Costco Bibles: Pastor Glad for Label Conversation

    November 21, 2013
    Lacy Langley
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Costco has apologized for labeling some Bibles as “fiction”. Amidst the uproar in the community and Christians in general, and threats to boycott Costco, the company assured the public that it was a mistake made by the distributor, and that it would be corrected, according to L.A. Times.

The pastor who found the Bibles was invited to appear on Fox News for a talk with Elizabeth Hasselback, which led Costco to scramble and release a statement.

“We deeply regret the mislabeling of the Bible and meant no offense to anyone,” the company wrote in an email received by several customers. “The buyer has let us know that this was an error and the books are being pulled off the shelves to be re-marked.”

“However, we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution,” Costco said.

Caleb Kaltenbach, the pastor who found the bibles, tweeted this picture that started it all, only after he couldn’t get an employee to assist him with his inquiry, according to Fox News.

As for the outcry and threats to boycott Costco, Kaltenbach doesn’t think that is the answer, and he is appreciating the talk that the snafu has encouraged, in his community and around the country.

“On the one hand Christians should not yell out ‘persecution’,” he said. “We aren’t living in Iraq or Iran. But on the other hand, I believe that we do need to stand up for our faith and we need to be vocal about our concerns.” said Kaltenbach.

Author Robert Jeffress agrees with Kaltenbach’s sentiment, “Christians need to call out organizations like Costco whose actions undermine Christianity – regardless of whether those actions are accidental or intentional.”

Costco has assured the public that it is correcting the mistake, and relabeling the “small percentage” of Bibles that were labelled “fiction”, but is it enough to satisfy a Christian public that may hopefully be fairly forgiving? Time will tell.

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  • Daniel W.

    The Bibles were labeled correctly. It IS fiction. To believe otherwise is deluding one’s self. Not only is there no proof the stories in the Bible actually happened, there are mountains of actual scientific proof that they did not and could not. Faith is merely the purposeful suspension of critical thinking. The Bible does not stand up to critical thinking or real science. Period.

    • Philip

      I believe Costco.

    • Philip

      Show me this scientific proof. I can’t believe you still think we come from apes. Grow up, just cause your scientific beliefs don’t agree with a Christians beliefs, doesn’t mean we are wrong. Like I said show me. I’ will even give you my email address if you want to SHOW ME.

      • Digital.Gods

        Sorry, all the evidence points to evolution, in case you have been asleep. So you believe you came from a pile of mud that an invisible man baked up? Which is harder to believe?

      • mudbone

        If what The Christian Right practices and teaches is
        Christianity, I think I will pass. Intolerance, bigotry,
        racism, religious hatred, etc. A definite bunch of hypocrites.

        • Paula

          You are then insinuating that all Liberals are not Christian. Your view of the world is black and white.

  • Beth Cardozo

    I think it’s sad that people are up in arms over this. Why are we not being forgiving?! It was mistake. Show grace…stop freaking out.

  • DonApache

    Fiction is that, fiction. “Millions of years ago dinosaurs” is fiction. dinosaur tracks over man’s fot prints is NOT fiction but evidence in Glenrose, Texas’s Creation Evidence Museum. A ship in a glacier on top of a mountain is NOT fiction but real and evident where Bible says it is today in Mt. Ararat, Turkey. Mt. St. Helens, 1980 eruption left a mini “Grand Canyon” in just a few weeks and not “millions of years of erosion.” Which is true. Use your own logic. I believe because of the evidence that is there. But if you believe without evidence of “science” which is science fiction disguised as other than what it is, you have more faith than I.

    • Digital.Gods

      The footprints have long ago been debunked as better scientific analysis has been done on that. You can read about it on the net.
      Noah’s Ark? you are a gullible one, no doubt. Here is an excerpt from a website you should visit, called “PaleoBabble”
      “…To make a long story short: this is all reported to be a fake. The photos were reputed to have been taken off site near the Black Sea, but the film footage the Chinese now have was shot on location on Mt. Ararat. In the late summer of 2008 ten Kurdish workers hired by Parasut, the guide used by the Chinese, are said to have planted large wood beams taken from an old structure in the Black Sea area (where the photos were originally taken) at the Mt. Ararat site. In the winter of 2008 a Chinese climber taken by Parasut’s men to the site saw the wood, but couldn’t get inside because of the severe weather conditions. During the summer of 2009 more wood was planted inside a cave at the site. The Chinese team went in the late summer of 2009 (I was there at the time and knew about the hoax) and was shown the cave with the wood and made their film. As I said, I have the photos of the inside of the so-called Ark (that show cobwebs in the corners of rafters – something just not possible in these conditions) and our Kurdish partner in Dogubabyazit (the village at the foot of Mt. Ararat) has all of the facts about the location, the men who planted the wood, and even the truck that transported it…”

      So now that you know nothing but junk science, you should apologize .

  • Max Wendroff

    it is fiction

  • http://yahoo Billy H

    You may think it’s fiction and believe in scientology
    but i will garantee you you will call his name before you die think about that for a while

    • Digital.Gods

      It’s all about fear with many of you religious types. You’re always threatening Hell, brimstone and in fact, a common phrase amongst many religious has always fascinated me. You fear a “loving god”. Now why would you have to do that? Whenever something good happens, you are always saying “thank the lord”, but if something bad happens, you revert to “the lord works in mysterious ways…”. You have all the bases covered with your circular logic, but the worst part about folks like you, is you are always threatening people. I really despise that about some of you religious folks. Whenever you get into an opposing discussion, you end up trying to win the argument with a threat of damnation and all of that nonsense. It’s really not a very good attribute, and not something to be proud of in my opinion. At the end of the day, you’re just one step away from putting a witches “hex” on someone. I wish you could be objective and see how ridiculous it is, but I suppose you can’t.

      • Tesh

        You write a lot man! That shows me you have a longing for a proof of God’s existence. Eventually he will reveal himself to you. The big doubters are big believers in the long run.

        • Digital.Gods

          @Tesh: I hope you are not speaking to me. That’s pretty condescending to think that. You are quite mistaken.



  • http://yahoo EladNala

    I just hope Santa can bring me my new horoscope so I don’t have to rely on my palm-reader for guidance.

  • http://yahoo EladNala

    I just hope Santa will bring me my new horoscope so I won’t have to rely on a palm-reader for guidance….

  • A girl

    I can’t believe in the year 2013 supposed adults still get outraged when someone challenges their childish fairy tale beliefs. One can believe in a higher power without these BS Myths, and I am sure whatever is out there is FAR greater than any bland BS man made religion can come up with. It’s ridiculous that a business has to be forced to apologize to a bunch of delusional psychos who believe in an ancient book. Who do you think wrote the bible? Other humans in the old days. Back then people died pretty young too, in their 30’s. The bible was written by young uneducated people who still thought every disease was caused by demons. You have to seriously be a delusional fool to believe the bible is 100 percent fact. Talking snakes, a ship that carries every animal on the planet (yeah right, impossible) magic etc etc it is just ridiculous. If the bible was true why has “God” suddenly gone silent? How come none of those grand things that happened in the bible ever happen in modern times? Why did they stop happening once people learned more about science? And don’t give me this “Satan took over” bullsh*t. Use your brains and actually think for yourselves for once, and not believe everything that other mortal humans who also know nothing tell you.