Is the Bible Still Relevant?


If the Bible was written over 2,000 years ago, is it still relevant? How can an ancient book written by ancient authors be authoritative for the church today? In this video interview, Dr. Bill Arnold and Dr. Ben Witherington explain that because the gospel can be contextualized for any situation and any culture, it offers a timeless solution to the basic human problem of sin and alienation from God.

Bill Arnold uses worldview to help get at the translatability of the Bible and the gospel. A worldview seeks to answer at least four basic questions: Where are we? Who are we? What’s gone wrong with the world? Who can fix it? Because the Bible consistently answers this question in the person of Jesus, it remains a gift of God’s divine revelation for the church and world.

View the rest of the videos in this series:
What Bible Did Jesus Use?
The Divine-Human Authorship of Scripture
The Bible Must Be Read in Context

Find all of our resources on Scripture here. Read articles from Dr. Bill Arnold here. Watch more videos from Dr. Ben Witherington here. Explore our OneBook Bible Study resources here.

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Bill Arnold is professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a "cradle Methodist," having been raised in a Methodist parsonage. When not traveling, he teaches an adult Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY. He enjoys Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati baseball, although his wife finds something else to do when games are too intense. He and Susan are survivors of three sons, who are now beginning to provide grandchildren in order to atone for all their offenses against their parents.