Continuing with the series I started here, I offer this…
“Believing Gandalf is a real wizard because he is described in The Lord of the Rings makes just as much sense as believing Jesus is real because he is described in the Bible.”
In one form or another I have seen this since my days of contending for the faith on biblebabble.com, it’s nothing new.
Not the most nonsensical and uniformed thing anyone has ever said, probably, but it is right up there with what Britney Spears once said about Japan – “I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don’t like eating fish. And I know that’s very popular out there in Africa.” Or, “Jesus never mentioned Tupperware so he wasn’t that special and shouldn’t be taken seriously.”
In all seriousness, this is a false equivalent.
The Bible has had an almost totally unmatched impact on world culture, art, literature, philosophy, music, science, and history, whether you think it’s bs or not. The Bible is an extraordinary work of literature that makes some astonishing claims fiction novels do not. It records the details of the creation of the universe, the origin of life, the moral law of God, the history of man’s rebellion against God, and the historical details of God’s work of redemption for all who trust in His Son. Moreover, the Bible claims to be God’s revelation to mankind, inspired, and the truth.
Lord of the Rings, on the other hand, is fiction. The author knew it was fiction and it was never meant to be enjoyed as anything but fiction, period.
Comparing the Bible to any work of fiction, regardless of how good or well regarded the work of fiction is, in order to make a serious claim against the reliability of the Bible is patently absurd. All such claims come from the woefully uniformed and should be ignored.