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Can We Believe The Whole Bible

Should we believe everything the Bible says, or take some of it has parables (stories)?

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Rocky, First, become a Christian, then get yourself a Holy Bible which is recorded to be written and authored by the finger of God-
--Eloy 10/5/11
Are you saying that only those who believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God can be Christians? If so, I say baloney and so do many religions and good Christians. I am a Christian and have been one over 50 years and have owned many Bibles over that course of time. Right now I have three in my house plus one on my computer. Your comments are arrogant and foolish.
---Rocky on 10/5/11


Rocky, First, become a Christian, then get yourself a Holy Bible which is recorded to be written and authored by the finger of God- not necessarily in that order, for you may get a Holy Bible first before getting saved. And then after you are a Christian, whatever questions you have Look it up.
---Eloy on 10/5/11


Sorry rocky, my the Holy Scriptures are God inspired thru man. I feel sorry for you because you are on a biblical web site and don't believe the bible came from a Holy God.
---shira4368 on 10/5/11


Also to MarkV:
Did Jesus say he would leave a Bible to guide us?
Rom_7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Joh_14:17 Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Act_2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
---Rocky on 10/5/11


A parable is not a fable, but instead a parable is a testimony of a true event, indicated by Christ detailing real proper names with real places in his parables.
Eloy on 10/5/11
What was the name of the shepherd in the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15?
What was the name of the prodigal son, his father, or his brothers in Luke 15?
At what real place did they occur?
Same questions for the two women in the field and the faithful servant (Mat24).
Actually it is just the opposite the parables were generally very unspecific and likely did not nor were they intended to represent any person or real event.
---Rocky on 10/5/11




Why would God put something in His Word that wasn't true?
--shira 10/5/11
The Bible isn't HIS work but man's. Men make errors. Men made interpretations of His word, then argue for their own interpretations and got their own interpretations put in the Bible. Men recorded what Jesus said in many, sometimes conflicting, manuscripts, translated it, recopied it, decided what books to include and exclude, and which manuscripts to use. Later men translated it into other languages, with multiple revisions in some. Bilingual people know the complications encountered in translating simple topics from one language to another, complicated topics in the Bible are even more difficult. The Bible wasn't assembled in final form in Greek to after 300AD.
---Rocky on 10/5/11


Scientist and men always think they are smarter than God.
---shira4368 on 10/5/11
Perhaps some do. More just disagree with people who wrongly think they know Gods word or speak for him. Those scientists and men are not disagreeing with God, but with what men write and say about God. This is not surprising since those who say they know Gods word often speak many contradictory and mutually exclusive things.
---Rocky on 10/5/11


markv, First of all, disregard the reply I posted, because I thought I was replying to "Mary's" reply, whom is the original poster of this blog. But since you are not "Mary", but "MarkV", disregard my reply. As I stated earlier, I have ceased replying to you because it is manifested that you have no light and desire to remain in darkness. I focus on those truly seeking the truth, and I redeem the time, and whensoever you decide to become one of these then you too will become gladly communicated by me: and until that time, do not address me until you are ready to accept the truth.
---Eloy on 10/5/11


Mary, Yes, believe the whole Bible. A parable is not a fable, but instead a parable is a testimony of a true event, indicated by Christ detailing real proper names with real places in his parables. "parable", comes from the Greek words: "para-" + "boule" > Eng: "parallel counsel", "again establish", "retelling".
---Eloy on 10/5/11


Rocky, the bible is the written Word of God. Why would God put something in His Word that wasn't true? The whole written Word of God is true from one end to another. Scientist and men always think they are smarter than God. Instead of the bible lining up with science, science should line up with the Holy Word of God.
---shira4368 on 10/5/11




Eloy, first, my name is not Mary, It's Mark. Second, I implied no such thing. In fact I stated what Scripture said,
"And He said, To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that
Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand"

Which means it was given to believers only not to the others that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand"
your definition of a parable is also wrong. Parables have two basic purposes. The first of these is to reveal Truth to believers (Matt. 13:10-12: Mark 4:11). Jesus use of parables was to cause a lasting impression often far more effectively than ordinary literal explanations.
---Mark_V. on 10/5/11


Eloy 2: A good example of this is when Jesus could have said, "You should be persistent in your prayer life" which probably believers would have quickly forgotten. Instead He told them of a widow who kept begging an unjust judge to help her, until the judge finally decided to help her"
Parables also were used effectively to confront believers with wrongdoing in their lives. If a believe possesses basically sound moral standards and yet fails to live up to those standards in some area of his life, a parable can be an effectual means of point out this discrepancy. One example is found in the case of David and Nathan as told in (2 Sam. 12:1-7).
---Mark_V. on 10/5/11


\\. He probably spoke mostly in Aramaic, \\

Why would Jesus not have spoken Greek? It had been the lingua franca in that part of the world since the time of Alexander the Great. EVERYONE in the Middle East had to speak Greek just to be able to get along.

What language do you think He used with the Syro-Phonecian woman or the Gadarene demoniac--both of them heavily Hellenized areas?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/5/11


The best thing to do is only read what Christ has taught -without the need for concordances, christian dictionaires, novels, etc. -and you won't go wrong.
---Steveng 10/1/11
It's a shame but none can read what Christ actually taught. He probably spoke mostly in Aramaic, but we have no record of his words in Aramaic or Hebrew. The earliest manuscripts of the NT are in the language of a foreign culture, Greek, and were recopied many times. Comparisons of early texts have identified many differences, some assumed to be simple copying errors and others additions by the scribes. Further most people read it translated into a third language, English here, as translated in many different versions using different base texts.
---Rocky on 10/4/11


you were a Christian and I took your word for it. Now you speak against Scripture which really doesn't make sense to me. How can you speak against the inspired word of God?
MarkV 10/4/11
The Bible brings us to Jesus, but we are saved through the working of his Spirit.
Joh_15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
Joh_16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
---Rocky on 10/4/11


MaryV, You imply in your post that we are not to believe parables (stories). And I replied, Yes, we are to believe God's parables also because they are accounts and recountings of truth. Some people believe parables are false stories, and some take the word "stories" to also mean false or something not true. But this is not the case in the Holy Scripture. I know God spoke in dark sayings of old to bar the wicked and the worldly from being blessed, for the wolves cannot not enter into the glory, and those of us whom have his same mind understand perfectly the deep things from God.
---Eloy on 10/4/11


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Rocky, you got me confused again. The first time you answered and said you were a Christian and I took your word for it. Now you speak against Scripture which really doesn't make sense to me. How can you speak against the inspired word of God? I know its not the exact manuscripts for by now most of them are gone. But what we have now is enough to save anyone, if you only believe by faith in the Truth. And you deny Scripture is the Truth. How can you possibly be saved? By what passage are you saved, and how do you determine which passage is true and which is not? Are you the standard of Truth? I know one guy here on the website thinks he is, how about you? Educate me on what is your purpose and how were you saved?
---Mark_V. on 10/4/11


More about the Bible and Archeology - From Wikipedia, see "Bible":
the Biblical account of events of the Exodus from Egypt in the Torah, and the migration to the Promised Land and the period of Judges are not considered historical in scholarship.
On the other hand, the historicity of the Biblical account of the history of ancient Israel and Judah of the 10th to 7th centuries BC is disputed in scholarship. The Biblical account of the 8th to 7th centuries is widely, but not universally, accepted as historical... and there is universal scholarly consensus that the events of the Babylonian captivity of the 6th century onward have a basis in history.
---Rocky on 10/3/11


Scientist and archaeologist are discovering that the Bible matchs the historical timeline perfectly.
--Scott1 9/19/11
That's bunk. Amazon review for "The Bible Unearthed" by Israel Finklestein, director of Tel Aviv University's excavations at Megiddo: "there's no evidence for the existence of Abraham, or any of the Patriarchs, ditto for Moses and the Exodus, and the same goes for the whole period of Judges and the united monarchy of David and Solomon. Infact, the authors argue that it's impossible to say much of anything about ancient Israel until the seventh century". Further, it certainly doesn't match scientists' timelines for creation of world, geology, and evolution. Please provide credible support for your claim.
---Rocky on 10/3/11


either one follows Christ and believes EVERY Word from God Luke 4:4 ...or they follow mortal men their denominations
Rhonda 9/30/11
That's silly. I can "believe in every word of God" without believing that the Bible accurately conveys His words in all that is written there. Jesus never said that he would leave us a book to read to find truth, but that he would leave the Spirit. The Bible was compiled, recopied over centuries, and translated by men, not God. The Bible as we know it did not even exist until about 300 years after Jesus died, and during that time there were also many discussions and disputes about what should be included that were decided by men.
---Rocky on 10/3/11


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Eloy, I was not defining what a parable was. I was explaining why Jesus spoke in parables. He spoke in parables to concel Truth from unbelievers, and explain the Truth to believers.
"And He said, To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that
Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand"
That is the word of the Lord.
Jesus answered the disciples when they asked Him,
"Then His disciples asked Him, saying, what does this parable mean" the parable Jesus had just spoken of, "The parable of the Soils"
---Mark_V. on 10/3/11


\\indicated by Christ detailing real proper names with real places in his parables.\\

As far as I know, there is only ONE parable where Jesus used a proper name: that of Lazarus and Dives (which means "Rich Man" in Latin).

What are the real proper names of the principals in the Parable of the Prodigal Son or the Publican and Pharisee?

How about the real proper name of the woman who turned her house upside down looking for her lost coin?

Where did Christ give them in the Bible?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/3/11


Yes, the whole Bible. A parable is not a fable, but instead a parable is a testimony of a true event, indicated by Christ detailing real proper names with real places in his parables. "parable", comes from the Greek: "para-" + "boule" > Eng: "parallel counsel", "again establish", "retelling".
---Eloy on 10/3/11


Steve, I disagree completely on what you stated, Here is what you said:
for these explain spiritual matters so worldly people can understand spiritual things."
Worldly people cannot understand spiritual matters. Parables are given Jesus said,
"To you (disciples) it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that "Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand" ( Luke 8:10).
Jesus then goes on to explain the parable in (v.11)to the disciples but not to the others.

---Mark_V. on 10/3/11


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All the bible is true even with its parables, similes, and metaphors, for these explain spiritual matters so worldly people can understand spiritual things.

But be forewarned of the interpretations. Today's people are over educated and with a million words in English and ten times that many definitions (even many words have opposite meanings for the same word) there is an abundance of interpretations. Just walk into any christian bookstore and you'll find many interpretations of the same topic - the gospel, for instance. Or just read many of the replies on these blogs

The best thing to do is only read what Christ has taught - without the need for concordances, christian dictionaires, novels, etc. - and you won't go wrong.
---Steveng on 10/1/11


many professing christians do not believe every Word from Holy Scripture - TAUGHT by their lying false ministers who pick and choose some verses yet ignore, dismiss and outright REJECT many other verses ...many even foolishly make claims parables are real stories even when Christ Himself stated he spoke in parables so those who were not converted would understand ...instead those who are not converted IGNORE this statement and insist the stories are "real" because they worship their false ministers who contradict plain truth

either one follows Christ and believes EVERY Word from God Luke 4:4 ...or they follow mortal men their denominations, traditions, and buffet-style christiandom

one cannot SERVE both God and man
---Rhonda on 9/30/11


Dear brother,
am glad that you are challenging the Bible!no body challenges the role of the bible as the oracle of Jehovah God!before saul became paul he was of like mind.The Bible reveals Gods mind,dealings with man,eternal salvation for christians and eternal damnation for all who rebel against the gospel in The Holy Bible
---John_munyansanga on 9/19/11


Christians believe the Holy Scriptures from Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created..." through to the end to Revelation 22:21, "A-men". And parables are true.
---Eloy on 9/19/11


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Ken
//The bible is the greatest work of fiction in the history of mankind.//
Scientist and archaeologist are discovering that the Bible matchs the historical timeline perfectly. Biologist are discovering that many of the commands in the OT are the best practices for health and prevention of disease. For example - In the beginning, scientist now say the universe had a beginning. Historical timeline of the fall of Jerico and the Bible timeline match. We have at least twice as many copies and written much closer to orginial manuscript than any other work. We have a copy of John from 130 to 140 AD the orginial was written approx. 70 to 80 AD. Earliest Homer copy is at least 500 years after orginial.
---Scott1 on 9/19/11


//The bible is the greatest work of fiction in the history of mankind.
---Ken on 9/16/11//
which version of the "history of mankind" do you go by?
---michael_e on 9/18/11


The Holy Word of God is the greatest thing God could have done for us. It is 100% truth. If anyone thinks it is fiction, try interlocking the parts that fit exactly right from Genesis to Revelation. I have said this before, no man could have written the bible. It may have been penned by men but it is the Words of a Holy God.
---shira3877 on 9/16/11


The bible is the greatest work of fiction in the history of mankind.
---Ken on 9/16/11


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The Bible, we are talking about consists of many books of wonders. For these books to have survived the countless years, change in language, customs, traditions and still come together where science, astrologist, and other learned men have tried to refute the validity of its content and failed over and over again. All He asks of us, is to live by faith and allow the Holy Spirit to direct you.
---Blue on 10/25/08


"The Bible, as we have it was assembled by decree of a Roman Bishop in 376AD"

Do a word study on "Scripture" in the Bible. Peter even cites Paul's writings as being included in Scripture. They knew way before 376 A.D. Which books belonged and which did not.
---djconklin on 8/19/07


The Bible, as we have it was assembled by decree of a Roman Bishop in 376AD quotes many books, and not just the apocrypha, as being scripture. Present day protestant theology is based on available scripture. Parts of the Bible conflict with each. Sects, religions fashioned doctrines to balm over those contradictions. The fact remains, the Bible quotes a dozen other books, books taken out, put back in over the centuries for political reasons.
---MikeM on 8/19/07


1.Lost Books of the Bible,The Lost Book of the Covenant-Book of the Wars of the Lord-Book of Jasher
The Manner of the Kingdom
The Acts of Solomon
The Chronicles of the Kings of Israel
The Chronicles of the Kings of Judah
The Book of the Kings of Israel
---MikeM on 8/19/07


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2.The Annals of King David
Book of Samuel the Seer
Book of Nathan the Prophet
Book of Gad the Seer
The History of Nathan the Prophet
Prophecy of Ahijah
---MikeM on 8/19/07


3.Visions of Iddo the Seer
Book of Shemaiah the Prophet
The Book the Kings of Judah and Israel
Book of Jehu
Story of the Book of Kings
Acts of Uziah
Acts of the Kings of Israel
Sayings of the Seers
Laments for Josiah
Book of the Chronicles
Chronicles of King Ahasuerus
Chronicles of the Kings of Media
Epistle to Corinth
Earlier Epistle to the Ephesians
Epistle from Laodicea to the Colossians
Earlier Epistle of John
Missing Epistle of Jude
---MikeM on 8/19/07


all of the bible is true, you just have to understand the context of each passage. too many people pick and choose what to believe, or don't see what a verse is meant to tell us.
---curt on 8/19/07


Betti---I believe I know what you are saying, which is why we have so many great Bible Tools. And the rest of what you wrote about playing God, I totally agree. Have a nice day!
---catherine on 3/9/07


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Betti;"If a name is mentioned it's a true account" Can you give a book chapter and verse to verify that statement? Otherwise you are "choosing" what to believe (exactly what you wrote against!
---1st_cliff on 3/9/07


It's not so much a case of true/not true,but interpretation! "Thou shalt not KILL" for instance must be "interpreted" as you must not murder,else we would all be guilty of breaking this commandment (animals for food,pesty insects etc,) It's "interpretation" where one puts there own spin on it that causes conflicts of opinion!
---1st_cliff on 3/9/07


all of the bible is true, you just have to understand the context of each passage. too many people pick and choose what to believe, or don't see what a verse is meant to tell us.
---curt on 4/24/05

curt sounds like Lisas.
---Sonny on 3/9/07


Yes you can beleive the whole Bible and yes some of it was written in parables. Jesus often spoke in parables, but even these were useful. Remember, even a story can have something important for us to learn. Being a story does not make it any less valid to our faith.
---lorra8574 on 3/8/07


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To answer the question on this blog one needs to consider a few IMPORTANT things.
The Apostles repeatedly quoted O.T. scriptures! Jesus Christ, who taught the Apostles everything they needed to know in order to establish the Gospel, also quoted O.T. scriptures!

In other words, [2 TIMOTHY 3:16] "All Scripture is God-breathed..so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work!"
Yes! Believe ALL scripture [Bible]!
---DePuTy on 3/8/07


It is necessary to interpret the Bible according to several criteria: textual context, historical context, cultural context. It is also necessary to ask yourself, Who is speaking, and who are they speaking to? What is the situation, is it a letter to a group, an individual, history, law? The parables always had a clear purpose to communicate a specific truth, and were about a ficticious person ("a certain man" etc.) If a name is mentioned, it is a true account. As soon as we begin to choose what we want to believe and not believe, we are playing God and that is dangerous ground.
---Betti on 3/8/07


The question should be not do we believe, but do we step out of our comfort zone and live it?
---Dottie on 5/8/06


absolutely, both the old and new testament for it is the revelation of christ...we cannot do away with one as they both compliment each other ... the old pointing towards the coming of christ .. with the new pointing to his return..... i call it our manual book for godly living.
---jana on 5/8/06


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gregg8944: Why did you direct comments to me which appear to have nothing to do with the answers I provided for Jack's "trick questions" as he called them?! What you said seems to be an attack on my person; why would you do that? If you're a Christian, why would you be upset with someone helping others understand the Bible is indeed truthful in what it says? PS: Your ID comes back as "no longer a member," so I must post this here instead of messaging.
---Daniel on 10/19/05


Daniel, you are shadowing the phrase 'dog returning to his own vomit.' And what would somebody call a field full of brightly colored butterflies or swarms of dragonflies or locusts? Eden was closer to their grasp than ours.
---gregg8944 on 10/19/05


[Pt.2] Jack: Again, you don't appear to know that the Hebrew word "oph" (Strong's #05775) often translated as "birds," literally means "flying creatures"; not what English speakers might restrict the word "bird" to!
In fact, the Hebrew phrase often translated as "winged insects" (Leviticus 11:21) is: "oph sherets," but you surely wouldn't call them 'bird insects' would you?
---Daniel on 10/19/05


[Pt.1] Jack: I guess you never studied enough on this to know you can't apply modern-day scientific terms ("rumination") to the Hebrew phrase 'chew the cud'! BTW, because rabbits do appear to go through the same 'motions' as real ruminants, Linnaeus, the father of classification, first placed them in that category. However, since rabbits practice "refection" (eating 'droppings' they've already digested), they do indeed match what the Israelites knew using that simple Hebrew phrase.
---Daniel on 10/19/05


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I love to ask Biblical literalists/inerrantists a trick question.

Do you believe bats are birds, or that rabbits chew cud?

If the answer is, "No," then I say, "Then you don't believe the Bible, because the Bible says these things!"
---Jack on 5/29/05


Just try to read a book that you can believe its entirety and then make a comparision with the Bible. The best is if you can find time to read so called 'bible' of other religions. None of them has a book like the bible. So, you can rest assured that the Bible is a book much much superior and truthful than any book in the world. Well, you can start to pick up any that you cannot believe and post the question here. I hope this will solve our unbelief. You will be encouraged to find many are like you holding that same question mark on the Bible.
---Pek on 5/8/05


The Bible is the ONLY written thing that is the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth. I've had 22 years of earthly schooling and it is NO-THING compared to the Bible. Every Word the Lord gives us is true. EVERY parable Jesus gives us cuts right through the confusion and brings understanding. The Old Testament points to Jesus' coming in the New Testament. I tend to stick with the New Covenant (Testament) but the stories of the Old Testament are no less true. In fact, I'm not so sure we are not just as hard headed as the Israelites and can learn alot from their journey with God.
---Elsie on 5/5/05


All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteouseness. 11Peter 1:20,21 Proverbs 30:5 Psalm These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I hall show you plainly of the Father.
Jn 16:25 I have heard proverbs are earthly stories with heavenly meanings. Jesus would say the kingdom of God is like...and then tell a story.
---Ulrika on 5/2/05


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Elder ... thank you, you put our harmony much better than I could.

God bless
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/27/05


Alan I do understand your use of "T."

To all, Alan's statement about a parable is the proper approach to use when seeking Spiritual Truth. You may not understand, realize or accept the passage as an actual event or a Parable but with Alan's approach you will not miss the message of the passage.

Alan, as you know we have spoke on this before, I do believe the Job story actually happened.

To all, Alan's belief does not hamper mine and mine does not invalidate his dedication to the Truth of Scripture of Love of the Lord and this is the proper way to disagree.
---Elder on 4/26/05


The Bible claims to be factual. Jesus believed that it was, as He frequently quoted from the Old Testament. If it is not, then it is a book of concealed lies, with no delineation of the erroneous parts, and should strictly avoided. If we pick and choose the parts we like, or choose to believe, and throw out the rest, then we create a god of our own design - which is idolatry. So make your choice. Take it all or leave it alone.
---Jerry on 4/26/05


Curt ... I do not need that, because I accept the reason for the inconsistencies, and the figurative passages.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/26/05


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EVERY SINGLE WORD !!
---linda on 4/25/05


alan of UK, you should know that there is available a harmony of the gospels, that shows how the four different viewpoints show one complete gospel.
---curt on 4/25/05


I read everything& follow everything. You should either follow the whole thing or nothing at all.
---candice on 4/25/05


The Holy Bible Scriptures are all about the life of Jesus & his teachings in the NT, "I am the Way, the truth, & the life, HE who believes in me will have Life everlasting"This is the message: those who LIVE by the bible,& its teachings & LIVE their lives accordingly, are assured of Eternal life."Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect"The OT is a book ofHistorical Facts based on the lives of people who live holy & righteous & some not so, who were unscrupulous in their relationship to Almighty God& mankind
---Emcee on 4/25/05


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yes we should believe the whole bible if we are to remain God fearing people for this book is very special, and all constitutions of the world or all laws on earth have theirorigin from the boble so why noy beleve it. it also strenghens our faith.
---namuyanja on 4/25/05


Forever o Lord thy worh is settled. That is simply it, the scripture cannot be broken and that is why the Bible, the word of God is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Believe it and you shall prosper.
---yemisi on 4/25/05


I believe it is MUCH more important to accept the TRUTH of what the Bible says, each little bit, rather than it's literal accuracy.

I do not think God dictated it all ... there are inconsistencies between the gospels, because men recorded what they remembered ... but these do not matter. All there is TRUTH
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/25/05


I believe that Job MAY be a parable. If Job was an actual individual, I cannot imagine that the dialogue between God & Satan, & Job & friends etc was exactly as written. But the story, if not literally accurate, is nevertheless True.

Elder will understand my use of the capital(upper-case) "T"
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/25/05


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The bible has been under questions for over thousands years and has yet to be proven wrong. For those who choose evolution, try making granite evolve or let man try to make it. Bioligy laws are Each kind makes it's own and life makes life. Evolution is life made from nothing, which is impossible
---Kyle on 4/25/05


"IF" we can't believe the whole Bible, by what measure shall we determine which is true and which is not, or which is "only" a parable? Who are we to judge God? Do any of us know more than God?
---tommy3007 on 4/25/05


The Bible's Author is God our Creator, he dictated to his men what exactly to write. Therefore why not believe it all? Should we believe everything that you say, or just some things that you say? This reminds me of an old bumber sticker that i once read: "God said it, i believe it, and that settles it."
---Eloy on 4/25/05


I believe that the entire bible is true and, apart from when it is clear that something is a parable, we are meant to believe it literally. However we must bear in mind that some things are said just to certain people for a specific reason. For instance Paul speaks often just to believers so what he is saying is for them and doesn't apply to non-believers. Parables, of course, whilst not literal, still have a deep meaning from which we are to learn - otherwise they would have been pointless.
---F.F. on 4/25/05


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Mary, a Parable is a story for the illustration of a moral or spiritual truth.

Jesus used many of then to make some Gospel Truths more intelligible and impressive to the memories of His hearers.

A Parable is not the same as a metaphor, figure of speech or simile.

So when you read or hear a Parable think about what Gospel Truth it is trying to impress on your memory.

I even believe the Bible when I read Genuine Cow Leather on the cover. I really believe it is cow leather.
---Elder on 4/25/05


Betti's words are right on!! Many parts of the Gospels are parables, but they almost always tell you that! It's simply a literary device that Jesus used to teach people. However, if you're asking if other portions of Scripture which claim to be historical and factual are just 'stories' rather than truth, my answer would be no! The Bible is what it claims to be: All that we need to know about God and the salvation that He offers us through the death and resurrection of His Son. The "Lack of Proof for Bible Claims" BLOG has some good (some not) answers that might help as well.
---danie9374 on 4/25/05


Mary:
Yes, Mary,we can believe everything the Bible teaches. Of course when it comes to paraboles we are reminded that they are not to be taken literally BUT FOR THE REST we are told:
2 Tim3:16: "all scripture ids inspired by God" Ps119:116 "His word is true...beginning" Math 234:35 "God's word is eternal" Jn 17:17 "truth is contained in God's word" Isa 28:9-10 "as we compare scripture with scripture we will disover truth"
---Pierre on 4/24/05


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