posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 06:17 PM
As some of you know, I am a lawyer. As a lawyer, I feel I can provide incite on the issue as to whether the Bible is or is not literally true. From
a historical or scientific perspective, the Bible is probably not 100% literally true. A scientist, archaeologist, or historian can and should
question whether it is 100% literally true. However, from the perspective of someone that is trying to learn the rules of conduct the Bible teaches,
the Bible must be unquestionably true.
The Bible consists of laws and stories. There are portions of the Bible that read "thou shall not..." or "thou shalt..." There are also portions
of the Bible that recount stories. These stories are about people who are engaged in some sort of ethical or moral struggle. Sometimes the stories
involve ordinary people facing common situations, but they also often contain extra-ordinary people in uncommon or super-natural situations. However,
if we are to look at the Bible as a guide on how to live one's life, then its factual veracity should not be questioned because questioning its
veracity takes away the Bible's efficacy as a teaching tool.
Lawyers learn law through a process called the Socratic method. Under the Socratic method, law students read judicial decisions written by appeals
courts. The fact patterns in the appeals court cases are often bizarre. However, the fact patterns in the case cannot be questioned because
whether or not the events described in the case actually occurred is not at issue, the issue is how the law should be applied to those facts.
When appeals courts or law students are faced with a bizarre set of facts, rather than questioning the validity of the facts and turning away from
the case, they often embrace the bizarre set of facts as an opportunity to decide how the law should be applied. It often takes bizarre facts to
elucidate how the law should be applied to normal situations.
Similarly, the Bible contains "cases" where it applies its laws to various ethical dilemmas. The Bible often uses bizarre or supernatural events to
illustrate its teaching points. If you question the literal truth of any of the Bible's stories, you are missing the point of the exercise. The
question is not "did this happen?," but rather the question is "How should one behave under these circumstances?"