The Bible should be read like any other document that you would read. You should it read it at face value unless there is an obvious indication within the text that it is employing the use of a figure of speech or a similitude. Oh, and yes. The Bible actually says that it uses figures of speech.
- "I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets."
Why should you take the Bible seriously as you would any other non-fictional document? Well, because it is 100% true and factual and if you are wrong, then you are playing a huge game of chance with your eternal soul.
Do you doubt God's Word is true?
Well, there are plenty of evidences that back it up.
In fact, when I renewed my faith, I have personally catalogued 4 major groups that back up the Scriptures. These categories are Science, History, Ethics, and the Divine Finger Prints Within God's Word. Although I have come to realize that most people are not convinced by evidence, it can be useful to help those few people who are actually interested in seeking the truth.
Well, anyways, this is my list I have personally created for anyone who wants to research the topic on the internet for themselves.
Biblical Evidences: Supporting the Truth of God’s Word
(Have been found in):
(1) Earth & Space Sciences
(In Geology, Paleontology, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Astronomy)
(2) Physical Sciences
(In Chemistry (i.e. Periodic Table) and Physics (i.e. Natural Laws of Matter and Energy))
(3) Life Sciences
(In Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Human Biology, and Medicine)
(4) History: Anthropology
(Anthropological Evidences in our Modern Day Culture (i.e. Cultural Apologetics) in Current Pictorial Art, Literature, Linguistics, and Religion)
(Anthropological Evidences in Etymology, Chronometry, and Written Eyewitness Accounts within World History, and Church History (i.e. Ecclesiology))
(5) History: Archeology
(Philology (Such as the textual verifications of the Dead Sea Scrolls), Artifacts, and Architecture)
(6) History: Global Events
(Accounts of a Global Flood and A Long Day Within History (As described in the book of Joshua) have been recorded among hundreds of cultures worldwide)
(7) Teleology and Mathematics: The Statistical Probability for Life on Earth & the Beauty and Wonder Within Nature Itself
(The Amazing Chance of Perfect Life Conditions, Aesthetics (or Beauty), A Design or Order to The Universe (Micro-Physics & Biology (See the Sciences)))
(Things Within Nature That declare the glory of the Godhead)
(8) Epistemology: Absolute Truths
(Reliable Unchanging Truths that Beneficially Guide Us in Our Everyday Lives)
(9) Ethics: Laws Written in Our Hearts
(That Tells Us Certain Things are Wrong)
(10) Ethics: Laws of the Land
(Systems that Govern, Protect, Punish, and Hold Together All Societies (Which is a Reflection of the Afterlife))
(11) Bibliology: Fulfilled Prophecies
(The Fulfillment of Messianic Prophecies, Israeli Prophecies, Prophecies of Other Nations, and The New Testament Prophecy of Man's Denial of God’s 6 Day Creation and the existence of a World Wide Global Flood)
(12) Bibliology: An Attack on God's Word
(With Biblical Cults, Modern Bible Versions, the Anti-Creationist World Movement, and the Banning / Restriction of the Bible in Other Countries)
(13) Bibliology: Bible's Time Tested Moral Laws & Lessons
(The Statistics of People Improve When They Adhere to Biblical Moral Standards)
(14) Bibliology: Bible Numerics
(Message Based Numerical Patterns within the Scriptures That Glorify God (Note: This is not Bible Numerology that attempts to tell the future with numbers))
(15) Bibliology: Bible Codes or The Intricate Hidden Messages
(The Genealogical Line of Christ Message, The Hebrew "Torah-God" Message, Old Testament Typifications of Christ)
(16) Bibliology: Amazing Harmony of God's Word
(The Bible Has A Connected Central Character, A Primary Storyline, Major Themes, Moral Teachings, People, Places, and Events Listed (Without Error) And It Was Written in 66 Books Over Thousands of Years by Over 40 Different Authors)
(17) Thaumatology (Study of Miracles):
(Unexplained Miraculous Events that Have Taken Place as The Result of Prayer)
(18) Parapsychology: Spiritual Encounters
(Experiences From Both Good (i.e. God and his Angels) and Evil (i.e. Demons, and or Paranormal Activity such as Ghosts, and Aliens) (Note: certain aspects of study in this field should be limited or restricted for it is dangerous to seek out that which is evil)
(19) Christology: Jesus vs Other Religious Leaders
(The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ Versus Other Prophets or Religious Figures)
(20) Soteriology (Study of Salvation):
Testimonies of Born Again (Bible believing) Christians
(And Their Changed Lives)
However, to help you out in your research on some of these bible evidences: Here are two links you may want to check out (that will hopefully blow your mind)...
In any event, after your have done an extensive and objective research on the Truth of God's Word, if you want to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, then check out one of these two links here...
Please be well.
And may God bless you.
With loving kindness to you in Christ: