News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 3, 2012

THE JOY LADY: Thousands of years have not changed the message of the Bible

Verna Davis
The Tribune-Star

---- — There are some things I don’t understand. Take football, for instance. Why is it called football when only the kicker can touch the ball with his feet? And why is it called a ball when it is not round like a ball should be? I don’t understand why there are so many guys on the football field desperately in need of rest and so many people in the stand desperately in need of exercise.

I don’t really understand cars, either. To my way of thinking, if I get in my car and turn the key and the car doesn’t spring to life, one of two things must be wrong: It’s out of gas or it’s broken. If it’s out of gas, I don’t understand why my husband didn’t fill up my tank. And if the lack of fuel is not the reason the car won’t start, then the car is broken and it is time to buy a new one. I can’t understand why my husband doesn’t understand that as well.

I’ve never understood why a brown cow that eats green grass can give white milk that makes yellow butter. Or why rice cakes that are supposed to be good for us taste like stale cardboard. I also don’t understand why we have a tendency to expect our children to act like adults yet we allow adults to act like children.

However, there are some things I do understand. For instance, I understand that when God guided the men who wrote the Bible, He made it understandable. No matter who reads the Bible, no matter when or where it is read, the meaning is the same: It is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” We can read in 2nd Timothy 3:16,17 that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Some say they don’t read the Bible because they don’t understand it. The language is too flowery. There are too many wars and kings and prophets and genealogies. Some say the Bible is not true, that the Bible is just a bunch of stories written by a bunch of people over a bunch of years that doesn’t have a bunch of anything to say to any bunch of people today.

But we need to understand what the Bible says in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

Translations and paraphrases and thousands of years have not changed the message or the meaning of the Bible. It is the Living Word of the Living God. That’s not too difficult to understand, is it?

Verna Davis, speaker and writer, maybe reached at