Everything is biblical. It sounds heretical, I know. But I’m serious.

When we see people worshipping God, loving their neighbors, or teaching directly from the Bible, we say, “That’s biblical.” And indeed it is. When we find things in our daily lives that line up with the teaching of the Bible, we rightly identify those things as biblical.

But what do we say when we hear about a murder, become sinfully angry, or hurt someone we love? Do we say, “That’s unbiblical?” I don’t think we should.

Now, of course, if by calling those things unbiblical we mean that the Bible condemns murder, sinful anger, and not loving your neighbor, then yes, those things are unbiblical. But there is another sense in which those things are, in fact, biblical.

The Bible says that human beings have wicked hearts (Jer. 17:9), and that we all sin (Rom. 3:23, 1 John 1:8). So the Bible predicts that we ourselves and everyone we know will perform sinful acts. And it’s in that sense that everything is biblical. When one person murders another, that’s biblical because that’s exactly what the Bible says human beings do to one another.

Maybe the distinction I’m making strikes you as silly. But I actually think it’s an important realization. The Bible speaks to every area of human experience. The Bible doesn’t just tell us what happened (i.e., two thousand years ago or more); it tells us what happens (what people think, do, and experience in every age). Everything we encounter intersects with some biblical teaching or principle at some point.

So everything is biblical. And if we encounter an area of life in which the Bible seems irrelevant, it means that we either haven’t given it enough thought or we don’t know our Bibles well enough.

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Mark Beuving
Mark Beuving currently serves as Associate Pastor at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA. Prior to going back into pastoral ministry, Mark spent ten years on staff at Eternity Bible College as a Campus Pastor, Dean of Students, and then Associate Professor. Mark now teaches online adjunct for Eternity. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is the author of "Resonate: Enjoying God's Gift of Music" and the co-author with Francis Chan of "Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples." Mark lives in Rocklin with his wife and two daughters.