History is a very interesting and important subject. It can be helpful to know what others have done and said in the past so we can learn from them. But we should not accept something as truth simply because a historical (possibly fictional) figure or historian said something was so.
There are a couple of reasons why. The first is that human beings are not always right. The second is that historians and historical records are often wrong, incomplete, misinterpreted and even fabricated.
Even if the person existed and the record of what they said has been accurately preserved, aside from the fact that the person might have been wrong, there’s also the problem of interpretation. It’s very common for two or more people to view the same statement or story in very different ways and translate it as such.
Anything another person says, including that of historical figures and historical records, should be viewed in light of what your own heart tells you and measured against your own experiences.
And yes, this includes the bible. And all other religious texts.
“Our knowledge of any past event is always incomplete, probably inaccurate, beclouded by ambivalent evidence and biased historians, and perhaps distorted by our own patriotic or religious partisanship. Most history is guessing, and the rest is prejudice.” ~ Will and Arial Durant, The Lessons of History
Forget about the doctrines you’ve been taught for a moment. Do the words on the page speak to your soul or not? And if so, which parts speak truth to you and which parts insult you? These are important questions to ask. And it’s up to each of us to answer them for ourselves.
It’s not up to a preacher, teacher or counselor to tell you what to think and then you simply believe them. Either the words on the page speak something to you personally, or they don’t. Don’t pretend they do if they don’t. And don’t pretend they don’t if they do.
If religious texts serve any purpose at all, it’s not to fill your head with stories or lessons on morality, but to reconnect you with your true self.
What would happen if you decided to discard all the doctrinal beliefs you were taught and simply follow your heart? Do you think you would be okay? Do you think anything bad would happen because you chose not to believe something another human being said? Why should you believe that God can reveal things to other people, but not to you?