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Should everything Jesus said be taken literally?

#1Izzy_Reborn_Posted 9/5/2013 11:55:16 AM
I mention it mainly because of this excellent video where Kevin Rudd, Australian PM, was questioned on why he thought Marriage Equality is ok.

http://www.upworthy.com/a-pastor-asks-a-politician-why-he-supports-gay-marriage-it-seems-he-wasnt-prepared-for-his-reply
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#2JonWood007Posted 9/5/2013 12:17:58 PM
Should everything anyone says be taken literally? I say we try to find out what was meant by what was said. This often involves taking things literally, but not always.
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#3EDIFlCATIONPosted 9/5/2013 12:27:08 PM
JonWood007 posted...
Should everything anyone says be taken literally? I say we try to find out what was meant by what was said. This often involves taking things literally, but not always.


What a complete non answer...
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#4Hustle KongPosted 9/5/2013 12:45:26 PM
It's not a non-answer. Any semi-literate person could see what he was saying, and how it answers the question.

I agree with Jon, obviously.
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#5DarkContractorPosted 9/5/2013 1:04:56 PM
I think what he means is literalism the correct way of interpreting Jesus.

In which case no one can give you anything sans a generic answer when you don't ask which sayings are confusing you
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#6EDIFlCATIONPosted 9/5/2013 1:31:41 PM
Yeah but that means it's open for people to take literally what they want to and "interpret" the bits they don't...
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#7Hustle KongPosted 9/5/2013 1:38:44 PM
EDIFlCATION posted...
Yeah but that means it's open for people to take literally what they want to and "interpret" the bits they don't...


Ambiguity and uncertainty in human communication? I won't believe it.
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#8Polish_CrusaderPosted 9/5/2013 1:45:31 PM
Somethings he said were parables

Somethings he said were literal statements

I dont like euphemism or code words in peoples arguments. So lets just speak the truth here, im assuming he was talking about Gay Marriage. The bible specifically states homosexuality is a sin and will lead you into hell. There is atleast 3 instances that i have posted on here 10+ times. Sexual sin is sin across the board. There is no way to change it. The only exception to this is fornication, where if you marry the person it is no longer fornication anymore.
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#9SirThinkALotPosted 9/5/2013 4:55:52 PM
I'v yet to meet anybody who takes Matthew 5:29-30 literally...
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#10JonWood007Posted 9/5/2013 6:09:00 PM
EDIFlCATION posted...
JonWood007 posted...
Should everything anyone says be taken literally? I say we try to find out what was meant by what was said. This often involves taking things literally, but not always.


What a complete non answer...


It's not a non answer. It's about trying to find what was MEANT in a certain circumstance and interpreting it properly. This doesn't mean twisting his words to fit a certain theology, which I see people do all the time, this is about interpreting a statement as it is meant to be interpreted.

I'm an atheist btw, I don't even believe in Jesus in a supernatural way. I think he had some good points, some not so good points. I think we should interpret the Bible for what it is, not what we want it to be, and not according to theology that twists the original meaning.
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