Book: What are we up to, sweetheart?From a young age I questioned the concept of Noah's Ark I was told that it just worked and not to question it. When I asked why they answered "you just have to have faith." Now yes, I understand that this isn't limited to Christianity, that most religions rely on faith to answer their questions but how is that an answer? When asked why the grass is green one doesn't give the answer "just believe that it's green", no there's an explanation behind it. Shepherd Book sums it up greatly: "It's not about making sense." Frankly nothing about the bible makes sense.
River: Fixing your Bible.
Book: I, um... What?
River: Bible's broken. Contradictions, false logistics... doesn't make sense.
Book: No, no. You—you can't...
River: So we'll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God's creation of Eden. Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. Eleven. Important number. Prime number. One goes into the house of eleven eleven times, but always comes out one. Noah's ark is a problem.
River: We'll have to call it "early quantum state phenomenon". Only way to fit 5,000 species of mammals on the same boat.
Book: River, you don't... fix the Bible.
River: It's broken. It doesn't make sense.
Book: It's not about... making sense. It's about believing in something. And letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It's about faith. You don't fix faith, River. It fixes you
When further asking about other "contradictions and false logics", as River says I was always told that it was just hyperbole, or that I wasn't supposed to take it literally. Okay... well then if I'm not supposed to take it literally then why are we quoting bible verses to show us what's right and wrong? Am I just supposed to pick and chose what I want to believe? These were all questions I had floating around in my head when learning about these stories.
So then what is the bible? Is it a book that was written as a set of strict rules for Christians to follow, or just a piece of literature that tells stories that may or may not be exaggerated accounts of things that happened? What I settled on it's the latter. There are some historic accounts that back up stories in the bible but for the most part it's just a bunch of mythological stories, no different than the accounts of Loki and Thor in Norse Mythology.
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