Is there anything written in the Bible accurate?

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  1. capncrunch profile image73
    capncrunchposted 3 years ago

    Is there anything written in the Bible accurate?

    Is everything about the Bible fiction?

  2. Akriti Mattu profile image76
    Akriti Mattuposted 3 years ago

    If it isn't a lot of people who base their entire lives on it will be devastated.

  3. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 3 years ago

    It's probably not all fiction but most of it contains fables and parables.
    God made man and man made religion.
    Clearly the earth is older than a few thousand years old.
    It's not likely Adam or any other man ever lived to be 930 years old.
    Samson killed (1000 men) with only the jawbone of a donkey. Seriously? (Did they stand in a single file line? Did he take breaks?)
    God created foreign languages because a group of people started to build a tower to reach heaven. (The Tower of Babel ).
    Even with all of the heavy equipment and technology we have today it's impossible for us to build a tower on earth that would even reach the moon let alone "heaven". And yet God supposedly said the following once he saw the tower being built:
    Genesis 11:6-7
    "Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now (nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do).
    Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."
    God gives Moses the 10 Commandments which includes {"Thy Shall Not Kill"} (Exodus 20:13) and then Moses orders the killing of 3000 men in Exodus 32:28! (Short-term memory loss?)
    After that you get to the book of Numbers 31:17-18 where Moses once again orders the killing of men, women, and children. (except the virgins)
    "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
    18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, (keep alive for yourselves)."
    These are but just a few examples of unrealistic or inconsistencies in the bible. Believers accept it all as being literal historical facts or they will say some things are misinterpreted and in some instances explain the (whys) or God had his reasons.
    Everyone is entitled to believe or not believe. It's the when one side tries to convince the other side to see things their way that causes friction. Live and let live.

    1. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Of course the men in those days wouldn't know how tall they would have to build a tower

    2. dashingscorpio profile image87
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      LoisRyan13903 , Excellent point! However in the bible it's God's reaction to seeing the tower that is most questionable aspect of this. Surly God would know they couldn't build a tower from the ground up to heaven! smile

  4. Austinstar profile image84
    Austinstarposted 3 years ago

    No, there are indeed some historical facts in the bible. Several towns and people from biblical days have been proven accurate as to location and existence.
    But it's like any written story, there is a lot of literary license taken regarding what the towns were really like and what the people were really like.
    The bible is a collection of tales, word of mouth stories, fables, parables, myths, legends, and a great deal of conjecture of how the world was formed.
    The bible mostly got its "magic" from being the first thing printed with the Gutenberg printing press. It was the first actual printed book.
    Once moveable type was invented and books were first published, books were considered "treasures".
    Even today, early printed books are given special consideration as if they contain "power" right in their very pages.
    So, yes, some things in the bible are "accurate" for its time and some are not. But as far as calling the bible a conduit to god, well, just because one believes something, it doesn't make it true. There is no testable proof that indicates the god of the bible is an actual person, place, or thing.

  5. cam8510 profile image96
    cam8510posted 3 years ago

    The time of Abraham coincides with the development of the first known civilizations in the Levant.  There are several interesting things which are confirmed about the Bible from this time period.  I have written on this topic, not favorably or antagonistically toward the Bible.  It is purely for information.

  6. profile image0
    Stargrrlposted 3 years ago

    Yes, historians refer to the Bible.  The Old Testament is a very good source of history--as it deals with the known world at the time, and the Mesopotamia area.

  7. lone77star profile image82
    lone77starposted 3 years ago

    It depends upon the passage and how you interpret it.

    I have found a biblical timeline that pegs Noah's Flood at 27,970 BC, right when the "daughters of men" species went extinct.

    But the key focus isn't on history, but spiritual growth. Many of the stories, according to the Kabbalists who wrote the first 5 books, are merely parables to illustrate the various spiritual states one must go through to return to  God -- the pure state of non-self-concerned, altruistic love.

    One thing that atheists and Fundamentalists share is a penchant for interpreting the Bible literally. And they both miss everything.

    1. Austinstar profile image84
      Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Interpreting the bible literally is impossible and interpreting it as literature is beyond my ability to do so. I'm sure that everyone does misinterpret the bible, else why are there so many different versions of Christianity?

  8. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
    LoisRyan13903posted 3 years ago

    Somebody mentioned the Tower of Babel and yes I believed that story is true.  I believed that the men believed that they could build a tower that would reach heaven.  However, they did not have the scientific knowledge to know that this would be impossible especially if they built it high enough they would die of lack of oxygen and succumb to freezing temperatures.  The Bible does not tell how tall this tower was before God halted the work.

    And yes I believe that in those days people lived a lot older than we do today.  However, it does not specify how many days a year is. But for two people to populate the world, they had to live a lot longer and have longer childbearing years.  I can't remember where but the life span started slowly decreasing.  I think Moses was something like 120 years old when he died.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image87
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      The interesting thing about the Tower of Babel is not what men thought but the claim that (God said it was possible) which is why he stopped it.!
      Noah lived to be 950 years old according to the bible. I doubt anyone has ever lived to see 900.

 
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