One of the major distinctions between the faith about which the Bible speaks and all other faiths is that biblical faith is rooted in historical reality. Some may lay claim that history does not matter. Rather, it is the “idea” on which faith focuses that makes it genuine. From this perspective arises myth. Myth, legend, and fable have the aura of the story, moral didactic, and speculation. These elements are more important than actual history to those who embrace myth, legend, and fable. They feed the imagination for carrying forth specific culture, ethnic claims, or national identity through time.
The 18th century German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher once stated,
Our faith in Christ and our living fellowship with him would be the same even if we had no knowledge of any such transcendent fact [as the Holy Trinity] and even if the fact itself were different.” (Schleiermacher, Friedrich in Toon…
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