The bible was written a long time ago by men who are imperfect and whose view of the world is clouded by cultural influences. Only by seeking a metaphorical interpretation of the bible can you see its truth and fully understand gods design.
Our lord Jesus Christ often used stories and metaphors in his teaching why should modern churches shun this useful educative tool? Indeed teaching the bible as literal truth is dangerous and can lead to misinterpretation consider:
Homosexuality is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
Eating shellfish is an abomination. (Leviticus 11:10)
This is a result of a mistranslation from ancient Hebrew; abomination meant tabooed in modern usage abomination means some sort a serious sin. Today we have radical Christians using this to stir up hate and anger instead of love and compassion to accept all of the Lord’s creation.
Even the gays :)
The Bible was the word of God as translated by man. The prophets translated his word into what they thought he meant. I am sure wives didn't actually turn to pillars of salt, and I am sure there were a lot more things that were not to be taken so literally. The collapse of the tower of babel, for one. It fell and people were no longer able to understand everyone. I think that is where we get different languages now.
The Bible should be read as symbolically and metaphorically. I do not believe it was intended to be taken word for word as exactly how we should be doing things. It describes others lives and failures so we may better understand this world and how we should live. However, it does not say word for word what that is.
The bible was written as an account of past and forthcoming events. Everything that was written in the Old Testament was proved out in the New Testament. I think God inspired these writings, so we could know how to follow his rules. Anyone can take one verse and translate it to mean almost anything they want it to. You have to take the whole concept as it is, not single out a few words. I think we should all be very scared that God is getting tired of the things going on in this world. Heaven or Hell is the choice, and each is for an eternity.
There are passages that can only be literall here are a few... You can’t eat ham, bacon or pork chops. (Leviticus 11:7)
No tattoos. (Leviticus 19:28)
Homosexuality is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22) Eating shellfish is an abomination. (Leviticus 11:10)
If you find out that your new wife is not a virgin, she should be stoned to death. (Deuteronomy 22:20, 21)
A woman who tries to help her husband who is in a fight by seizing the genitals of his opponent should have her hand cut off. (Deuteronomy 25:11,12)
You shouldn’t wear clothing which blends wool and linen. (Deuteronomy 22:11)
Other than adultery, you cannot get divorced. (Matthew 19:9)
Don’t pray in public, but pray in secret. (Matthew 6:5,6)
A woman should not be touched while she is menstruating. (Leviticus 15:19-24)
Among the penalties for disobeying God is to eat your babies. (Leviticus 26:29)
You should love your neighbour as much as yourself. (Matthew 12:31)
Those who believe in Christ can drink poison and it won’t hurt them. (Mark 16:18)
Disobedient children should be stoned to death. (Deuteronomy 21:21)
Whatever you want others to do for you, do for them. (Matthew 7:12)
The Law of the Old Testament cannot fail. (Luke 16:17)
Men are free to sell their daughters as sex slaves. (Exodus 21:7-11)
If you beat a slave and they die you should be punished, but if they live a day or two, no vengeance should be taken because they are your property. (Exodus 21:21)
If you take a liking to a prisoner of war, bring her home, shave her head, trim her nails, buy her new clothes and she’s yours. (Deuteronomy 21:10-13)
If you catch someone working on the Sabbath, they should be killed. (Exodus 35:2)
This is from the creator of the universe .In closeing I would like to say god is imaginary. Question everthing thank you for the question.
The question should be, 'Should we base our interpretation on the Bible alone or bring in foreign ideas to the text?'. Scripture should always be read according to its narrative context. Read history as history, read narrative as narrative, read poetry as poetry and so on. Only then can you have a safe and sound interpretation of the Bible. If people cannot understand this, then they need to go back to school to learn interpretation of a text, you don't read a news report as fiction wouldn't you?