Costco Apologizes for Labeling Bibles as Fiction

A California pastor tweeted a picture of the label to his congregation

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Big box retailer Costco has apologized for accidentally labeling copies of the Bible “fiction” at a store near Los Angeles.

A local pastor saw the bibles while looking for a gift for his wife and tweeted a picture to his congregation, KTLA reports.

Costco issued an apology Wednesday, blaming the mistake on one of its distributors.

“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,” the statement said. “In addition, we are immediately relabeling all mislabeled Bibles. We greatly apologized for this error.”

[KTLA]

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ErikC.Bach
ErikC.Bach

Why such anti-Christian vitriol from the commentators to this article?  After all, they have won. They have the post-Christian, secular, neo-pagan West that Marx envisioned. "The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith," wrote Hilaire Belloc "Either Europe will return to the Faith or she will perish."  And we are.  Look at the native birthrates in every white nation. Neo-paganism just doesn't inspire large families. The kids we are not having obviously wont pay our SS or pensions, and the new young brown-skinned majority won't either.  They will probably subject old whitey to forced euthanasia.

LenSimpson
LenSimpson

one sad facet of our society is that the people that believe the bible also vote.

ErikC.Bach
ErikC.Bach

@LenSimpson  One sad fact for you is that the people who believed the Bible also founded this country, the West, and are responsible for basically everything that makes your life better and happier.

CapriceErickson
CapriceErickson

This made me laugh. Funny what people get themselves worked up over. Why does Costco even have different stickers for fiction and nonfiction? While I don't think the bible is true, it does belong in the nonfiction section of the library due to its nature. So does poetry. Lots of stuff that is in nonfiction is of questionable veracity. The key is what the intention of the writing is. It is up to the reader to decide what is actual fact. Nonfiction is not an exclusive category for things that are true. It is an inclusive category that lumps together all books that aren't written to be entertaining stories.

sammypulse
sammypulse

Obviously fiction. These things are not a historical account, and that makes it fiction.

Mikhos
Mikhos

Just because you are insulted, does not mean you are right.

Kman8888
Kman8888

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Here is my take on the Bible.In 2010 I saw Jesus and heard god speak 7 days later.Now I know they are real to me.So you can come to me and say you believe me or not, I made this up or not, and I will say it is OK if you believe me or not it is your choice. It does not change what I now know.Since then they have explained many things for me to learn. Some of which I understand, others, I did not like their answer but could not argue.Such as coming home without regret, for both not saying something and saying something to someone I care about far too many years too late because I was more scared of speaking then I was of being buried.So now I feel like I have regret for both speaking and not speaking so I do not fully understand yet.Even selected days have become important to me from what they have spoken to me and what I need to learn.

So my dare to all: disbelievers, believers or any other types of people.When you have a real question to ask that is important to you, not selfish, not condescending ask: Allah, Mohammad, Gabriel, ECT, and Jesus - God. Then let them, guide your hands and eyes to what they want you to learn, whether in the Bible, Quran, maybe even some random book, or statement, even this bible marked fiction.Then see who gives you the most truthful answer whether you like the answer or not and see what you can learn.

WilliamTillis
WilliamTillis

I am impressed with the variety of comments. I am equally impressed with the scarcity of evidence and critical thinking.You, surely would not want someone to rely on your comments as best evidence if your methods of determining truth was faulty.I argue not with your conclusions, rather how you arrived at them.

The Problem
Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.

A Definition
Critical thinking is that mode of thinking - about any subject, content, or problem - in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and
imposing intellectual standards upon them.

The Result
A well cultivated critical thinker:

  • raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;
  • gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;
  • thinks openmindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as need be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences; and
  • communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.

Critical thinking is, in short, self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem solving abilities and a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.  

(Taken from Richard Paul and Linda Elder, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Foundation for Critical Thinking Press, 2008)

GeeRogers
GeeRogers

They later issued an apology for labeling Harry Potter as an autobiography.

goldengrain
goldengrain

Well, I would like a good explanation of what the term 'religious' means to a book department.  I cannot be a belief in God because Buddhism does not make that requirement and it's books are in the religious section - and if a belief in God were the criteria then Wiccan books should be in the religious section, shouldn't they?  

If a belief in thing unseen were the yardstick then the whole New Age section should be in the religious section except perhaps for some - some - UFO books. 

StaceyHall
StaceyHall

What are they going to relabel it as, fantasy? You can have your hopes (I really hope Harry Potter is based in fact) but anyone that has actually read the whole book and has a single iota of reasoning can see it's a work of fiction based on beliefs of the time by men in power that wanted to retain control. The time lines are impossible to believe and most of the stories are hateful to one group or another and improbable at best. Keep your belief of a god, but it's a pretty hateful one in that book that apparently cherry picks very specific people in todays age to bestow random blessings on that can also be called science or happenstance. 

Desirae
Desirae

It isn't a hateful one. God loves everyone so much no on could even begin to comprehend it.

CamelChrist11
CamelChrist11

Talking snakes, Human sacrifice, resurrection. That's sorcery. Bible= Pagan religion from Egypt.

mikediamond
mikediamond

THE B.I.B.L.E.,IS NOT FICTION.OTHER WISE WE WOULD NOT BE HERE! THE  PERSON THAT PUT THE FICTION STICKER ON IT AT COSTCO KNEW BETTER,HE DID IT OUT OF SPITE,OR HE WAS SLEEP WALKING ON THE JOB!

Duffman
Duffman

Your right he does know better & the sticker should have stayed.

Delphi
Delphi

@mikediamond I wouldn't say that. There are a lot of people who genuinely see the Bible as fiction (many posting here), and even more who simply haven't given it much of a thought one way or the other.

ClaudiaS
ClaudiaS

The bible is real because it says it's real. And my uncle is a geisha trapped in an astrophysicist's body because he says he is.

hellofmouse
hellofmouse

@mikediamond the reason that many people here do not believe in the bible is because articles like these attract the attention of nonbelievers. real Christians do not have to go on the internet and kick and scream on an article that has no real, strong impact on what their missionary work is doing. that is because these articles/stories/happenings are just like the articles on yahoo articles. they are all just opinions.

dellflorida
dellflorida

Let us say you have a book and it says the whole universe was created 5,000 years ago.  But the fossils allover the earth show the earth was created billions of years ago.  Should that book be fact or fiction?

Desirae
Desirae

The fossils do not show the earth was created billions of years ago... get your facts straight.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

It was labeled correctly, and so should the Qur'an/Koran, but Costco doesn't want to have a suicide bomber camping out in their stores, bad for business. 

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

@TerryClifton02 

I really don't understand people who become upset about racism and sexism in our world but denigrate people who have a religious or spiritual life. That does not balance for people who also rant about their constitutional rights.I am not saying this is you, but you seem to be leaning in that direction.

colbyjax2
colbyjax2

@lordofthefly @TerryClifton02  If you apply critical thinking skills to the subject of religion, REALLY, fearlessly apply critical thinking skills, there is no other conclusion than that it is harmful from the most personal level all the way up to the whole of humankind. And that is not hyperbole. Many people are coming to understand that, or are even skirting the edge of that realization, thus the rise of atheism and the fact that more and more people are speaking up. Religious belief is not a benign phenomenon. 

JingJang5
JingJang5

Blessed be God. Blessed be His holy word.