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is bible fiction?
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Posted 9/11/10
Even if you think about it, the bible can be taken as fiction from a christian point of view. Obviously not ALL of it, but all the old stories we heard in sunday school - Jonah and the Whale, The Good Samaritan, Noah's Arc...
I'm thinking that these indeed can be taken as parables similar to those which the J man himself told.
Think about it, each has some sort of moral lesson in it, so it makes sense right?

Even the creation story may just be a representation of what some Christians believe to be actual events.
God created the universe - We are nature's curators - Man will lose out due to curiosity

That and i think some things in the bible need to be put in context of the time. For example - homosexuality. At the time of the passages being written, God NEEDED his people to thrive so he couldn't have people running off with the same sex and not passing on the religion.
... whereas in today's society... shit we need some crowd control.

Personally however I'm going to have to put it in the fiction category. Being an angry atheist and all.
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Posted 9/12/10
I do what I usually do when faced with a potentially difficult and controversial question: I checked Wikipedia. Its summary definition of non-fiction is:
Non-fiction or nonfiction is an account, narrative, or representation of a subject which an author presents as fact. This presentation may be accurate or not; that is, it can give either a true or a false account of the subject in question. However, it is generally assumed that the authors of such accounts believe them to be truthful at the time of their composition. Note that reporting the beliefs of others in a non-fiction format is not necessarily an endorsement of the ultimate veracity of those beliefs, it is simply saying that it is true that people believe that (for such topics as mythology, religion). Non-fiction can also be written about fiction, giving information about these other works. (emphasis is mine)
So I would do what my local library does and put the Bible in the non-fiction section--after Natural Theology and before Christian Theology (I did volunteer work at my library in high school).
Posted 9/12/10 , edited 9/12/10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deism

What organized religions see as divine revelation and holy books, most deists see as interpretations made by other humans, rather than as authoritative sources.

Theres ur answer.
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Posted 9/12/10
uumm..for me non-fiction..coz it's based on history facts : )
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Posted 9/12/10
Fiction.

The bible should be taken as a guide for morals, but not as a literal guide for life.
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Posted 9/12/10
its NON FICTIONAL
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Posted 9/12/10
twilight book is fiction lol
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Posted 9/12/10

BasouKazuma wrote:

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.



I'd have to agree I'd also like to add that IMO There wouldnt be as many wars/hates against others/discrimination. We all believe in something and when are beliefs conflict with each others it doesnt always end well. Some ppl can say okay thats great for you and move on while others take it as a personal insult.
Benjamin Franklin "Lighthouses are more useful than churches."
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Posted 9/12/10
I'd say more fiction than fact.
There is a possibility the past events in the bible actually occurred, but too many details about these events seem too unlikely. Some events may have been summarized with symbolic meanings, and some may have had a few questionable parts explained with "a wizard did it" (or in this case; "God did it").

Let's pick a classical example (Noah's ark), and let me put up a possible occurrence:
Some farmer found a few signs of a flood would take place. He tried to warn people about this, but failed convincing them.
To save his farm animals, he would hurry up and build a boat. These farm animals could be, as far as he knew, representing every kind of animal on Earth. He brought his family (direct and invited relations) on this boat as well.
When the flood did happen; it would be at such a large scale, it would look like the entire world was flooded.
After a while on the boat, it may have been difficult to remember if they have been there for a week or 40 days. The time could appear to be running slow.
With difficulties of rationing food, they may have decided to leave two of each kind of their animals alive by the time the flood was over.
When their little adventure was over, they would pass on their story trough generations and to travellers/missionaries. At some point somebody would decide to write this story down.
Fin.
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Posted 9/12/10
I believe that it is fiction. It;s just a bunch of stories. However it is the lessons that they teach that should be taken to heart.
Posted 9/12/10
I cant really give an answer on that im not Christian but some of the stories in Islam are also in the bible so is it fiction? i cant say do i believe it? Yes
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Posted 9/12/10
Its my religion and i believe it , i have such strong faith and being a christian has helped my in my times of need and struggle . It is non fiction.
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Posted 9/29/10
I don't think anyone on CR forum, or anyone else currently living, for that matter, has the authority to designate any holy text as being fact or fiction. This is a dumb question. Sorry.
Posted 9/29/10
Fact or Fiction, you can't deny the impact it has had on everyone's lives....but its the same impact that Darth Vader had on me so....
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Posted 9/29/10

Chained_Angel wrote:

Fact or Fiction, you can't deny the impact it has had on everyone's lives....but its the same impact that Darth Vader had on me so....


*Tea spray, choke*

I find your lack of faith disturbing!
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