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Costco bibles: Pastor finds Bibles labeled as ‘fiction’

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CALIFORNIA (KTLA) -- A pastor at a California church made a perplexing discovery while shopping at a local Costco.

Caleb Kaltenbach, the pastor of Discovery Church, was looking for a gift for his wife when he saw Bibles labelled as "Fiction."

So, he took a picture and tweeted it to his congregation with the caption, "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of fiction…hmmmm."

"I was completely offended. I believe the Bible is real and it shouldn't be marked fiction," church member Shellie Dungan said.

Costco issued an apology on Wednesday.

"Costco's distributor mislabeled a small percentage of the Bibles, however we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution," Costco said in a statement.

"In addition, we are immediately relabeling all mislabeled Bibles. We greatly apologize for this error."


  • Blake Pilkenton

    Lol Well if he or anyone else can prove that it isn’t just a bunch of bologna then you should do something about. Getting tired of all these religious folks…..

  • Sarah

    Well, there are many more of us religious folk then there are of you.

    Typically, books of religious nature are categorized as “Religion” not fiction.

  • Katie

    I’m sorry you think the Bible is fiction, myth, and “bologna”. I will pray that you find the Lord. If you don’t, then I pray for your soul when you are in front of him being questioned about your naive and insensitive remarks.

  • Barbara

    simple respect. Is that too much to ask of anyone? I have my beliefs, which include God, and you have yours. We can still have mutual respect. If you can’t manage that then please take a look at your own behavior before condemning “religious folks”…actually we have a passage that talks about taking care of the plank in your own eye before pointing out the speck of dust in your neighbor’s.

    • JT

      OK, I’ll bite on this one. First, please do not take what I am about to say as an affront to your belief system. I think Barbara is correct–just because we don’t see eye-to-eye on a subject, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to be combative towards one another. I look at this as an opportunity for us to understand one another. And that is what Jesus wanted us to do–love, understand, and be respectful of one another. But to address your question, Jeanne, if we understand the Bible to be primarily an historical document (and certainly the Old Testament is, and the New Testament is, in many respects, an historical document), history is fiction. It is written by the victors. For example, we teach our children that Columbus was a hero that discovered America. In Latin/South America, they teach that he was a warrior that conquered the Americas. Same thing here. Further, mythology is a way for us to understand the world around us. As an example, the ancient Greeks did not understand that when 2 clouds, one containing positively charged ions and the other containing negatively charged ions, rub against one another, it creates static electricity. And because electricity seeks to ground itself, it strikes the tallest object on a particular plane. Because science did not exist, the ancient Greeks looked outside the natural world to the supernatural world to explain this. Therefore, they created Zeus to explain why lightning strikes. The same is true of the Bible–it isn’t so much that God created man. Rather, man created God to explain phenomena that we did not understand at the time. Does that make sense? Again, please don’t misconstrue the nature of this message–I am not trying to insult you or change your mind. That would be an exercise in futility. Rather, I am trying to clarify my point of view so that we may both better understand one another. And if we both understand one another and respect one another, we are on the way to living with one another in peace. Hope that clarifies my comments–I hate vitriolic rhetoric; it solves nothing and further serves to divide us when what we really need is to come together.

      • David

        Excellent and thoughtful post, JT. I’ve never thought about what you said regarding history being fiction, and I can understand older history, but what do you think about more current history? Say something like 50 years ago? In our more modern society, history can be much more factually documented than it could 100 or more years ago.

    • Allen

      Do you have any PROOF that it isn’t fiction? Until you can prove that is is factual and the events portrayed actually occurred then at best it should be considered mythology. If this had been a Koran or other religious book would you consider them fiction or do you also accept them as factual?

      • JT

        I think if you read the previous post, you’ll see the proof. History and mythology are both fiction, and as historical/mythological documents, all religious texts are fiction. So yes, the Koran, the Torah, the Baghavad Ghita–they are all historical mythology, which makes them fiction.

  • JT

    Hi David–thanks for your post. To answer your question, even more recent history is fictional. Now, that doesn’t mean that the events aren’t facts, but the historical interpretation of them (done by men, of course, and therefore subject to human weaknesses and failings) or what we might call “truth” is entirely subjective and therefore fiction as well. For example, the fact is we dropped two bombs on Japan during the end of WWII. Older generations interpreted this set of facts to be a sort of “mercy killing;” it saved lives and ended the war. But modern historians state that this was a device used to both end the war and, more importantly, frighten the Russians. So, which one is the “truth?” Either? Neither? Both? Because we “won” WWII, we’re inclined to say it had to be done; however, the Japanese will say something different. So that interpretation of facts is what makes even recent history fiction–it is interpreted and written by those who win wars, so we have a cultural bias. And it is that bias that makes the interpretation of those facts fiction. Does that make sense?

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