Is the Bible True?
"Bible as Mythology" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
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Is the Bible true? What do you mean by true? Factual? Accurate? Historical? Meaningful?
I don't think it was ever intended to be a history textbook.
We don't know what part God is reading in the Bible. Or does he mean the whole Bible?
What's funny to me about this cartoon is that "God" himself might be a part of that mythology!
Many years ago I used to think mythology was a bad word. Not anymore. Mythology is a powerful way to convey truth, or to convey untruth for that matter.
So if someone asks me "Is the Bible true?", I would say that there is a lot of it that, through its stories and ideas, conveys¬†what is true.
The first real shock to my theological world was when I began to question the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. Traumatic!
It wasn't easy, but I've made it through to the other side.
Some accuse me of being anti-bible. I protest! I now respect¬†the Bible more for what it really is rather than what I was taught it is or what I wish it to be.