Fwd: Do You Take the Bible Literally?
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From: Stand to Reason <info@...>
Date: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:00 AM
Subject: Do You Take the Bible Literally?
�Do you take the Bible literally?� is a question frequently asked about
biblical interpretation. I answer that I try to take the Bible with the
precision the particular biblical writer intended. I take the words at their
plain meaning unless the writer has signaled me to do otherwise.
Ironically, Evangelicals who pride themselves on �taking the Bible
literally� often feel comfortable fleeing the plain, literal sense of a
passage whenever �the Spirit leads.�
I�m talking about the habit of isolating verses or phrases from Scripture
and, under the Spirit�s influence (allegedly), finding in them personal
messages unrelated to the original circumstances of the text.
In the current issue of *Solid Ground*, I offer a biblical argument against
this practice. *Solid Ground* is one of the free tools Stand to Reason
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this issue and give careful attention to the scriptural case I present.
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When verses can have different meanings for different people based on Holy
Spirit �promptings,� it begins to undermine the truth of the �faith, which
was once for all delivered to the saints� (Jude 3). On that view, there are
as many �truths� as there are readers.
If I�m right on this, lots of quiet-time theologizing�not to mention a host
of devotional writings�is seriously misguided. For many Christians, their
moments of �truth� turn out to be moments of emotion-filled fiction. So I
hope you carefully consider the biblical case I make for how to interpret
and apply Scripture.
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