History is not truth, yet many expect it to be.
Stories of the past, are just that: stories.
It’s not the truth which should be the focus, rather: examine the patterns and meanings assigned to these stories. History is no different than reading tea leaves since what matters is how we use and move upon the story/history tale which makes the difference in our lives.
So now this post meanders to the Bible. I encounter people looking to it as a source of history. Some will show the errors to the tales, some will show how it matches to actual events.
And the point is : Not to get confused. Ok now bible thumpers of both sides (Atheists and Christians both) will hit me. It doesn’t matter which stories are true and which ones are fables. As its about how we learn from the tales that matters!
I am not a Christian, yet I recognize the bible as a deep collection of humanities stories. Some have truth, some are not, some have errors in transcription, some are… -> It all adds up to being a very human book. As a result it is a valid path to examine ourselves within which to become better.
I have known many Christians who thru the bible have come to almost exactly the same place to which I as a Taoist live within. In that the secret is acceptance of life and exploring our stories. That life is to be what we are: Human very human, each and every day a person. 🙂