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.

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. 

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!

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?

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. 

JingJang5
JingJang5

Blessed be God. Blessed be His holy word.

m.james61
m.james61

For the record, I am the being commonly referred to as "God," Though I prefer to be called "Mike," and I did not authorize the bible, new or old testament. 

RexBloodgarm
RexBloodgarm

Not all of the bible necessarily has to be 'fake' or made up, and I'm an Atheist. 

In the old days, people thought that you could cure mental illness' by drilling a hole into their skull to let out demons. Absurd, right? To them, that made perfect sense, because of their lack of technology and knowledge of how humans tick. That's what I think most of the bible is, just trying to prove things without the right technology. 

But I'm still open to whatever. Whichever one is right, The big bang or God, both of them are still both astonishing acts of nature and still deserve to be praised or at least researched. If he's not real, oh well. If he is, there's going to be lots of happy people saying "I told you so!" and it'll make us more open to the spiritual side of things, and get rid of the question of "Who put us here and why are we here?".

PrometheusDeity
PrometheusDeity

You can bet that if this was the Qur'an the Costco people would have to go into protective custody or squads would be sent to chop off their heads.

MichaelSmith5
MichaelSmith5

As a believer, I find this extremely insulting that Costco would dare to reverse their position on book classifications.  The Bible is fiction.  Even as a believer it would be insane to believe that the old testament is perfectly factual when it was pass down for hundreds of years before anyone EVER wrote it down.  Mean while the first books of the NEW testament where not written down until about 30 years after Christ died, while others where passed by word of mouth for nearly a hundred.  Then after several hundred years of competing versions of every book in the bible, the various priest came together and edited them, combined some, threw out others, and declared the compilation the word of God.

To each there own, as to your faith.  I do not question or judge anyone on their religious believes.  But man wrote the bible, and rewrote it, and rewrote it.  The same is true for books of most, if not all faiths.  Keep in mind I am not questioning the faith, only the authenticity of the BOOK. For those who disagree, that's fine, I respect your opinion.  For those who wonder why? Because I believe God loves us all, and will judge the whole of our lives based on how we live.... not what version of religion we follow.

UncleFishbits
UncleFishbits

When are we allowed to get past false equivalency, and simply call people out for their totally bizarre belief systems?

AndrewATX
AndrewATX

The bible is fiction.  Sure it does contain some factual information, but so do many fictional works.  Nevertheless, Costco will do what the consumers want, regardless of whether they were right or not in labeling it fiction.  They don't want to lose money over a label.

CitizenDave
CitizenDave

Gee will there ever be an end to this battle between those who believe in divine beings and those who act like they know everything and as such should be treated as divine beings, when in fact all of you need to learn to read.

Ancient texts (including the bible) are commonly used as part of a methodology of corroboration for archeological discovers all the time by highly respected scientists.

So you can’t say the bible is all fake because we know for certain that many parts of it are quite accurate. However, other parts have not been dis proven, they just remain un-corroborated just like thousands of other ancient texts discovered and undiscovered.

Grow up all of you, you are embarrassing yourselves with your trite, primitive quest for personal domination over non sequiturs!


bcinwi
bcinwi

two things can not be proven by science....religion is one of them....if it can not be proven how can it not be fiction....faith does not make that collaboration of stories fact

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

@m.james61 

We know you're just joking. People who fail to grasp spirituality usually think they are God. They usually have great disappointments in life.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@RexBloodgarm You CAN NOT have both science and "god" of the Christian/Jewish/Islamic varieties.

It's not a matter of "whichever one is right".  One is absolutely positively WRONG.  And here's why:  Proof.

When claiming things of an extraordinary nature (Gods), one DEMANDS extraordinary proof.  All of the things claimed by science has evidence (you know, facts) to back it up.  Although subject to interpretation as to how things fit, those facts actually support the assertions.  If the facts don't, the assertions change.  In short, conclusions in science are supported by facts, and if the facts change, so do the conclusions.  God's existence is a conclusion that never changes despite the complete and total lack of reliability or consistency of any facts to support that conclusion.

That's why science is real, and Gods are fiction.  You base conclusion on facts.  You don't keep trying to use facts to support a predetermined conclusion.  Those with critical thinking skills understand the vast difference between those ideas.  Those without adequate brain power do not.

It's pretty much that simple.

There is no "either/or" here.  There is no both.  There is just reality.  And science is a lot better at describing it than 2000 year old tomes which itself was in part cherry-picked from other crap derived from Ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian myths.

StaceyHall
StaceyHall

@PrometheusDeity Funny, I see a whole lot of christians arming themselves and their children talking about a holy war and how they are somehow being persecuted (that reads as "being laughed at"). I'm far more in fear of being shot for expecting your church to stay out of my government than I am of some mysterious muslim with a machete coming after me for not believing his god exists either. Not a whole lot of headlines in the US proclaiming "Muslim beheads 14 People On Murderous Machete Rampage! His facebook stated he was angry the koran wasn't displayed in city hall and Obama wasn't going to take his knives away!".


Delphi
Delphi

@CitizenDave If you hope for two groups to respect on another, but insult one of those groups in your opening appeal for them to get along, well, you're not going to get very far!

It is true that reading old books can help the scholar. For example, the Iliad helped archaeologists locate Troy. But there's a limit to that sort of approach. For example, how long before we corroborate the existence of Zeus and Apollo?

JDinLA
JDinLA

@CitizenDaveYes, ancient texts are used by archeologists ... some of them inlcude the Iliad and the Odyssey and the Epic of Gilgamesh.  Do you think that means those are factual and belong in nonfiction?  And please tell us which parts of the Bible are supposedly "quite accurate" ... and what is the corroboration for that?  How about Adam and Eve and the talking snake, for starters?

GAT
GAT

Faith is belief without proof.

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. 

Delphi
Delphi

@JDinLA @CitizenDave The bible remarks on a number of events that actually happened. Eg., The Babylonian empire really did conquer Judah and sack the city of Jerusalem. Of course that doesn't mean everything is historically accurate, far from it, but some stuff is.

TylerHart
TylerHart

@GAT faith is illogical... Do you have faith that your tires will last forever... What if you didn't know tires eventually pop or go flat?  would you bet your life on it because firestone told you they last for ever... and you have to have "Faith"