An article in the Wall Street Journal once stated that the Good Book had hit upon bad times, clearly losing its influence on American life amid declining sales.
If the Bible has hit upon hard times, why is that?
It is not because of science. Some people feel that modern science has outmoded the Bible. This simply is not true. Dr. Victor Hess, Nobel Prize winner for his discovery of cosmic rays, said, “I must confess that in all my years of research in physics and geophysics, I have never found one instance in which scientific discovery was in conflict with religious faith.”
So is it because of so-called "errors, contradictions, or absurdities" in the Bible? The Bible has been assailed and attacked in every generation, and critics have not been able to produce a single error or discrepancy that cannot be reasonably explained.
Nor is it because the Bible teaches a worn-out ethic. Some people think that ethics and morals should change like the fashions. But not so. God’s moral principles are unchanging. They don’t become out of date.
If the Good Book has lost its appeal, it is due to people's sinfulness, rebellion, and preoccupation.
But before we push the panic button, we would do well to recall what God’s word says about itself in 1 Peter 1:24-25: “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”