Re: Interpreting the Bible Just Got More Complicated
A good find but I wonder how many literalists are ready to change their poor way of reading scriptures.
I don't think they are ready for the truth of things.
Especially that Jesus died for me position. They mostly do not want to give up their get out of hell free card, even though they likely are not deluded enough to really believe in the Christian invented hell.
All but the most brain dead Christian literalist, when push comes to shove, will admit that there are no talking serpents or donkeys.
The foolishness of literal reading was well known even in Jesus' day.http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/03132009/watch.html
Rabbi Hillel, the older contemporary of Jesus, said that when asked to sum up the whole of Jewish teaching, while he stood on one leg, said, "The Golden Rule. That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the Torah. And everything else is only commentary. Now, go and study it."
Please listen as to what is said about literal reading.
"Origen, the great second or third century Greek commentator on the Bible said that it is absolutely impossible to take these texts literally. You simply cannot do so. And he said, "God has put these sort of conundrums and paradoxes in so that we are forced to seek a deeper meaning."
Matt 7;12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.