Yes ===========Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God?s promises to be fulfilled. (Romans 15:4 NLT)=================All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT)
Not exactly. When you write a letter, you have an intended meaning. That meaning is what you try to ferret out. What did the writer intend to say? Was he using a figure of speech, or speaking plainly? What was the meaning of the word that he wrote? So to tease out meaning, you need to know the language, the context, the grammatical construction, and the intended audience. This is called the historico-grammatical method, and it is followed by the majority of language scholars. for more info: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical-grammatical_method
It's a story, told many times, translated from ancient languages, by people, who had to guess, what some of the passages said!!! Then, transcribed again, by more people, who decided, what should be in the book!!! Did you ever wonder, why, there are only FOUR gospels?????? Why, just those four?????
Revelation 22: 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. God inspired men to write the Bible. Those of us who honor God and love Him will take it litteraly and search out the symbolism.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2nd Timothy 3:16)
But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. 2nd Peter 1:20-21)
I believe that Bible is a collection of ancient myths and folk tales put together by people with no conception of science , technology or history , I believe that Bible is the Word of God but was diverted by humans , So no meant to be taken literally.
How can I take it literary? It's written some 2000 teas ago by several authors. The books were written in a language that's dead now. What you read is a translation of a translation of a translation of ... And people decided what scripts were good and which ones not good and excluded them. So? Should I? Word for word? No way.
The story & meaning stands, but sometimes you have to dig deeper to get more truth out of it. For eg: God created the heaven(s) & the earth. The Hebrew word for God here is Elohim. It's meaning is plural. We use one word for "love". There are like 5 different types of love, in the original languages, they used differing words for which love they were meaning. It is God inspired. Don't dismiss the Apochropha & Enoch. I'm sure there's other books aswell that have been omitted. Look into the truth & origin if the Holy Scriptures. Peace.
nope. Ans this is why. The bible was written along time ago. Has been translated 10000 times, and has been through allot. going across seas, ect... Also, the bible uses allot of metiforse and figures of speech. People tend to get confused, and fixated on the stupidest things! I mean really! Your going to get mad over when the earth was made? And not focus on Why God really made us? What you need to understand is that God told fishermen, and farmers to wright this. They don't know math! They were hardly educated! God made it easy for them by simplifying it down. Saying 6 days instead of millions of years. Ok, remember that verse about God saying 1 day is like 1000 years. There the science everyone puts out! So yup That's what I had to say. Ps. No rude comments.
I believe it as a book of metaphors. That could be quite helpful if it was not translated by people that thought it was literal. But I am not a hater. I like how people find peace and love in their religion. And it does have many advantages.