January 4, 2017: Is Scripture Just a Story?

Morning: Genesis 7-9; Romans 1:18-32; Evening: Psalm 4

There are stories that we read about in the Scriptures that are just stories containing spiritual truths based upon fictitious accounts. Jesus told Peter a story about an unforgiving servant who owed his master ten thousand talents. Some suggest this would have been comparable to several millions of dollars by today’s standards. When that same servant was forgiven his debt, he was soon found with hands around the throat of one who owed him a hundred denarii, a single denarii said to be about 16 cents in today’s money! Though such an account is theoretically possible, it is probably better to assume that some or even most of Jesus parables were fictitious or loosely based on realistic events rather than trying to force a literal reading of that which was ultimately intended to emphasize a spiritual reality.

There are other stories in the Scriptures, however, that not only must be understood literally, but to suggest anything otherwise would endanger the very integrity of God’s revelation to man. It has become common place to suggest that records like Noah and the flood are just stories and nothing more. “It isn’t possible that Noah could get all those animals on the ark. A world-wide flood is nothing more than a fantasy,” so they say. Such charges do not consider the evidence at hand scientifically, mathematically, archaeologically, Scripturally, and especially the miraculous nature of the event as a whole. Some have shown how the carrying capacity of the ark based upon its dimensions would roughly be equivalent to about 600 railroad boxcars!

It is not for man to dictate the interpretation of Scripture. When Jesus says, “the kingdom of heaven is like,” then clearly there is something being presented to us that is likely fictitious or loosely based upon actual truths to teach us a spiritual truth. When Scripture presents a story like Noah and the flood in the form of an actual historical event, then it is not for us to question its authenticity. Walking with Jesus is not just a story either. His promise to never leave us nor forsake us is authentic and presented to us as fact. “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Think about it… If the flood was just a story, what reason would we have to believe otherwise about the resurrection?


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