Isn’t the Bible really full of legends and myths?
What is the main point or the thesis statement of the Bible?
Jesus says, “The Scriptures testify concerning me.” The central message of the Bible is that Jesus Christ is that person in whom God is fully revealed. Jesus says, “If you see me, you see the Father.” For this reason, we must take the whole Bible seriously, because Jesus Christ took the entire Bible so seriously. He always referred to the Scriptures as facts, not myths or legends. Faith becomes the new pair of glasses for which we can accept and clearly see the whole Bible to be true. Without these glasses, the message and the stories of the Bible become out of focus and unclear, therefore difficult to grasp.
I would agree that the Bible contains many miracles that simply cannot be explained to satisfy our human minds. In the Old Testament, we read about snakes talking in the garden, a giant fish swallowing a man and the dividing of a great sea. By struggling with the truthfulness of these miraculous stories, we allow the elements behind the story to interfere with the central message. With Adam and Eve, the point of the story is not that a snake talks. The point is that Eve fell for a lie about who God was in her life. She thought she could improve herself by doing something. As a result, she no longer became what God intended her to be. God’s grace was not enough. This story is very important because it reveals the existence and the essence of sin.
The Bible is not about believing in miraculous stories. The dominant theme of the Bible is our problem of sin. Sin works as a blind spot in our lives. The Bible has a way of pointing to an area in our lives to which we are not looking. The Bible reveals our weaknesses and innermost needs that we kept effectively hidden. As a result, we get embarrassed or defensive, because we don’t like to admit we are wrong or lost. When we begin to understand sin, we start to grasp the radical message of faith found in the gospel.
Jesus Christ came to erase sin. God desires to re-establish a relationship with his creation through the life, death and resurrection of his Son. Through Christ’s death, believers have new life. All the miracles in the Bible point to this one central truth. So, our problems with the Bible can cloud our understanding about what the Bible is supposed to be. Be patient with the perplexing parts of this God-inspired book and open yourself up to its transforming power. It is the words of the Bible that will lead you into a relationship with the Savior.
** This question and answer was inspired from the book, “Letters from a Skeptic” by Dr. Gregory A Boyd and Edward K. Boyd, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1994.