The Bible: Literal, Figurative or Both

I’ve been talking with a number of people recently about the inerrancy of the Christian Bible. This is interesting to me because I consider myself something of an amateur scholar on the subject.

Inevitably, during these discussions, I will bring up a point and the other party will say, “But that’s not what it means.” Then there will be a fairly indepth discussion of Hebrew (or Greek) and then the other party will say it’s figurative. Then I come back with, “Well, if that part is figurative, what else is?”

In the end, it all comes down to the other party effectively saying, “The parts that I say are literal are literal and the parts I say are figurative are figurative.”

To which, I ask the question that has never been answered… “How do YOU know?”

It’s fairly obvious to anyone who has read the entire bible that it’s a bunch of fairy tales. It does have some good ideas for how to live ones life, but nothing that is revolutionary and not expounded upon by every other religion and many secular groups.


~ by OgreMkV on August 23, 2010.

One Response to “The Bible: Literal, Figurative or Both”

  1. Yes. It can be very interesting at the time, but ultimately is generally futile! Reams can be written about intended meanings and historical contexts, but as with any historical text, finding baselines for meaning are almost impossible. It becomes, like you say, a matter of convenience: where it’s quite clearly literally wrong, it’s figurative, and where it can be viewed as literally correct, it’s literal! Voila!

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