The Bible Is Not Meant To Be Taken Literally? That's Not What The Bible Says!
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10-08-2014, 10:03 AM
RE: The Bible Is Not Meant To Be Taken Literally? That's Not What The Bible Says!
That is such a broad statement to make, you have to narrow it down. Do you take the creation account literally? If not, do you realize the reason for Jesus' death is rendered useless?
Someone that believes this has stepped onto a slippery downhill slope!
You can get around it by not thinking too much, but if you ever decide to engage your brain about the implications of an un-literal bible, then it can no longer be believed at all.

Gods derive their power from post-hoc rationalizations. -The Inquisition

Using the supernatural to explain events in your life is a failure of the intellect to comprehend the world around you. -The Inquisition
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10-08-2014, 10:35 AM
RE: The Bible Is Not Meant To Be Taken Literally? That's Not What The Bible Says!
The Bible also claims that not everyone can correctly interpret what is being said
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10-08-2014, 03:45 PM
RE: The Bible Is Not Meant To Be Taken Literally? That's Not What The Bible Says!
I think throughout the history of worship, most intellectual christians and post bronze age Jews of chose to interpret the genesis creation metaphorically; even if they interpret other parts of genesis literally.I guess it is a good thing that many verses in the OT in particular have been largely ignored by both Jews and Christians throughout much of history; except perhaps when used to justify persecution or war. You could easily base a doctoral thesis on how and in what ways the interpretation of the bible has changed over the years and by different denominations of worship. It is a complicated topic, and it is safe to say that from the conception of both judaism and christianity there have been many competing and conflicting modes of thought based on different interpretations of the bible. The book is sufficiently large enough, and in some places ambiguous enough, that it is possible to draw many different conclusions.

That being said, I think the strongest case theologically is probably for a mostly literal interpretation of the bible. When you read the book it is usually pretty easy to tell where the bible intends to be literal and where it intends to be metaphorical. Most of proverbs is metaphorical. Leviticus is undoubtedly meant to be interpreted literally. The uncomfortable bits int he OT concerning slavery, genocide and the treatment of woman were almost certainly meant for a literal interpretation. It is fortunate that then few people live by these tenants, even if it is ideologically inconsistent.
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