In Beddgelert (meaning Gelert’s Grave) in Wales there is a beautiful memorial to a faithful dog. The story is that Lord Llywelyn came home to find his baby son missing from his crib and the family dog covered with blood. In a fit of rage he killed the dog only to hear a cry come from his son whom he found unharmed alongside a dead wolf the dog had killed.
There is a grave and a small memorial in the town. The only problem is that the story was a sentimental piece of fiction and the grave a creation of an C18 publican who wanted to encourage tourism to the town.
Clever spin is not new. Before newspapers, paintings were created of events and poems and ballads written so that the public would be given an image that the leaders of the day wanted the populace to believe: one that support their case.
The Bible is not spin. It has been tested by historians and archaeologists, dissected by theologians and time and time again it is not found wanting. In fact the reverse is true. It shines a light on us and we, humanity, are found wanting. No wonder people, time and time again, seek to discredit it.
But John 8:32 says it all: ”Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The story of the Saviour promised in the Old testament and delivered in the New Testament is an amazing recounting of God’s coherent plan for His people. No spin. No concoction. Always consistent and coherent.