Lately I have encountered some people who have asked is the Bible true? They have been struggling with portions they have read that they can’t accept or understand. I don’t know anyone who reads the Bible deeply who doesn’t struggle with some parts.
There are lots of reasons why this happens. Part of it has to do with perspective. I see two perspectives that I encounter the most. Those who read literally. That is to say those who see every word as factual and historically true.
Then there are those who see it from the perspective of seeing some parts as historical fact, some parts as metaphorical and some parts that combine history and metaphor. I fall into this category.
The writings of the Bible were written in a different age. To understand as best as we can we have to understand the historical setting. We have to explore the culture of the time and how language was used then and has changed. We must look at when the various parts were written and the best conclusion about who wrote each part. This is a lot to know and we are still accepting the writings of the scholars who have studied all of this.
Reading the Bible is a challenge and a blessing. We are delving into something that is full of stories, poetry, drama and much more. How we understand what we read is also affected by our own background and knowledge base. Each of us will find different meaning because we are all different. However, the Bible is full of wisdom and truth. There is a difference between true and truth. True is what we can see, smell, hear, touch, and feel. Truth is deeper than that. It is something that resonates in our soul. Truth is abundant in the Bible. Is it true? I think the better question is “is there truth in it?