Any official tour of the Diefenbaker bunker would eventually snake its way around the many corridors which eventually leads you to the Bank of Canada vault. Before you lays a massive safe. In case you are wondering, I will tell you anyway if not, this fortress-like chamber is almost indestructible. Even the blast of an atomic bomb could not put it out of service. The Mosler safe, the same type that is in this underground bunker, can and has withstood an atomic nuclear blast. History tells us that when the atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, their prototypes located at the epicenter of the city had withstood the massive explosion. Not too surprisingly, afterwards interest in the safe rose significantly.
While some things appear indestructible, the nearly two dozen people inside the bank at the time were not. They all died instantly. While the Bible is a book with pages and a binding, its truths are permanent and able to safe keep all those who trust in its promises.
“All flesh is as grass, and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth: But the word of the Lord abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25).
Over the centuries, biblical antagonists had tried to destroy all vestiges of the authority of God and His Word and, if possible, wipe it from the face of the earth. Voltaire, the noted French infidel, who died in 1778, boldly predicted that within one hundred years the Bible and Christianity would be swept from existence into oblivion. But Voltaire’s efforts and his bold prophecy failed. The Bible lives on and its truths remain the same, and continue to be followed by millions of people. It is noteworthy that the very printing press upon which Voltaire had printed his propaganda, these same presses would be used to print copies of the Bible. As well after his death, his very house was the place that the Geneva Bible Society stored hundreds of their printed Bibles.
Another infidel, even far worse was Karl Marx. He left his wife destitute, almost homeless, spending her inheritance on himself, drinking and self-absorbed with his own wants, he often criticized the disparity between rich and poor people, while he spent lavish sums of money on himself. He hated capitalism and God. In fact, he made it clear that his object in life was to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.
The Bible survived all these assaults and more. The Bible is a premier best seller. Its truths live on in the hearts of men, who continue to read, believe and follow its writings and promises. Its author is God. He has entrusted His Holy Scriptures to men and empowered them to write it. We are told that the scriptures are breathed out by God Himself, the term we use in Christian circles is that the Bible is divinely inspired.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
The Bible meets all our spiritual needs It makes us wise unto salvation. We can live holy lives because of it. It shows us how we may please God. The Bible is sufficient in these matters because in it, is everything a Christian needs to know in order to be saved and to live a righteous life, through which we find purpose in life: the goal is to be made in conformity to the image of His Son. All our needs are met in Him through faith and obedience, the believer’s life is both productive and faith-driven. Yet, the world does not wish to know about God or His ways. Man seeks no more than to please himself; men are lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, partially quoted from 2 Timothy 3: 1 -5, a list giving eighteen vices in all, which characterizes the ungodly state of the nations. None could argue the immoral and idolatrous conditions we see in our day. Under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Paul’s assessment is quite accurate, yet just as true is that these same Scriptures holds the key to our sin problem. The Bible teaches that sinful man must see his error, that the way he has chosen is wrong, that man has gone off on his own and lost his way! God’s reproof is quite clear in this.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 16:25
The solution then is to change the direction man has taken. The way to God is the way of the cross. The cross is the corrective. It shows us our sins. Christ was nailed for those sins and the price He paid is something you or I could not pay for ourselves, so Christ did. Another verse in Proverbs points us to our need for cleansing.
“There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth.” Proverbs 30:12
That filth is our sins. To think we are ok and not in need of salvation only shows how self-deceived we have become. Now recall from the list from that we looked at earlier these words:
“…having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.” 2 Timothy 3:5
To stand corrected is to take God’s Word at full value. To think we are fine the way we are means that you only consider what you can see outwardly, our spiritual appearance from external acts and behavior. Meanwhile, we deny the power of the gospel by thinking this is all that is important. Just a bit of window dressing, to cover up the heart’s true condition. When we deny any need for spiritual change or cleansing within and do not admit to needing the life changing power of the gospel, we fail to recognize sin and its filthiness in our lives before a Holy God. And that being the case, we are still in our sins and in need of forgiveness. Christ is the only way out. Only He could wash us from our sins. He has accomplished this at Calvary for sinners. Trust Him for forgiveness and a change of direction. The Word of God is infallible and forever true.. You can be sure of God’s promises.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17