This is all religion. And it is all based on belief. Either you believe or you do not believe. It has nothing to do with objective fact, only subjective fact. Thus, when a believer calls something "fact", it really means that that person believes it. The so called "fact" is the "fact" of that person's belief. Religion is personal to the individual and his/her relationship with God has nothing to do with chruch doctrine or dogma, only his/her personal beliefs. When an individual rests his/her ability to understand, solely on the written texts of any particular religion, that person is setting the outer limits of her ability to make her own personal relationship with God. One should not cloak oneself with ignorance, but instead should encourage thought, debate and alternative sources of information. It is also very important to understand the basis for any credibility one attaches to any information source. Always ask the question, "What is it about this particular text which tends to make the information contained therein reliable?" For example, the term, "Scripture" is typically used in the context of religion. It is merely a name or term that believers use to identify certain texts or writings, typically contained within either the new or old biblical texts. Using the term "Scripture" to dscribe such texts does not add or detract from their intrinsic value or credibility, however some individuals may tend to revere texts if they are identified as "Scriptures." Such "Scriptures", although questionable as to their accuracy of portrayal of historical events, are generally given the most weight by individuals who believe them to be true. However it is those same individuals who are usually reluctant to apply objective tests of reliability to anything remotely related to their religious beliefs. Always question the source of the information as well as the knowledge and motivation of the individual who tells you what is written authority and what is not written authority.