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Christians: How do you determine what parts of the bible to take literally?

#11CaptainKOPosted 6/4/2013 8:29:54 AM
OrangeWizard posted...
From: Polish_Crusader | #003
the only people who dont r the ones that dont really belive the bible.


This is what atheists often say.

"YOU HAVE TO BE A YEC AND STONE HOMOSEXUALS AND RUDE CHILDREN IF YOU REALLY BELIEVED IN THE BIBLE!"

Everyone takes the bible "literally". The kicker is just that some people differ on what's literal or not, hence the topic title.

My answer: Context clues.

The only things that aren't literal are things that say "And Jesus spoke to them an illustration" or "And ____ received a vision: "


Atheist often say explain yourself (for insert reason here) and Christians often go off the topic instead of doing what is asked of them. Today's Christians pick and choose what they believe and what they follow.
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#12CaptainKOPosted 6/4/2013 8:31:25 AM
OrangeWizard posted...
For example, most of the teachings of Jesus are parables because he explicitly called them out as parables.


Are we just focusing the part of the bible about Jesus or the whole bible, in it's entirety?
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#13OrangeWizardPosted 6/4/2013 8:36:21 AM
The whole bible, in it's entirety.
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#14CaptainKOPosted 6/4/2013 9:46:50 AM
OrangeWizard posted...
The whole bible, in it's entirety.


If we focus on what Jesus said about the bible then this makes the rest of the bible inert. Thus, Christians don't take the entire bible literal.
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#15OrangeWizardPosted 6/4/2013 9:57:58 AM
I don't see how that follows.
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#16CaptainKOPosted 6/4/2013 12:33:13 PM
OrangeWizard posted...
I don't see how that follows.


My question earlier was directed at your claim that Jesus is saying the past stories are not to be taken literally. I'm saying if we just focusing on what Jesus says and what jesus says that the bible is nothing more than a bunch moral stories then Christians don't or should take the entire bible literal, which makes the religion redundant.
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#17AEZACPosted 6/4/2013 12:46:27 PM
It all depends on your stance on the doctrine of innerancy. Personally, I don't believe everything the Bible says is true. Rather, I believe that everything the Bible teaches true is true. Figurative vs Literal passages are simply interpreted:

Matthew 21:21:
Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. (Figurative)

John 14:6:
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (Literal)

Most of the New Testament is easily distinguishable.
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#18OrangeWizardPosted 6/4/2013 1:07:43 PM
From: CaptainKO | #016
My question earlier was directed at your claim that Jesus is saying the past stories are not to be taken literally.

I never said that.

I'm saying if we just focusing on what Jesus says and what jesus says that the bible is nothing more than a bunch moral stories then Christians don't or should take the entire bible literal, which makes the religion redundant.


That would be true, if Jesus ever said that the bible is nothing more than a bunch of moral stories.
But he didn't. What makes you think he did?
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#19IamvegitoPosted 6/4/2013 4:25:46 PM(edited)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical-grammatical_method
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higher_criticism

Conservatives do the former, liberals do the latter.
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