Someone once said, “The more outrageous a story is, the more it is believed.”
There is a lot of truth to this statement. Take, for example, some of the stories in the bible. Was there really a talking serpent in the Garden of Eden? Did Jonah truly live in the belly of a great fish for three days? Did the sun actually “stand still” for a full day? Will horses with lions’ heads and tails like serpents really appear in the “last days?” Does God, in fact, sit on a throne in the sky?
Conventional wisdom discounts such fantasies, yet there are hundreds of thousands of Christians who are totally and completely convinced they are TRUE. Why? Because they have been told the bible is “God’s Word” so if God said it (no matter how outrageous), then it must be true.
Sometimes I think people leave their reasoning powers at the door when they take on the label of “Christian." Seemingly intelligent, level-headed, and well-informed people completely turn their back on logic and common sense and begin to believe, and even vehemently defend, some of the strangest stories ever told.
In the course of writing a book on some of the more popular Christian doctrines, I have done considerable research into many of these curious tales and the role they play in modern-day beliefs. It’s been a fascinating and eye-opening study.
(If my book is one that might interest you, drop me a line and I’ll let you know when it’s available.)