It’s surprising how much relevance to our modern-day lives can be found in the Bible, that’s because human nature never changes, history repeats itself and mankind constantly faces the same never-ending dilemmas.
King Solomon, considered one of the wisest men of all time, wrote in the Bible:
“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”
In modern time, philosopher George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This has been paraphrased and simplified to become the well-known saying: “History repeats itself.”
In the writings of the late Reverend Billy Graham, America’s foremost religious leader explained it this way: “People reading the Bible for the first time are often surprised to discover how much human drama it contains. Almost every conceivable human dilemma and conflict is reflected in its pages.”
“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:11
Many people reading the Bible expect that they are reading a book of philosophy and guidelines. But the Bible is so much more than that. One-third of the Bible is dedicated to prophecy, much of which has come true and can be historically verified, with others yet to come.
The Bible also contains actual, verifiable human history. It is within these historical accounts that we read about shocking things many people are not expecting to find.
Reverend Billy Graham wrote: “Biblical scribes have never attempted to gloss over the realities of life. The sins of the great and small are freely admitted, the weaknesses of human nature are acknowledged, and life in Biblical times is recorded as it was lived.”
The Bible describes and because of the wickedness of murder, evil plots, slaughter of the innocent, infidelity, homosexuality, cross-dressing, sodomy, thievery, deceit, child and animal sacrifice, prejudice, oppression, slavery, and practically every kind of practice that still goes on today.
In the human events recounted in the Bible, we learn much about human nature, failings and triumphs that we can still learn from. The methods may have changed, and the particulars may be slightly different, but the intent and mindset of human nature is the same. Humans today find themselves in similar situations. The essence of predicaments, feelings, temptations and desires are no different.
Time after time, human nature leads everyone into similar behaviors, circumstances, and dilemmas. This never changes. A lion always does lion things. A bee always acts like a bee. A human always behaves like a human. Our technology advances – our nature does not.
“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
– Proverbs 6:16-19
The things that lead people astray may come trust up in new packaging, but the same traps of greed, pride, selfishness, lust, deceit, envy, quest for power – are still what drive human behavior.
The motivations and reasons humans engage in wrongdoing and sinful behavior is timeless. Because of that fact, biblical instruction is also timeless.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
– Hebrews 13:8