Columbia, SC — Neal Jones incorrectly suggests that the Bible cannot be accurate or trusted (“The Christmas story: neither fact nor fiction,” Thursday). In reality, though written thousands of years ago by 40 authors, the Bible is seamlessly consistent historically and in its teaching. It was painstakingly reproduced over the centuries — if errors were found in a copy, the entire copy was destroyed and another copy made. Thousands of manuscripts support the Bible’s authenticity.
If someone consistently and repeatedly was irrational or deceiving could you trust them? Clearly you would not. And yet, that is exactly what Mr. Jones would suggest that you do when considering the Bible and Jesus. This is divided thinking. He quotes Paul as a source of knowledge, says he can believe in Jesus, and yet dismisses the “supernatural”. Paul and Jesus himself, believed Jesus to be miracle performer, raiser of and from the dead, healer, calmer of storms, and the list goes on.
Winston Churchill once said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” The Bible can be read literally according to purpose, structure and perspective. I encourage you to do so with an undivided mind; you may actually find the truth.