Why do you think this was a real account?I am made "able" to believe it was.
When one gets over the shock to his system, by Jesus becoming real and alive to him in the Spirit? Suddenly the Bible becomes a delight to be able to believe.
I did not choose to believe the Bible is true until after regeneration... Which confused and perplexed me for about ten years after saying a simple prayer that had no idea would lead to an inner change that was both revolutionary to my way of living, and making me feel like a fish out of water. Ten years it took to find that water when someone handed me a Bible in English that I could readily understand.