Today’s post is a guest post by Anastacia’s father, Paul Clark Th.D., Pastor of Walnut St. Baptist Church, Hillsboro, TX.


Some Bible stories seem unreal. Isn’t the Bible just stories written by men?”

Let us examine this question in three parts.

1. Some Bible stories seem unreal.

First this questions brings up the fact that some of the stories in the Bible seem unreal. This would mean that they do not seem possible and are so unreal that they should not be understood as being real thus not to be taken literally.

There are some stories in the Bible that are not real but are told for the purpose of making a point. These stories are called parables. They are told with the purpose of teaching a lesson or to emphasize a point. These are clearly understood as not being a record of a real event but clearly fiction for the purpose of proving a point or teaching a lesson.

Lets consider two examples of this.

book-863418_1280-pixabayKing David was told a story about a rich man who stole his neighbor’s pet lamb who killed and fed it to a visitor (2 Samuel 12:1-7). This story was not a record of a real event but was told to help David see his sin and the seriousness of it.

Another example was a story told about the trees of the forest talking to each other about setting up a king to rule over them. Various trees turned down the offer to be king over the trees but when the bramble was asked it agreed to be their king (Judges 9:8-15). This story was told to make a point and was not to be taken as a real occurrence.

But these stories are not the ones which people are referring to when they refer to stories in the Bible which seem unreal. The stories to which they refer are the ones which involve miracles. The flood of Noah’s day, the crossing of the Red Sea by Moses and the Israelites, Jesus and Peter walking on water, and the feeding of the thousands by Jesus with only five loaves and two fish are labeled as unreal.

The fact that these stories required the setting aside of the laws of nature make them seem unbelievable. These seem to be made up stories whose source is found in someones over active imagination. Because they are fantastic in nature they do seem to be unreal.

What would be the benefit to mankind if the miraculous stories of the Bible were fiction?

God would have no reason to give mankind a book for entertainment. These stories are historical facts. They teach mankind that God rules in nature and can set aside the rules of nature as He sees fit. These stories show us that God is all powerful.

2. Isn’t the Bible just stories?

Second, let us consider the content of the Bible. The question raised is “Isn’t the Bible JUST stories?”

hammer-802298_1280-PixabayThe Bible is much more than stories. It is not just an historical record. The Bible contains commandments, instructions on how to do things right, wise counsel, information about the future, songs, poems, and many other things of value to mankind.

Often the stories of the Bible are examples of what men should and should not do giving examples of how we are to behave or not to behave. These stories help man to understand God more and to know what pleases and displeases Him. So the Bible is not “just stories” it is so much more.

3. Isn’t the Bible written by men?

Third let us consider the source of the Bible. The question raised “Isn’t the Bible written by men?”

The Bible was written by men. It was men who took pen in hand and wrote down the words of the Bible. These were men who wrote by the inspiration of God. Some have described the words of the Bible as “God breathed.” By this is meant that these men wrote down what God wanted them to write. The words of the Bible are the words that God wanted mankind to have. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)hand-805288_1280-pixabay

In conclusion let us answer then the question raised.

Some Bible stories seem unreal. Isn’t the Bible just stories written by men?”

The Bible does contain stories that seem unreal and some that are unreal each of these in their turn serve God’s purpose. Those that seem unreal prove God is powerful and those that are unreal teach valuable lessons.

The Bible is much more that just stories.

The Bible contains everything one needs, in both story form and commandments and instructions, to live a happy and productive life that gives praise to one’s creator. The Bible was written by men but they were men who listened to God and wrote what God wanted them to write. The Bible then truly is God’s communication with mankind.

Has God spoken to you through His word? 

Please share a verse that God has laid on your heart in the comments

Paul Clark, Th.D. graduated with a Doctorate of Theology from Texas Baptist Institute-Seminary.  He has been pastoring for 20 years, 13 at his current pastorate, Walnut St. Baptist Church, in Hillsboro, Tx. Bro. Paul has been happily married to his lovely wife for 42 years. They have 3 children and 14 grandchildren. You can find other sermons and lessons from Bro. Paul on his website at Baptistville.org.

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About Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness is a preacher's wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings, and writer. When she's not counting her blessings (or patiently waiting for them to find their shoes) she's writing about them at RockSolidFamily.com, encouraging and strengthening families.
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