“It Happened Tomorrow” is a movie produced in 1944 about an obituary writer that is given a newspaper with the next day’s news by a deceased newspaper man.
A 1996 TV show called “Early Edition” was about a man who mysteriously receives a newspaper with tomorrow’s date every morning, accompanied by a ginger tabby cat.
I am willing to bet the writers for the Morris Herald-News would love to be the recipient of such a publication.
Well, something like that does exist.
Many people today view the Bible as nothing more than an ancient history book, perhaps outdated as an old newspaper once read by their grandparents, but hardly relevant for today’s society.
However, while it does contain a history of God’s people, it also contains tomorrow’s headlines in addition to all we need to know to effectively deal with the present time we live in, and to be prepared for the future.
Perhaps you wonder how this could be true, when after all, the prophets and apostles to whom God dictated the Bible knew nothing of our modern world.
They didn’t have cars – they rode on donkeys! They didn’t have
cellphones or computers.
They didn’t have high-tech printers, or one of those old Xerox copiers, or a printing press, or even write on paper like we have today.
They wrote on scrolls!
They fought with swords, but we have to worry about nuclear weapons and biochemical warfare.
So you might ask, “How can the Bible possibly be relevant in today’s society, offer solutions to today’s problems, and even provide insight into the future?”
First of all, God – who wrote the Bible through his chosen vessels – is ageless.
He existed before time began and He will exist forever.
Although our lives started at the moment of conception, Jesus always has been and always will be
God Almighty, part of the Holy Trinity together with the Father and Holy Spirit since before creation; even though his incarnation in human form took place at a specific predetermined point in history.
And his return to earth also will take place at a predetermined time in what to us is still future.
The Bible speaks of this future event, and others; and like all of the Biblical prophecies that have already been fulfilled to the letter, these will be as well.
Because God is timeless, and exists in the past, present and future simultaneously, he knows everything that has occurred, is occurring, and will occur.
So when Jesus was riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, he knew there would be cars one day.
He knew more about them then than even Ed, my husband who works at Andy’s Auto Service, or any other mechanic or car guy, knows about them today.
Jesus already knew about Microsoft and its technology, even though it wouldn’t be developed for almost 2,000 years – and he already knows what it will be capable of 20 years from now.
Therefore, God’s word also is timeless. Just as in ages past, when its truths are ignored and defied, people suffer.
And just as in ages past, when its truths are believed and followed, people have real hope despite their current situations, they discover meaning in their lives, they are able to love when they are hated, and they are filled with joy even in a world bent on destruction.
Unfortunately, there also are folks who don’t study the Bible because they don’t want to believe in the one true God. Instead, they want to “be God,” or at least declare collective humanity to be God, the highest life form.
As someone once said, truth is still truth, even if no one believes it; and a lie is still a lie, even if everyone believes it.
And there are some who would rather “create God,” be it an idol out of stone in the past, or an AI robot whose intelligence surpasses that of humans in the future. But God created man – not the other way around.
So if you disregard the Bible for any of the reasons I mentioned, or maybe one I didn’t, dust off that Bible on your shelf, buy one if you don’t have one or read it online.
Open your mind and heart to all that God wants to share with you.
Then encourage your children as well, to study the book that has no equal, because it is the only one written by God himself.