Ask Christians who and how they can believe in those events that are obviously impossible or contradictory of their faith and they will respond that the “facts” of their religion are in the Bible. Thus, if it is in the Bible, it has to be right, correct and factual.
Well, that’s not exactly true. There are two basic types of books – fiction and non-fiction. Fiction books are those that are made up by the author, even if based on real events. Examples would be DRACULA by Bram Stoker, GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell, TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD by Harper Lee, and MOBY DICK by Herman Melville.
Non-fiction books would be any of those that I have written on sport fishing, How-To books on any subject, biographies and autobiographies, books on history, etc. In between these are books of mixed fact and opinion such as those like MERE CHRISTIANITY by C. S. Lewis and THE GOD DELUSION by Richard Dawkins.
Thus, the Bible as a history as well as a theological wellspring of knowledge should be non-fiction – true, factual and honest. Not exactly.
Some of you might be too young, but we know about the 60 small books that are the dairies of Adolf Hitler. They were found, checked, verified and ready to be published in the 1980’s until it was discovered that they were fake, forgeries and made up by two forgers strictly to make money from their sale. Thus, they are non-fiction, purported to be of real events and honest remembrances of Hitler, but are false.
And we also might remember the 1970’s co-written autobiography of Howard Hughes, famous for his films, dates with Hollywood starlets, his airplanes, his industrial company and ultimate reclusiveness. But these “non-fiction” bios were totally concocted by Clifford Irving. Both the non-fiction Hitler Dairies and autobiography of Howard Hughes were fakes.
You can say the same thing about the Bible. There is no archeological record of a few million Israelites traveling for 40 years though the Egyptian desert. It has been proven impossible for The Red (or Reed) sea to part and allow passage for Moses and his crew of a few million.
It is impossible for ax heads to float (2 Kings 56:6), a rabbit is not a ruminant (Deuteronomy 14:7), pi is not 3.000 (1 Kings 7:23), the sun can’t stand still in the sky (Joshua 120:12-15), a bat is not a bird (Deuteronomy 14:18), dead people do not become zombies (Matthew 27:52), people can’t walk on water (Matthew 14:26), people can’t fly (Luke 24:6), etc.
The above is just a smidgen – a small sample – of the copious flaws in the Bible from the many errors, impossibilities, contradictions, and mistakes that occur to make this not an authoritative book of anything on any subject, much less a book of godly or theological importance.
Does this make you just a little – or a lot – questioning about the particular Christian faith in which you believe? Of the 10,000 religions of the past and present, can you still believe that yours is the only one that is correct and that all the others are wrong?
Are you on your way to critical thinking and an examination of religions, specifically Christianity? Are you willing to use true facts, proven knowledge and verified science as a benchmark against which to judge claims about religion and other fanciful tales of life? If you are – and I hope that you are - congratulations!