything burned up except for the Bible?

So, the easy answer is “yes, it makes sense.” A Bible, with leather on either side doesn’t have surface area that burns easily; when it is closed, no air can enter; and gilded pages act as insulation. As such, burning a closed Bible is a little more difficult than you might imagine.

But going beyond the initial, rational answer, is there anything more going on here? I won’t limit God. I won’t say that He can’t save a Bible in order to start a discussion about His Word. But, when looking at the comments at the end of the article, it is clear that Christians focused too much on the status of the Book, rather than the words in it.

And the hostility with which non-believers reacted reminds us that we need to stick to the facts. Tell the words of Jesus and the Scripture inspired by The Holy Spirit only. No need to embellish; no need to presume. Speak the facts from His Word, not from your imagination.

Because, the promise we have from Jesus is that His Word will endure. God’s Word will not return void. It will accomplish what it is meant to do. And even if all the Bibles in the world were burned, His Word would still be just as valid, just as enduring.

So, is it a nice story that the Bible didn’t burn? Yes! But let’s not make more of it than we should. And, oh, by the way, the driver wasn’t injured…thank, God!

 

 

Watch How You Teach!

Suicide BomberPay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:16

Suicide attacks are no laughing matter. And the loss of life is never humorous. But Iraqi citizens are sleeping a little better and enjoying a bit of irony because of an accident at a suicide bomber training camp in Northern Baghdad last week.

As reported by the New York Times, the accident happened at a terrorist training camp associated with an Al Qaeda splinter group known as “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.” Apparently, a bomb exploded when an instructor was demonstrating how to make and use belt explosives to would be suicide bombers. The instructor and all 21 students died in the accident.

Now, it would be easy to laugh at their misfortune, as in, “Pay attention, I’m only going to do this once!” But based on the daily bombings that take place in that part of the world, this is merely a short-lived respite for the residents of Iraq. Sadly, there will be many more suicide bombers and more deaths.

But it is a good reminder to all of us that what we teach and how we teach are extremely important! Teachers have a special responsibility. They are charged with the task of carefully imparting knowledge to their students. And each of us will be judged by what we taught in this life.

The Apostle Paul knew this fact very well. He stressed to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16, that we ought to handle the gospel with great care. If perverted into “another gospel,” false teaching can be more damaging to a soul than a terrorist’s bomb. That is why we take great care with God’s Word.

The differences, though, are obvious. Terrorists and suicide bombers bring death, but the gospel brings life. Terrorists work with explosives that kill, but the Christian works with God’s grace that brings mercy. Hear the good news of Christ and teach it carefully to others…their lives, and your own, depend on it!