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03-06-2006 2:25 PM
Ok... A topic that I would like biblical literalists to comment on.
Subject: Biblical Literalism.
this topic could well be the first of a number from me attempting to understand the extent of biblical literalism.. and an attempt to tease out from the literalists on here where EXACTLY literalism ends and interpretation begins...
As a start I'd like to concentrate on one word.
that word... "Heart"
the word heart appears many, many times in the bible
The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his HEART was only evil all the time
Then the LORD's anger burned against Moses and he said, "What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his HEART will be glad when he sees you.
So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart
whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, 'I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.'
the list goes on.
Everyone knows what a heart is right?
a bag of muscle that pumps oxygenated blood around the body
You do not feel with your heart
you do not think with your heart
it's a pump.
so, right from the getgo (Genesis) the word 'Heart' is used incorrectly. If I were a true literalist, I would believe that that little 4 chambered bag of muscle beating in my chest is the source of all my emotion, all my feelings, all my love.
we know this is not the case
To me a 'literalist' who does not believe this is already Interpreting the bible.
and thus.. is not a "literalist"
Adherence to the explicit sense of a given text or doctrine.
Literal portrayal; realism.
At what point and On what basis do biblical literalists stop taking the word of God literally?
this may seem... well.. Stupid I guess, but I really want to find where the transition between literal and interpreted lies.