Should the first story of creation be read literally?

  • Yes, Very Simple.

    Imagine I tell you about a danger or give you a map, if you say "seriously is this REALLY happening?", or "Is this map, Right?" I should have the same story or map. Although the map may be not be perfect it shouldn't be vague to the point of being subject to interpretation.

  • No certainly not

    Anyone that believes that is obviously feeble brained or just gullible,what a load of absolute hogwash . If this was put in front of sane adults who had no exposure to any of this tripe previously they would laugh it out of the park .A badly written fairytale at best .

  • No, It shouldn't

    I do not believe in the Christian creation story. The Bible is not all historical fact, it is history mixed with stories, Genesis and the creation story being an example of these. I think of the Bible as a collection of lessons that people can draw inspiration from to live a quality life, not to be translated literally and taken seriously.

  • No, nothing from the Bible should be taken literally.

    The Bible, particularly Genesis, is a collection of Christian myths about the creation of the universe, and should be taken as what they are: a mythos, stories to think about, to learn from. They exist to put our burning questions behind us. In reality, we should be looking towards the future. Why the Earth exists doesn't matter now. It's what we do with it as we progress.

  • No, it should not be taken literally.

    First of all, nearly every people on earth have a creation myth, we just take this one more seriously because it is a part of all of the great three monotheistic religions.The hebrew word used to describe God in genesis is "Elohim". Both plural and female in context. Taken with the coptic texts and even The tetragrammatons use of moses, john right after john 3:16 Jesus tells his disciples that they must raise him up as moses lifted the serpent to heal the people of thier wounds. Taken with the coptic texts, jesus is considered the serpent, and only comes to bring humans knowledge of good and evil. The God is portrayed as the blind idiot god, blinded by his ignorance of the creator,blinded by pride, and by jealousy also.

  • Bible is Replete with Esoteric Stories

    The Bible is an esoteric piece of literature and a great story. As such, the lessons of the Bible shouldn't be taken literally. When Jesus said have the faith of a mustardseed, clearly he didn't mean literally. Jesus meant that one person who has faith in something he or she can't see, that is more valuable than an entire mountain of knowledge. The creation story can be interpreted many different ways, and no one should take it literally without being considered absurd.

  • It cannot be said absolutely that any religious text should be read a particular way

    The creation myth of any given religion, as with any religious story, has been passed through hundreds of generations and transcriptions. How to interpret these stories is dependent on the beliefs of the individual. However, it is wise to keep this history in mind for any historical or scientific work, and to recognize the separation of church and state (where applicable, as in the United States) and not endorse any validation.

  • No scripture should be read literally

    The Bible, and most other religious texts for that matter, should not be translated literally, or word-for-word. Rather, the Bible should be viewed as a collection of lessons of morality that people can draw inspiration from to live a quality life with love for God. The Bible can be translated so many different ways, that most people have differing opinions as to what the literal translations actually mean.

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