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  • mostly literal, with some parables/metaphors

    6 12.50%
  • mostly parables/metaphors with historical fact

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  • complete nonsense

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    How do you interpret it? I imagine this thread will shoot off into other realms within this topic- feel free.
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    Symbols are more significant than the things themselves.

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    I missed something... but why does everyone have the same avatar?
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    mostly parables/metaphors with historical fact
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    I missed something... but why does everyone have the same avatar?
    It happened last night. @Saturned and I sort of had an Ne fit that sucked everyone in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    How do you interpret it? I imagine this thread will shoot off into other realms within this topic- feel free.
    I clicked other, I think it does contain many metaphors and teaching tales, parables, however it isnt mythology (not that I consider mythology to be entirely false) entirely, it is also history and prophecy. Besides all that it is a seriously great work of literature too.

    I dont like literalism at all, a lot of the reverence for scriptures and bible which dates from the reformation seems idolatrous and erronious to me, tradition is important or more important than scriptures to which it has given rise. There are other literary works which I feel are as important, such as Milton and Dante to mention just two, and lately I like the Hasidic idea that the Torah isnt just the scriptures but the jewish people themselves, that is the sort of idea which I wish would transfer to Christianity and all world religions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    I missed something... but why does everyone have the same avatar?
    Check Ezekial 23: 19-21

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
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    here is an artist's rendition of what happened:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    @gromit,

    here is an artist's rendition of what happened:

    HAHAHAH that will be on my list of avatars to have.
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    There are too many books and literature types in the Bible to read it any one way. 39 in the Jewish canon, 66 in the Protestant, 73 Catholic, 77 Orthodox. I think. Some of it is drab military and royal chronologies. Some of it are reconfigured Mesopotamian myths. Some are just recipes for bread. Some are just love poetry. Some wisdom books consist of one liner proverbs, while others are almost secular-like diatribes on the meaningless of life (Ecclessiastes). Some purported to be written by prophets, while others ritualistic in nature, instructional manuals for priests. Some are correspondance letters. I don't see why not to read these literally, particularly. Some, like the gospels, are narratives.. while other gospels are narratives mixed with a lot of third person commentary (John).

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