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is bible fiction?
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we had this boring class in world literature talking about fiction and non fiction, their meaning, samples and stuff. i remember my professor talked about fairytale,legends,parable and fable being fictions. following those logic, she then questions about BIBLE. it made me realize that bible is made up of stories,fables and parables. she asked if in what category then bible belongs?

your thought about it? (FICTION or NON-FICTION?)
i personally think its non-fiction----given my religion.(pretty bias at that.)

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Posted 9/5/10
FICTION.
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what irks me the most is when nuts go around arguin "blah blah blah invisible man no hes not real i know this 100% even though we dont know alot about or oceans or space" then i hate "blah blah blah ur going to hell blah blah pope this pope that" like wth im quite sure thats like the most f'd up thing to do considering love they neighbor so on so on thing... i dunno too many diff kinds of ppl




also fun fact its funny because there are alot of ppl misinterpreting things

more importantly i got my tron bonne figure today with THE SERVBOT SO FERAKING GERAT
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As a whole, I'd say fiction.

Looking at the books individually though, some of them are personal letters written to churches, and others have details that supposedly match up with historical data for that period and could be considered non-fiction. There is also a lot of prophecy in book, which most would consider fiction until they come true. :P

Either way, religions are pretty interesting and I read it all out of curiosity.
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man walking on water, res from the grave. what do you think
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Pure fiction.
I mean you have to completely brainwashed to believe something like that.
Pure logic wins over bullshit
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The answer to the question is - it depends...
Much of the Bible is historical fact, proved time after time by archaeology and new archaeological techniques. Some parts of the Old Testament are hebrew folklaw - including Genesis - but intermixed with that folklaw are real truths. As an example, the story of Adam and eve is very true, whether or not Adam and eve existed! 'Adam' means 'man' and 'Eve' means 'from Man' - so Adam and eve can repreent Humanity. The truth at the heart of the Adam and Eve story is that mankind was once in relatioship with God, but that mankind rebelled because he thought he knew best - and the result is the mess we have today. So although some Bible stories may be thought of as myths, they hide great truths abou the human soul.
Some parts of the Old testament are historical - especially the book of Exodus, and t Two books of Kings etc. Some are prophetic - Isaiah, Jeremiah etc - books that are written by men close to God, telling the people about God and warning them when they rebel against God. Some books are Literature - Job for instance. Again, whether or not Job actually existed as a historical person is not important, but the profound truths behind why there is suffering and the part God plays in the fallen world are extremely relevant to modern society.
The new testament books - the gospels and Acts, are historical and have been verified and checked more than any other ancient literature. And they have been verified by modern archaeology. Most of the rest of the New testament is taken up with letters written to the early churches by Paul and other writers. So being factual or otherwise is again irrelevant; they contain wonderful words of guidance and encouragement (and sometimes chastisement!) that is still as fresh and relevant today as when they were written 2000 years ago. Finally The revelation of John - the last book of the Bible is written in apocalyptic style - as a record of a vision he had. The book tells what he saw as his vision of the end of the world and the last judgement. It cannot be 'proved' as fact as it hasn't yet happened... but then it can't be proved as fiction either. Not is it easy to understand. Even the simplest part - the number of the 'beast' as 666, has had whole books written about it.
Therefore, one cannot say the Bible is Fact, period, or Fiction, period. It depends upon the part and exactly what you mean by fact or fiction. However, what you can say is that all the writers were inspired by God in their writings, and, quite frankly, nothing has ever come close as a blueprint for human guidance, comfort, revolution, God's revelation of himself, and, ultimately salvation.
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well, if you'll look on the stories in the bible, sounds fiction, right....?
hmmmm... for me, it actually depend on the person... am a catholic and yeah, I believe in God....
religion is about faith anyways.....
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well, if you'll look on the stories in the bible, sounds fiction, right....?
hmmmm... for me, it actually depend on the person... am a catholic and yeah, I believe in God....
religion is about faith anyways.....


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In my opinion, religions were merely tools that were created to have people govern themselves. When the Bible was created, it was hard to enforce laws so the best way to limit the number of crimes being committed was to tell everyone that they would go to Hell if they didn't act like decent people. So you couldn't cover up your crimes because God was always watching.

In this day and age, religion is not that necessary and just needs to be supplemented by proper parenting. Churches could also be replaced by non-profit establishments that promote philosophical discussions and we all would probably be better off. It would allow people to have a better sense of right vs wrong without the need for the fictional stories of religious text to trick them into having good morals. Not everyone is going to agree since there won't be text listing what is right and wrong but people aren't supposed to think alike on every subject.
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Simply put, there are many religions/religious texts. Depending on your parents and culture you could have been born into any of them. There may be some facts in the bible, but it is best to take everything with a grain of salt. The best thing to do is take into account that it is a primitive work, do some unbiased research and come to your own conclusion.

Off topic: Christopher Hitchens once said, "I think our knowledge of right and wrong is innate in us. Religion gets its morality from humans. We know that we can't get along if we permit perjury, theft, murder, rape, all societies at all times, well before the advent of monarchies and certainly, have forbidden it... Socrates called his daemon, it was an inner voice that stopped him when he was trying to take advantage of someone... Why don't we just assume that we do have some internal compass?".
Posted 9/5/10
I stopped believing in Santa when I was 6 years old. Same concept here....

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Absolute fiction. It presents values many folks agree with, though not always. Some people follow the beat of a different drum or just don't care what they do so long as their needs are satisfied.
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I don't particularly care about religion, and think some of the bible is based on fiction. Probably based on stories that were passed down by mouth that change with every telling until someone took the most recent stories and put it in book form. That said the book has taken a life of it's own over the centuries. As long as the book is used as a positive influence good for it, but I will never trust or listen to those who preach for money, or take advantage of those who want to believe for the right reasons; which happens more often than not.
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black_gills27 wrote:

The answer to the question is - it depends...
Much of the Bible is historical fact, proved time after time by archaeology and new archaeological techniques. Some parts of the Old Testament are hebrew folklaw - including Genesis - but intermixed with that folklaw are real truths. As an example, the story of Adam and eve is very true, whether or not Adam and eve existed! 'Adam' means 'man' and 'Eve' means 'from Man' - so Adam and eve can repreent Humanity. The truth at the heart of the Adam and Eve story is that mankind was once in relatioship with God, but that mankind rebelled because he thought he knew best - and the result is the mess we have today. So although some Bible stories may be thought of as myths, they hide great truths abou the human soul.
Some parts of the Old testament are historical - especially the book of Exodus, and t Two books of Kings etc. Some are prophetic - Isaiah, Jeremiah etc - books that are written by men close to God, telling the people about God and warning them when they rebel against God. Some books are Literature - Job for instance. Again, whether or not Job actually existed as a historical person is not important, but the profound truths behind why there is suffering and the part God plays in the fallen world are extremely relevant to modern society.
The new testament books - the gospels and Acts, are historical and have been verified and checked more than any other ancient literature. And they have been verified by modern archaeology. Most of the rest of the New testament is taken up with letters written to the early churches by Paul and other writers. So being factual or otherwise is again irrelevant; they contain wonderful words of guidance and encouragement (and sometimes chastisement!) that is still as fresh and relevant today as when they were written 2000 years ago. Finally The revelation of John - the last book of the Bible is written in apocalyptic style - as a record of a vision he had. The book tells what he saw as his vision of the end of the world and the last judgement. It cannot be 'proved' as fact as it hasn't yet happened... but then it can't be proved as fiction either. Not is it easy to understand. Even the simplest part - the number of the 'beast' as 666, has had whole books written about it.
Therefore, one cannot say the Bible is Fact, period, or Fiction, period. It depends upon the part and exactly what you mean by fact or fiction. However, what you can say is that all the writers were inspired by God in their writings, and, quite frankly, nothing has ever come close as a blueprint for human guidance, comfort, revolution, God's revelation of himself, and, ultimately salvation.


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