Living By Biblical Principles
All too often, we take the way of convenience, or the way of expedience or the way of society, but not the way of Jesus. We make excuses or question the relevance of the Bible for solving today’s problems. The Bible remains relevant for the following reasons:
- God is eternal, His requirements are eternal and His Word is eternal
- The Bible presents valuable principles from living
Sometimes, we look for specific answers in the Bible – some of which are affected by culture and customs – and completely ignore the underlying principles.
Let’s take a relatively easy example, such as clothing.
If we look to the Bible for answers about how to dress, and only search for specific do’s and don’ts, we might end up with the view that only robes are acceptable garments. Or, perhaps, fig leaves. Or, maybe even goatskins.
If, however, we recognize the underlying principles involving modesty and utility and glory to God, we will find a very useful course of direction. The principles of the Bible transcend time, because God transcends time.
Over many years, I’ve seen epic battles fought over the wearing of pants by women, for instance, while the more vital principle of modesty has been entirely overlooked. I am neither for nor against pants, nor am I trying to establish or break any customs, but let me assure you that I have seen far more immodest dresses worn by woman in churches over the years than I have seen inappropriate pants by women. Hitting the letter of the law, while missing entirely the spirit of the law, is not a recipe for success.
We need to study the Bible with an eye toward principles and precepts, as we seek to live a daily Christian life.
1 Timothy 2:9-10
(9) In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
(10) But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
(19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
(20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Peter 3:3-4
(3) Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
(4) But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Corinthians 10:31
(31) Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.