It would make more sense if it the opposite of not real was real, but that is not how we classify literature. For some odd reason we have come to accept what should be documentation of what is true to instead be identified by the absence of invented content.
It is kind of like how we label mobile phone service as wireless. Perhaps the label of being real, or reflective of something true, is too illusive to warrant its own category.
Ironically, it is the very use of fictional analogies that Jesus often used to speak truth: fiction for the purpose of conveying non-fiction. According to the devotional study through Claiming Christ, we noted Jesus’ response when asked why he so often taught using parables.
The whole fiction/non-fiction conundrum reminds me of the intentional use of instruction by God in a manner that hides the truth from many who think they understand the words, while revealing hidden meanings only to a select minority. It becomes unreal truth: unreal stories for most and divine truth for the enlightened.
The Living Word of God, who claims authorship for all of Scripture, purposely speaks in parables. Apparently God does not intend for everyone to be able to recognize it for what it really reveals.
Anyone who can read the Bible in their native language is capable of understanding every word of Scripture, and yet, without divine revelation through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, it remains complete fiction—parable stories of fantastic events, unexplainable claims of miracles, and feats of supernatural mysticism. Transformational truth evaporates like early morning mist even as the words are read.
Jesus doesn’t intend for most people to discover the imbedded truth within Scripture. It is not dependent upon linguistic skill or educational prowess, for it is spiritually discerned. Much like the parable of the weeds that grow up along with the good seed, God reveals that many who participate within the Church are not capable of understanding what is not not real. They are self-deluded members, participants, ministers, teachers and scholars in sheep’s clothing. Sadly, many don’t even realize this about themselves.
The humbling truth is that reality could apply to any of us. We all are by fallen nature contrary to God and it is only by his grace that any of us can have the blinders removed in order to recognize the truth contained within the analogies, parables, and stories of Scripture.
Those with the grace to approach Scripture with an active spirit of humility and repentance, who resist the natural tendency to claim an irrefutable hold on truth, and who willingly listen to views different from our own (knowing that God often tests his faithful to see if they can hear his voice), show themselves likely to be among those blessed few. For God tells us “many are called, but few are chosen”.
As acknowledged before, it is only those who “do the will of my Father in heaven”, who “put these words of mine into practice”, and who show their faith by how their actions line up with Scripture, who have reason to call what they read: the Truth.
How do you show that the Word of God is a pearl of great price, the container of perfect truth, the answer to everything necessary for life and godliness, a treasure of such value that nothing in this life could ever come close to competing for your affection, hunger or desire?