True and Truth.

Is everything in The Bible true?

I am a Christian. I believe in in the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and I believe the teaching of Jesus shows us a good way to live our lives. Do I believe that everything written in The Holy Bible is true….No.

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There is a lot in The Bible I know to be true and factual, for which can be found supporting historical evidence. There is also much in The Bible that cannot be conclusively proved, yet I believe it to be true. There are also large parts of the bible that are clearly not true, or at least not factually true. Some of the  things written in The Bible are just stories but the stories have a purpose, they serve to provide an example or illustrate a point.

The Bible whilst still relevant in the twenty first century, was not written for us, the people of this era. It was written to be understood by the people of 2000 years ago, so the stories were of that time. It is a minuscule probability that creation happened as described in Genesis, or in 6 days. The book was illustrating the ‘event’ in the way people of the time could comprehend. The Bible is full of non factual aspects, where the facts would not be understood but could be illustrated by a story, or poetry like the Psalms. Our Lord Jesus Christ would often make a point by telling a story, or parable which, while it had no basis in fact, mad a point, or illustrated a truth.

The question I started with was “Is everything in The Bible true?”. No, clearly it is not but perhaps I posed the wrong question. Maybe the correct question is: does everything in The Bible contain truth? Something that is said or written does not have to be factually correct to contain truth, often a greater truth than the simple facts themselves convey, so:

Do I believe the bible contains truth … Yes. Perhaps the greatest truth of all.

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One thought on “True and Truth.

  1. steve smith

    Great post – thanks. I posted this, for what it’s worth, on my blog on the14th January this year – disconnectedchristians.blogspot.co.uk – which I think is consistent with your comments above

    Truth-seeking less as ‘tick/check-box’ exercise and more as ‘signpost’

    For sure, we try to capture truth and wisdom with our language, theology, doctrine, and ideas; and, this is OK as a start, but provided we don’t finish there, seeing our capturing of ‘it’ as the be-all-and-end-all of truth-seeking and understanding. Instead, we should resist the temptation of capturing truth as the ‘whole truth’, and rather let ‘our’ wisdom, metaphorically speaking, go free! So, wisdom should act more as a signpost toward the deeper truths concerning the unfathomable depths of God’s love, and thereby away from our own shallow insight and understanding. As it says in Proverbs 3:5: “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight and understanding.” And at the beginning of verse 7 it continues: “Be not wise in your own eyes.”

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