The Christ story is true because the Bible tells me so. Like Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator, we ask “what is truth?” Is this scientific truth? No. A peak experience in our life, like falling in love is true, but not scientifically verifiable. There are different contexts for truth. There is a difference between truth in court and truth in a laboratory. There are different kinds of truth. We say, “So help me, God.” Stories, like the parable of the Good Samaritan, are true stories, but do we have to say every part happened exactly the way that the gospel story says that it did. We are influenced by our culture and education. Thus, we share our culture. Otherwise there is no trust, only disbelief. Is truth always black and white? There are degrees, levels, and kinds of truth.
The Bible is the record of the Hebrew people and the early Christians. Thus, we have two kinds of testaments or covenants. The historically older belief system of the people of Israel, was written from around 1,000 BCE to around 150 BCE. On the other hand, the newer testament or covenant was written between 50 CE and 125 CE. However, both testaments or covenants have a common base in the Hebrew Scripture.