The Bible is the living word of God, but it is not a living document.
A living document is ever-changing. Its meaning is constantly being updated and changed to fit society.
This is not the case for the Bible.
It is “truth.” The truth of the Bible is not subjective or open to change. God does not change. He is perfect and perfection cannot change, or it would no longer be perfect. So it is with God’s word. He inspired it, so it must be perfect.
The Bible is living because it changes those who read it and believe it. Our lives are transformed by the truths in the Bible. We become new creations in Christ, and we are no longer bound by the flesh. We are able to overcome the world.
The Constitution of the United States is not a living document. It has truths that are truth for all time. Those who view the constitution in this way are “originalists.”
Those who view the Constitution as “living” see it applying differently to different time periods and to changes in society. What was true of the Constitution in the 1800’s is simply not true of the Constitution today. This is how the constitution can be interpreted to provide “rights” for abortion advocates or for the gay community. Society sets the demands for the truth.
Many who view the Constitution as “living” view the Bible in the same way. It is “living” and constantly changing with society. In other words, they view truths as being subjective. In fact, it is difficult for them to understand anyone who views truth objectively. They view those who believe objective truth as being evil, short-sighted, or bigoted.
So, who decides what truth is, if truth is subjective? The majority? No. The one with the loudest voice? No. God? No. Those with power? Yes!
Who decides what is true?
When Amy Coney Barrett is attacked for her faith and questioned about her opinions, we are learning more about those attacking her than we are about her. They are saying that truth is subjective, and they do not like her version of truth. She has “chosen” to believe in an old-fashioned Bible and an old-fashioned Constitution.
The only way to win is to agree with the “living” document point-of-view. From God’s perspective, this can never be. Truth is truth, and He is the One who gave us truth. In this case, the only way to win is to side with God, and by siding with God, we make enemies with the society in which we live.
We must remind each other that, as Christians, we are aliens in a strange land. We are only passing through. We are citizens of the United States, but we are also citizens of a far greater kingdom. The Kingdom of God.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.