Who Says the Bible Needs to Be Historically Accurate?

Rethinking the purpose of Biblical stories

Adam K
Backyard Church

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Does a story have to be 100% historically accurate for it to contain meaning, purpose, and transforming power?

I don’t think so.

So why do people impose those standards on the stories in the Bible? After all, the Bible never claims to be a book of history.

Yet, in conversations about the creation narrative in Genesis, conservative believers often insist, “We MUST believe in a literal 7-day creation or we will begin to question everything else in the Bible” or “These stories MUST be factual or else they are not meaningful”.

I used to see things that way, but then I kept having real-life encounters with fictional stories and observed how they could shape and mold us. It got me thinking maybe my old perspective wasn’t as accurate as I once believed.

The stories in the Bible may not be factually, historically, or scientifically accurate, but they still have the power to reveal God’s character. And they can teach us about ourselves. The even have the power to transform us if we will allow them.

How stories work

I think about stories like The Tortoise and the Hare. We all know what happens in this…

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Adam K
Backyard Church

Follower of Jesus. Husband. Father of two. Missionary. Foodie. Mdiv. Searching for a space to share, learn and grow.