should the bible be taken literally?

United States
January 31, 2009 12:52pm CST
I mean, the teachings of Jesus and the prophets were always in elaborately thought out parables and metaphors. Should we then assume that this was the intended way we are to interpret it?
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@urbandekay (18312)
31 Jan 09
Some parts should be interpreted literally some allegorically. all the best urban
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@urbandekay (18312)
31 Jan 09
Have a couple of odious stalkers that follow me around, all started when I criticised a rather inept religion basher; more atheiofascists I am afraid. But doesn't worry me all the best urban
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• United States
31 Jan 09
it is truly amazing the depth of blind ignorance as seen with religious zealots
@k4karthik (439)
• India
31 Jan 09
In my opinion, there should be a reasoning and explanation on anything which we teach the anyone. Without explaining people will not accept what we said. All are educated and having mind of questioning. Hence if we explain the Bible then people will accept the things which are explained in Bible.
• United States
31 Jan 09
i agree that the lesson is only as good as the teacher, but those who teach strict literal teachings of the bible I think do the lesson more harm than good. They focus too much on the words than the lessons. Like when someone listens to words but does not hear the message.
• Canada
12 Feb 09
I have never been one to take the bible literally. My presbyterian minitake the bible in context. Regarding Ephesians 5:22, for example (wives submit yourselves to your husbands as the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church....) It was a different time, and women are no longer dominated by men. Wives and husbands should treat eachother equally, and with respect, not one dominating another.
@gjabaigar (2101)
• Philippines
7 Feb 09
^_^ Howdy!.... Volcom9681!.... As literally saying.... The bread is the food for our body. The Bible is the food for the soul. You can take the Bible literary words by words as long as you like. The most important is always to search or seek the truth of truth of the highest wisdom you can have. Then accept or digest within your heart, mind and soul until you internalized within your personal life being. Before reading, first is to meditate or communicate with God and the Lord Jesus Christ. And especially with the Holy Spirit the truly author of the Bible. The Holy Spirit is the truth of truth of the pure wisdom of the Almighty God. To meditate or communicate so you can have more guidance and more enlightenment. Then after reading meditate or communicate again. And give thanks to the Almighty God. ^_^ Thanks!.... and Enjoy!....
• Philippines
3 Feb 09
I believe that we should put ourselves in the shoes of the Bible characters. Take it as if God is talking to you personally. Say for example, this is what God said to Jeremiah: "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future full of hope." -Jeremiah 29:11 Isn't it nice to claim this God given promise as your own? what do you think?