Can't mean earthly father or teacher & certainly not pluck out you're eye. These things would only contradict the literal teachings. Teaching's should not be taken out of context, Or against the the authority of the church. Next, You may ask, Who or what is the authority of the church? The Bible! And who is the author of the Bible? If it is God, How did God publish & in what language? Who can interpret to all different languages? When was it published? Why is there a old & new testament? Why is there different Bible's & what is the original bible? Where is there proof that the Bible is true or fiction? Is the Bible the only source of God? The Bible is not specific on which church is God's church or is Gods church the first church, Historically, Christians follower's of Jesus & disciples that became a denomination called the Roman Catholic Church, A traditional church of the teachings, Mainly oral teachings of the disciples of Jesus as peter the authority of the disciples, That started the structure of what became the Roman Catholic Church by handing down the traditions & teaching's of the Christians to the disciples successors called bishops that were given authority by peter & the bishops were taught the traditions & teachings by the disciples that were succeeded by the pope that took over peters chair of authority & bishops succeeded bishops by the popes authority and so was the Roman Catholic Church that compiled the oral & written tradition's of Jesus disciples into writing called the bible. The Roman Catholic Church chose what to add or extract from oral and written tradition's & compiled to form the new testament of the Bible & that's the history of the new testament of the Bible. It's up to you weather you believe it or not, Do you're own research & find out for yourself. The problem is with understanding the Bible in what you read & how you read it is interpretation of the Bible. Many think that with Gods guidense they can interpret the Bible on their own, The Roman Catholic Church believe that they are the authority of the bibles interpretation, Then there is others that believe they have the right or true interpretation of the bible. The truth is the truth even if you don't believe it & a lie is a lie even if you believe it. What will you believe? I personally have done a lot of research & it seems to me that the Roman Catholic Church holds all the cards, It claim's to be, The one true holy Catholic & Apostolic church that has the history that dates back to the disciples of Jesus & compiled the new testament & is the largest denomination of followers of Jesus by far. Take my advice & then do what you want, It's you're eternity & you're free will.
You people dont understand that god said the whole bible is parables and should not be taken literally. If the bible said that they jumped off a bridge into a pit of lions, did that actually mean that that is what they did. It could mean that they were taking a risk.
Because taking the bible literally is religion & religion is poison & the bible MUST be taken as PARABLES, Because Everyone in the bible TEACHES us THIS VERY TRUTH & it is only those who do not understand, are the ones who are blind to the truth & lost to the truth, UNTIL the day they can SEE this TRUTH that sets them all FREE! :-D <3
Many concepts in the Bible are severely outdated and have no place in modern society. The overall context of the Bible is great and serves as a moral compass for billions of people. However, the sacred text is just like any other and shouldn't be read literally. No one should hold a mustardseed in their hand and pray over to have faith. No one should go the IRS and upend tables like Jesus did with tax collectors. That's why many stories attributed to Jesus are called parables.
The Bible should be viewed in a figurative context because if taken literally, it will cause others to harm each other and make their actions acceptable. The notion of an eye for an eye was taken into consideration. It should not be an expectation that if someone hurts you that you will hurt them back. When interpreted it can be seen that through the law the wrongdoer should be punished, but not by the hands of the person to whom the wrong was done.
The bible is not and never was intended to be a literal text. It is a compilation of various religious texts assembled by the early church to serve as a sort of compact library for priests and missionaries throughout Christendom. The bible had books added and subtracted and did not contain most of its current books until around 400 AD. As a work of man, it was never to be taken literally as though handed down by God word for word, as Muslims treat the Koran. The literal use of the bible is relatively new, being adopted by some Protestants who chose to put particular emphasis, or all, on the bible.
The Bible is a verbal record handed down through many, many generations of storytellers and bards. There is no way of knowing what parts actually happened and what parts were simply made up or changed over the course of time. The ideas are good ones and there is much to admire in the Bible, but it is essentially just a collection of folk tales.
The Bible was never meant to be a book taken literally. It was meant to be read figuratively, as many of its stories are filled with symbolism and underlying meaning to teach people Christian doctrine and give moral lessons. For example, the story of The Prodigal Son didn't really happen; it was a story meant to teach readers about repentance. Other stories, like the Good Samaritan, were similarly just morality lessons and not meant to be taken literally.
Even the Jews don't read the Old Testament literally.
There are four ways in which scriptures are read: literal, allegorical, moral, and anagogical.
That is not to say that the literal reading should be regularly discarded either. In general the bible is something to be read literally, just not exclusively.