The Bible: A strange yet realistically hopeful book


Some people stumble over the Bible because of the strange things they encounter in it. But while there are some strange things in it, the way Scripture corresponds with reality far out weighs the strange stuff. 

The first chapter starts out in a way that fits well with reality. I read of a creator who is said to be responsible for many things that I see around me. Since something cannot come from nothing, it makes sense that a creator is behind everything.

The creator is said to be responsible for things like light, day and night, waters, sky, land, vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees, stars, fish, birds, creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals. These all correspond with reality for all people in all places at all times.

At this point, the creator seems to pause for a special creation. He creates mankind, male and female, in his…

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