Modernism and the Bible

Cecil Willis

It is difficult for some of us to imagine the scorn in which the Bible is held by some. People and schools have changed. There was a time when most of our institutions of higher education were religiously oriented. But both society and education have been secularized.

On the campuses of most institutions of higher education, publications are being circulated which attempt to justify the basest acts and that blasphemously speak of the Bible. The United Christian Fellowship publishes a paper called "Campus Encounter" and this "Christian" (?) publication advocates free-love and complete abandonment of marriage.

I do not remember reading a more blasphemous caricature of the Bible than the following one from a Canadian publication of the United Churches of Christ. Of those who believe in verbal inspiration of the Bible, this publication said: "They go on believing in a clay-made man, a floating zoo, and an amphibious footed Jesus, a Son of God who became a home brew artist by turning water into wine, and topped it with an ascension that looks like a Cape Kennedy blast-off."

Wouldn't it be frightening to have to answer to God for a statement like that? The holy scriptures are God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16), and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31). An infinitely holy God can only punish in the severest way those who ridicule his will and word.

February 10, 1972