What if I were to say that we should not read the Bible literally? How would you react? What would you say to me? I would hope you’d immediately be on alarm and asking some probing questions. If I was indeed saying we don’t have to read the Bible literally—taking it at face-value, seeking to receive what it says as true, good, and authoritative—from there you should see to it to have me removed from being a pastor!
On the other hand, if I meant that we should not read the Bible literally when the context of a specific passage demands a figurative reading, hopefully then you’d say, “Ok, I get it. Yes, that’s right.” After all, if the person writing or speaking in the Bible wrote or spoke using a metaphor, they’d scratch their head if we took it literally.
Let me give an example: Continue Reading