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MYTHS    5'?m2f Is the Bible just myths and legends?

LIZ -- (enters, begins crossing)

AMY -- (follows carrying newspaper, shouts) Elizabeth.

LIZ -- (stops, turns) Amy!

AMY -- You look surprise to see me.

LIZ -- Actually, I thought you would be avoiding me after the
verbal pounding I gave you at the party last night.

AMY -- Just the opposite. I have a gift for you. (offers
newspaper)

LIZ -- (takes paper) A newspaper.

AMY -- It's this morning's newspaper.

LIZ -- What are you up to?

AMY -- Up to?

LIZ -- You're being way to nice.

AMY -- I thought you'd be interested in the headlines. (points
to paper)

LIZ -- (unfolds paper as if opening a bomb) You're up to
something I know it. What did you put in here... a bomb or
something smelly?

AMY -- There's nothing in there. Just the news.

LIZ -- The news.

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- (turns paper over) It's just a newspaper.

AMY -- That's what I said.

LIZ -- Alright. You've got my interest. What's this all about?

AMY -- It's about the headlines. (points)

LIZ -- (reads) "Train crash kills twelve, injures dozens."

AMY -- (nods, smiles)

LIZ -- What about it?

AMY -- Never happened.

LIZ -- What never happened?

AMY -- The train crash. It never happened.

LIZ -- What do you mean it never happened?! It's in the
newspaper! Of course it happened.

AMY -- How do you know it happened? How do you know that the
newspaper publisher is not merely making it all up just to sell
newspapers?

LIZ -- Because... well, they wouldn't do that!

AMY -- How can you be so confident?

LIZ -- Well, for one thing, (points) they give eye witness
accounts of the event. (points) They've got the train's 
black box, the data recorder. How could you possibly believe it 
didn't happen?!

AMY -- Well, it's almost identical to a newspaper story I read
about in a history book over one hundred years ago. According to 
your own logic, if any event has been written about before, you 
can write it off as the retelling of a legend.

LIZ -- (flops paper against own leg in disgust) I knew you were
up to something!

AMY -- What do you mean?

LIZ -- You know what I mean! You don't really believe that this
(offers newspaper) train crash never happened.

AMY -- I don't?

LIZ -- No. This is about our discussion at the party last night.

AMY -- Oh? What discussion?

LIZ -- You know what discussion! I used this same argument
against the Bible. I said the the story of baby Moses floating
in the Nile was just the retelling of a legend from Babylon.

AMY -- So you did.

LIZ -- Well, it's not the same thing!

AMY -- It's not?

LIZ -- No!

AMY -- How do you know? Isn't it POSSIBLE that two different
mothers decided to save their babies from death by floating them
in two different rivers?

LIZ -- Well, I suppose it's POSSIBLE.

AMY -- So, why do you believe it in the newspaper but you don't
believe it in the Bible?

LIZ -- There were eye witnesses here! (points)

AMY -- There were eye-witnesses in the Bible too. As a matter of
fact, the older sister of Moses was alive when Moses wrote the
events of his own early childhood. If his account of the events
were in error, his sister would have refuted him, don't you
think?

LIZ -- Well, I suppose....

AMY -- So, why were you so willing to believe one repeated story
(points) while you were so sure the other repeated story was a
fake or a legend?

LIZ -- I don't know.

AMY -- The standard for historical documents is the same for
newspapers. If a story is written, the historian is obliged to
believe it, in spite of the fact that a similar event happened
in the past, UNLESS there are obvious historical errors or the 
events recorded have been PROVEN to be wrong. Do you have any 
archaeological or historical proof that Moses was lying or
mistaken?

LIZ -- Well, no.

AMY -- Is it possible that if you admit that the Bible is
correct you might also have to admit that you might be wrong
about your relationship with the God who inspired it?

LIZ -- (sighs) Why didn't you bring this up at the party last
night?

AMY -- I didn't want to embarrass you in front of your friends.
It's what Jesus would do.

LIZ -- Speaking of Jesus, did you know that there was also a
Babylonian myth about a guy who died and rose from the dead?

AMY -- There was a train wreck over a hundred years ago. Are you
saying that this (points) train wreck was a myth?

LIZ -- (exits)

AMY -- Where are you going?

LIZ -- (stops, turns) To the library.

AMY -- The Library?!

LIZ -- Yes. (exiting backward) I'm running out of ammunition to
avoid going to church.

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