Is the Bible fact or fiction?


Academics, who purely study religion from an objective perspective, and other outsiders of the Christian faith may look at the Bible as little more than a book of fables and myths, but to many more individuals, it is a symbol of hope that speaks the truth. The Bible was never a full historic account that tried to detail every event in every culture. The events of the Bible simply occur around history as the Book was written during several time periods. Meanwhile, there will be parts of the Book, which will not present full understandings of events, while it is filled with fables that are told by individuals who are important to the message of God.

Furthermore, there will be many times when interpretations and translations do not fully agree with the known fact and there will be times when the known fact is unable to confirm or disaffirm Biblical accounts. By far, the Bible cannot be simply discounted as the whole has not been invalidated by academics while vastly significant aspects of the Bible remain intact. To call the Bible a collection of fables and myths is unjustified as history cannot easily disregard the Scriptures as fiction.

The Bible does not serve as a historic record!

To those who are followers of the Christian faith, the Bible does not serve as a historical record. It serves as an account of God’s expectations for humanity. Further, it shows examples of simple and complicated lives from the past which demonstrate how the laws of God were incorporated into these individuals’ daily lives; whereas, it also demonstrates the consequences of failing to adhere to Biblical law results in grave consequences. It teaches respect and balance in life while guiding people to acts of compassion even when others fail to reciprocate. It then gives hope to the people as it ends with a prophecy looking forward to a time when all suffering will cease to exist. Moreover, the Bible provides truth while it also includes fables that help inspire leadership and social responsibility.

On the other hand, there are those who abuse the word of the Bible and the name of God for their own gain while there are also those who misunderstand what the Bible dictates. Warping the purpose and application of Biblical teaching leads those, who do not believe in the Christian Bible, to the conclusion that Christianity is a hurtful and corrupting force which bases its teaching on nothing more than a collection of myths and fables loosely connected for the powerful to use against those who they scorn. Misinterpretation of the Bible is something that leads to very negative views of Christianity and the Bible, but this is an error of people not the fault of religion. The Bible is more than a collection of fables that propagates myths; it is the text of a religion that has yet to be discounted.

The lessons in the Bible need to be translated into modern terms before they can be fully applied to modern life, but the accounts in the Book are there to demonstrate how people in older worlds used faith to guide their lives. Some of the stories are fables while others are based on personal and historical events. It is unfair to call the Bible nothing more than a collection of myths and fables as there are certain events that have not been proven to be fiction.

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