During a summer I worked in a resort hotel in Alaska, I zipped into the employee lounge one grey day to find co-worker Carol fanning herself with a folded newspaper. She had lived in Alaska for years. The woman looked downright sweaty.

“What’s the matter?” I asked her, concerned she was ill.

“It’s just so stinkin’ hot!” She complained, slamming her fan on the table. “I can hardly wait for winter when it cools down some.” By “some,” in her community, the temperature could dip to 64 below.

“But Carol,” I reminded her. “It’s only 53 degrees!”

“That’s what I mean!” Carol insisted. “It’s stinkin’ hot!”

As a resident of a largely desert state where an Arizona author once came up with a camping book on how to fry eggs on a rock (or the sidewalk), I pulled my sweater around me. I had an entirely different opinion.

There is always much debate about the weather. Some like it hot. Some like it cold. Most don’t like it windy. But when it comes to a decision about the weather, it’s just opinion and we can’t do anything but accept it as it comes.

When it comes to the Bible, we can do something about it. The first is to read it.

I have heard some usual claims:

“It was written so long ago and revised so many times that it can’t be true.”

“The Bible isn’t consistent. That’s why I don’t read it.”

“It’s too violent!” quipped a reader of the Old Testament.

Isn’t it strange that some of these comments come from a church-going baptized believers?

What does the Bible say? “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16.

So is the Bible fact or opinion? Read it and found out for yourself.

You’ll be glad you did.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing 2011. For more chuckles, check her weekly blog on buttontogod.dev.]