Do you think the Bible

United States
March 1, 2007 3:47pm CST
is literal, that everything in it actually happened? Or do you think the Bible is figurative and just provides examples of how to live your life?
4 responses
• Philippines
11 Mar 07
There are figures of speech used in the Holy Bible and so it is not all literal. The Holy Bible pertains to salvation - it is where God teaches people on how to be saved. People who follow the Holy Bible will be saved.
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• United States
11 Mar 07
Thanks for your response! I agree. :-)
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
The Holy Bible is true - it is the Word of God, the message of God. We people in writing and even in speaking sometimes use figurative words. In the Holy Bible, figures of speech are also used. We will definitely become crazy if we insist to understand the whole Holy Bible literally. If common sense dictates that what are being used are figurative words, then we should not understand them literally; otherwise, we will let the camel enter into the hole of a needle and because that is impossible, we will say that God is a liar. We should put things into their proper places. The Holy Bible is complete and it says that things were written for our advantage. The message of God is salvation and by following the Holy Bible, we will be saved.
• United States
31 Mar 07
Many of the sayings we don't understand like walking through the eye of the camel or the rich man getting into heaven is to show that with God all things are possible not that God is a liar. When we read the Bible we should ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us so we do understand what they are trying to teach us. God Bless You.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
2 Mar 07
The bible may have been inspired by God but it was still written by men. The New Testament in particular was written by men living under Roman law. They were not about to push Roman law further then they knew they could get a way with. You need to keep that in mind. It's also been translated and copied so many times over the years that we cannot say for sure how the current one would compare to the original. I feel for the most part it is at this point examples, pointers even on ways one should lead their life. I cannot say that it is literal although it does have good lessons to be learned from it.
• United States
2 Mar 07
Thanks for your response! :-)
@swanrock (26)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I think the bible contains accounts of actual events that happened. The reason the four accounts of the New Testament are not all the same is because four people can go to a wedding and if they went home and wrote about that wedding there would be four different versions. Some of the details would be the same but others would be different which is what happened with the Gospels in the New Testament. Also, if you have ever written a poem and someone else wrote it down in a book you will notice that a word or two may be changed. If it has never happened to you try either of the above examples and see what happens. Another way is to watch a movie and/or read a book with three of your friends and then have a discussion and see how each one of you will come up with different views and impressions of said book and movie.