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Many concepts in the Bible are severely outdated and have no place in modern society.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.