Why do we place such an emphasis on the Bible? You have probably noticed that each article begins with a verse from the Bible, followed by an explanation. Why do we do this?
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus gave the story of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus. The rich man lived a life of pleasure and ease whereas Lazarus lived in misery. In time both died. The rich man went to “Hades,” a place of torment. Lazarus went to “Abraham’s bosom,” a place of peace, free from the pain of his former life. The rich man begged for relief form his torments. He pleaded that Lazarus might be sent “that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue for I am tormented in this flame.” But Lazarus could give no relief. There was no crossing the gulf that lay between them. Concerned now for his family he asked that Lazarus might be sent back from the dead to warn his brothers. “‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him [Lazarus] to my father’s house, for I have five brothers that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’” To this Abraham replied, “if they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’” A miracle will not work!
When Abraham referred to “Moses and the prophets,” he was speaking of the things written by them in the Bible. Jesus gave this story to show that no miracle, no matter how great, would bring about a change in the heart when the Word of God is rejected. God is speaking today through the Bible and ONLY through the Bible. It is His desire that you hear what
He has to say. It is “good news” (the gospel) to whose heart is open to Him. Will you open your heart to hear Him?