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How do you decide what is literal and what is figurative in the bible? I think Jesus is a metaphor.
In my experience, everything is literal that isn't blatantly destroyed by science or arbitrary whim (I think all whim is arbitrary, actually).
 


Posts: 193 | Posted: 8:52 PM on December 1, 2002 | IP
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what do you think Jesus symbolizes then? that is, if he is taken figuratively?



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Posts: 971 | Posted: 12:08 AM on December 2, 2002 | IP
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I doubt anyone could take the Bible as literal truth.  It says too many things that have to be metaphorical; like the "doors" in the firmament that let the rain through.  Or the many countless other methaphorical stories told.

That means that people who claim to take the Bible literally have to arbitrally decide which parts are literal and which are only metaphorically literal.  What a twist on reasoning and language that must be for them.  Also, I've never yet read a justification for who gets to make that determination and how they make that determination of taking the Bible literally.  I would assume the only justification would be that everything is literal except things that even they can see are plainly not literal.  That would be a terrible position to be in it seems.

Another thing that I always find amazing is that people who are sure every word in the Bible is literally true and is the divine message of God, have somehow never quite found the time to actually read the entire Bible word for word, chapter for chapter, book for book.  That just completely baffles me.  If they truly believe it is literally true and the divine message of God how could anything be more important to them than reading all of the Bible.
 


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