If you’re on the outside looking in, you might have a variety of feelings about why Christians (at least “conservative” ones) are so loyal to the Bible. There’s something that’s…so backwards about it. In this age of technological advancement and enlightenment, how could modern people really believe what the Bible teaches? And not only that, but how could they subject themselves to such outdated morality? It’s strange to you. It might even be infuriating.
We’ll come back to that in a moment, but first, let’s take a look at an account before which Jesus has just healed a disabled man. After He healed him, He told him to pick up his mat that he had been lying on and to walk. Well, according to Jewish rules (not the Bible), it was illegal to carry anything of such a size, such a distance. When the Jewish authorities confronted him about it, this was his response:
“The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.'” – John 5:11
When you have been disabled your whole life, and someone heals you, you’re going to listen to Him over all other authorities.
Christians are those who have been healed. The Bible does give the illustration of everyone being spiritually dead, but it also gives an illustration of us being spiritually sick. And because of what Christ did—taking on our sickness on Himself, if you will—dying on the cross as a sacrifice for sinners like us, and rising from the grave three days later, all who believe in Him are healed. By His wounds, we are healed.
So, when our quickly shifting morality as a nation demands that we abandon the Bible, all we can say is, “The Man who healed me, that Man said to me….” You see, we’re not obeying an ancient book, per se. We are obeying the Lord who healed us, and He has revealed His perfect law in the pages of the Bible. For we who believe in Him, saved from eternal darkness and into light, we can do no other.