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A short story or parable which, although not based on fact, conveys moral instruction and illustrates the wisdom or foolishness of a certain course of action. Referring to the transfiguration where Christ’s divine identity was revealed to Peter and two other disciples, he said, “We did not follow cleverly invented stories or myths... but I saw with my own eyes” (Mk 9:2-8; 2 Pet 1:16-18). The Bible is not a collection of man’s ideas about God. Rather it is God’s very words and revelation of Himself through people to people.

See also: facts, myths, parables, truth.

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