The Legend of All Legends

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The Christian Bible was written over the course of 1,600 years by about 40 different authors on three different continents. This unique collection of stories serves as the foundation for the world’s largest religion, Christianity.

Every word of the Bible has been studied and parsed. The book has been weaponized and wars have been fought over it. Non-believers in the “truth” of the Bible have been persecuted and killed. It has been questioned and ridiculed as much as it has been revered and prized.

So is the Bible a factual accounting of the creation of everything by an omnipotent being, or is it a book of legends and myths, no different from the legend of King Arthur or the mythologies of the pre-Christianity gods?

To me, the Bible is an interesting, sometimes fascinating, book of fables and parables. But it’s not a text book, a history book, or a science book. Too much of the Bible is simply unbelievable to my practical, pragmatic mind.

Many of the “facts” in the Bible are simply wrong or are scientifically impossible. For example, according to Genesis, the universe is just over 6000 years old. We know that is not true.

Or take the tale of Joshua stopping the sun moving across the sky. This story assumes that the earth was flat and was at the center of the universe. And for the sun to stop, the earth would have to cease rotating on its axis, which would destroy the planet. We know these stories, and many other biblical stories, to be false.

Further, the Bible is full of inconsistencies. How can it be an accurate historical record, when the various books of the Bible contradict one another?

We also know that other world religions also contain rich histories of mythology and fantastical sounding stories, many of which stories are similar to those found in the Bible.

I have no quarrel with those for whom the Bible brings solace and comfort and serves as the anchor for their spiritual and religious beliefs. I would hope that they have no quarrel with me for believing that the Bible is simply a book of legends.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “legend.”

 

5 thoughts on “The Legend of All Legends

  1. Marilyn Armstrong December 14, 2017 / 10:06 am

    They are all just books. And many of them are missing significant parts, too. The Torah is literally a fragment of the original books … about 250 of which went missing when the Temple burned down. We all infer the rest!

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  2. Sight11 December 15, 2017 / 3:02 am

    There are two things you can’t escape music and religion..

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  3. heatherjo86 December 30, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Thank you for sharing! I’m someone that reads and studies the Bible everyday and a firm believer of its contents. It’s always interesting to hear another person’s viewpoint about the validity of the Bible. Some things perceived to be impossible are in fact possible we just have to change our mindset and understanding of what is written. For example, many say the account of creation is inaccurate because it’s impossible for God to create an entire universe in seven days. However, nothing in this account says that all things were created in seven literal 24 hour days. If we didn’t have a clock to tell time, one day is signified by the rising of the sun, setting of the sun, seeing the moon and seeing the sun rise again. Genesis 1:14-19 shows that these “luminaries” (the sun and moon) were created on the “fourth day”. If the sun and moon were not created until the fourth day then we can’t use what we know to be a “day” as the marker of time for all seven “days”. A day for us is 24 hours, a day for God could be aeons of time. Also, Genesis chapter one is only really referring to the creation of the earth and not the entire universe. No actual time tables are mentioned so we don’t know how long it took Jehovah God and Jesus Christ to create the universe. The Bible can be very confusing and can seem contradictory if we sees things from a human standpoint. However, “with God all things are possible” so by trying to understand the context and deeper meaning of the scriptures things start to make sense.

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    • Fandango December 30, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Thanks for sharing your perspective. You write, “with God all things are possible.” And I agree that if one believes in a supernatural, omnipotent being, one can believe that, for that being, all things are possible. But there is no proof that such a supernatural being actually exists, except in the minds and imaginations (and faith) of humans. So until evidence is unearthed, so to speak, that proves that God does exist, I will continue to consider the Bible to be a work of fiction.

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