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Author Topic:   A Problem With the Literal Interpretation of Scripture
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Message 5 of 304 (642663)
11-30-2011 12:18 PM

It's not possible to believe in a literal interpretation of the bible and for it to remain cogent; and this is after taking into consideration allegorical speech, euphemisms, and metaphors. You will find a plethora of contradictions if you consider the bible to be literal.

"Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it" -- Thomas Paine

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Message 192 of 304 (651023)
02-03-2012 8:04 PM
Reply to: Message 10 by NoNukes
12-01-2011 9:12 AM

Reading the allegories as allegories and the metaphors as metaphors is reading the Bible literally.
Well, therein lies the problem. My point is how does one determine what is meant to be literal and what is meant to be allegorical?
When Jesus said that nothing is impossible with God, did he literally mean that you can tell mountains to throw themselves into the sea? I only ask because, curiously, we've never seen that. Ever.
So, was Jesus using intentional hyperbole when he said that with God nothing is impossible, or was he being literal?

"Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it" -- Thomas Paine

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