Scripture and the "Modern" Attitude

The Holy Bible (Psalm 119)

"Modern" Attitude

53. Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake Thy law. What is there to be horrified about? They aren’t wicked; they are just mature people with courage to reject outmoded taboos.
63. I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that Keep Thy precepts. I am a companion of people who foreet God. I find such people congenial.
97. 0 how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. The Bible needs to be changed to make it fit human desires and preference.
101. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Thy Word. I allow my feet to walk in the prevailing trend of the times. I don’t want to be considered out-of-date.
105. Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. My decisions and actions are motivated by the modern man-centered view of life.
126. It is time for Thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void Thy law. Nonsense! God loves everybody. He is a realist and expects us to live in the 20th century.
136. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not Thy law. Tears of repentance are foreign to my experience. I want to be positive not negative,
158. I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved, because they kept not Thy Word. ’Transgression’ is an outmoded idea. When I saw what the ’transgressors’ were doing, I was glad, because it showed their emancipation from legalistic ideas of ethics.
160. Thy Word is true from the beginning; and every one of Thy righteous judgements endureth for ever. Truth is relative, not absolute. It changes with times and situations. How can a law over 3,000 years old be relevant today?
162. I rejoice at Thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil. I couldn’t care less about the Bible. My thinkine and values are different.
163. I hate and abhor lying; but Thy law do I love. I am mature and modern and free from outworn inhibitions. What I hate and abhor is being fenced in by rules not of my own making; what I really love is to follow my own inclinations.
176. I have gone astray like a lost sheep: seek Thy servant; for I do not forget Thy commandments. There is no real standard to stray from. God’s "commandments" are only outmoded ancient taboos. Why bother about them? I don’t want to be "sought;" I only want God to leave me alone.
Comments on the foregoing tabulation: Modern man is in rebellion against God. Especially modern man is in revolt against the authority of the Bible as the Word of God. The "modern" attitudes shown in the right-hand column are in contrast to the inspired religious and ethical norms of Psalm 119 and of the Bible as a whole. It is sad, but only too true that none of these "modern" rebellious attitudes are found among nominaI Christian and even among people who are members in good standing in evangelical and Reformed churches. Satan uses the spirit of the world or the age to erode the faithfulness and vitality of the visible Church. Only by awareness of Satan’s devices can the Christian and the Church guard against them.

Compiled by J. G. Vos, Professor, Geneva College.