Do you find that the Bible is relevant to you, as a 21st century person? Perhaps you think that it’s a bunch of fairy tales. Or maybe you believe that what happened in the Bible did occur but it’s not relevant to your life today. Research says that to many youth who really read the Bible for what it is, have had a good change to their lives. Youth say that to those who truly read the Bible, they will find the relevance of it in their lives.
The Bible has answers to most questions asked by teens, you just have to know where to find them. For example, one girl asked, “Is it okay if I want to be thin?” Sure it’s okay, but it’s not okay to go crazy with exercise and starve yourself because them you can get distracted from stuff that matters most. God made us, “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). If God loves us the way He created us, then shouldn’t we accept ourselves if the Creator of the universe loves us the way we are? Being content with how you look relieves you from much stress and strain from trying to look like everyone else.
Believing that what the Bible says is true, makes you feel secure. Today, teens are really struggling with life, and many of them resolve problems by self-harming, many committing suicide. Statistics show that suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-24 years olds, and the sixth leading cause in 5-15 year olds. People choose to end their lives because they don’t think there is anything worth living for, life gets too hard for them. The only way we can get through this life is by Jesus Christ!
To be close to Jesus is also being close to God. The Bible says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) Reading the Bible gets you closer to God. Getting closer to Him means He gets closer to you, and therefore being with you and helping you through thick and thin, happy and sad. God helps and guides you through all times in your life, if you let Him.
As you can see, God is The Way for all. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, to everyone. For sure the Bible has God’s angry moments, and the moments when He destroys people, but the only reason for that is because of the complete disobedience and full rebellion to follow Him. The main message of the whole Bible is Jesus Christ. Jesus died so we can be reconciled with God and be forgiven. We can now come to Him with all our problems, temptations and hardship and He will help us through all. I cannot word my thankfulness to God for showing me His unfailing love, nor can I say how much a need Him – my relationship with Him. The truth is God’s wants you, but the question is, do you want Him?
By Amariah Corowa