Of Fairies, Fancies, and Fantasies
A Facebook friend of mine recently posted a picture of what was claimed to be the mummified remains of a fairy, with a comment / caption that fairy remains had been found and that we must decide for ourselves. Well, it didn’t take long for me to determine that the picture / story was a hoax. A very quick and simple search on Google took me to snopes.com with an article wherein which the person who had committed the hoax, had confessed that it was an April fools hoax in 2007.
What surprised the original hoaxer though was that even after he had confessed to it being a hoax, many people were undeterred and still believed the story, including the existence of fairies. What was more interesting though was his statement that a previous fairy hoax (the Cottingley Fairies), had only been determined / revealed to be a hoax after 50 years. That is a long time for a hoax to be active and believed. And this saddened me even more.
You see, if a story (hoax) had gone on for 50 years, it is very probable that there were people who had heard the story and died believing that story. They died believing that fairies were real. They died believing that there was more than God. They died believing a lie.
I simply cannot understand why is it that people run after all sorts of stories that in the end prove to be misleading or false. Why can they simply not just read the Bible and be happy with it?
I mean, the Christian Bible as we have it today, has been around for nearly 2,000 years now. The Old Testament portion even longer at close to 2,500 years, with portions of it believed to be as old as 3,500 to 4,000 years. And even though it was written over a period of more than 1,500 years in three different languages by forty different authors from different walks of life, living on three different continents, the story remains unchanged and focused on Jesus.
How about the fact that its Old Testament content has been preserved like none other, with the transcribers counting every letter, syllable, word and paragraph. Have the works of Plato and Aristotle ever been preserved like that? And yet most would not hesitate to quote unequivocally from them!! What about the fact that the New Testament is written responsibly, soberly, accurately, and without the bizarre and extravagant displays or blatant mythologizing found in many ancient writings. Or the fact that there is a wealth of manuscript evidence that was written within two generations at most of the actual event, resulting in the textual credibility being virtually uncontested in all but detail.
Is that enough? Or shall we talk about the archaeological evidence that supports the Bible, including those things that people raised in the past as being ‘fictitious’? Or the fact that it would be a ‘statistical miracle’ for only eight of the sixty one major prophecies concerning Jesus to actually be fulfilled (that is come true as predicted / prophesied) – one in ten to the power of seventeen (1:1017; one is to one hundred thousand trillion; and that’s only eight of them!!!)?
The Bible as we have it today, is the most credible book in all of history. It stands out as being pre-eminent amongst all other literary works as to circulation, influence and comparative religions. No other book has influenced literature or even civilisation itself, as much as the Bible has. With its content being gripping, comforting, convicting and freeing, it speaks to the very soul of man. And it has survived the continued attack upon its credibility from both time and man for centuries. Why? Because it is based on real and observable facts that have been preserved by God through man, for the benefit of all of our salvation. God is great. And His Word endures forever (see Isaiah 40:8).
As a professor once remarked to Josh McDowell:
If you are an intelligent person, you will read the one book that has drawn more attention than any other, if you are searching for truth.
Do you believe the Bible to be real? Do you read it as the very words of God? What is preventing you from not reading it? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say
Isaiah 40:8 (NIV) The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.
The following books were consulted in the preparation of this post. As such, most of the content was derived through research and even though paraphrased from the original work, is not my own original thought. As such, it cannot be quoted.
- A Case For Christ by Lee Strobel (1998)
- God Wrote a Book by James MacDonald (2004).
- Is Believing in God Irrational by Amy Orr-Ewing & Ravi Zacharias (2008).
- The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell (1999).
Posted on March 26, 2012, in Christianity, Doctrine, Theology and tagged Bible, Christianity, fairies, fairy, God, hoax, hoaxes, Scripture, Scriptures, Word of God. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.