Should the Entire Bible be Taken Literally?

Posted by: Legendary_Houp

I mean like, do all commandments apply to us today, should the poetry of the Bible be used as doctrine, etc.

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No, because it's Fake.

Choose this option if you don't believe in the Bible in general (Atheistic or of a Different Religion)
11 votes

Parts are meant to, others aren't

Some parts of the Bible are to be taken literally as they are directly impact us today, they are an explicitly stated fact, or the author intended it to be taken as a literal doctrine. Other parts are meant for interpretation or meant figuratively t... o prove a point and emphasize a change and things of that nature   more
7 votes

Yes, because it's Divine.

God revealed His will to us through Scripture, and every single word is meant as a literal guide on how to live your life
4 votes

Yes when its meant to be. (there are times when Jesus speaks in symbolic terms)

Take it literally except when it is a parable. Or when its stated that it is symbolic
2 votes

No, because it wasn't Meant to be.

The purpose of the writing was not Biblical doctrine or to exactly tell us what we should do, but sometimes used figuratively to illustrate a point, or to emphasize a change, or just to give context to the events leading up to Jesus' death and resur... rection on the Cross. Not everything was meant as an end-all, be-all guide on how to live your life   more
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It's not entirely true but it should not be taken literally

It should not be taken literally but it isn't entirely true.
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132sque says2015-05-18T16:34:08.6814352-05:00
Honestly, how is anyone supposed to know what is figurative and what isn't? Theres no way of knowing so it's pointless to follow any of it
Legendary_Houp says2015-05-18T16:39:05.0509192-05:00
That's like saying nobody can know what is figurative in literature and what isn't, so literature shouldn't be read. That is why so many English classes focus on determining author's purpose, because it should be simple for a rationally and logically thinking person to be able to determine what the author originally was trying to convey. I said it SHOULD be simple, but some people just can't help making a mountain out of a molehill.
Bragxnxall says2015-05-18T16:46:15.6776009-05:00
Of course not all should be taken literally, considering the times the bible was written, there are obviously parts that don't retain in today's society.
Legendary_Houp says2015-05-18T16:49:26.6027283-05:00
Yeah like some things were directed toward the people of that culture and time. The underlying themes in these messages (love, following God, respect, justice, etc.), those are universal even though the exact context or the way they are presented may not directly apply to us.
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:10:01.4110793-05:00
"When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her." (Deuteronomy 25:11-12)
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:10:38.1517411-05:00
"If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, 28 then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over. 29 You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters." (Leviticus 26:27-30)
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:10:58.6370665-05:00
"Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." (Psalm 137:9)
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:11:15.3148942-05:00
"For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him." (Leviticus 20:9)
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:12:23.9012533-05:00
Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves. Numbers 31:17-18
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:12:51.1737528-05:00
"You may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way." Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:13:03.6394725-05:00
"Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Ephesians 6:5 NLT"
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:14:30.0434886-05:00
"And he [Elisha] went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them." 2 Kings 2:23-24
Bragxnxall says2015-05-18T17:14:31.4037407-05:00
Yes, some curious quotes indeed.
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:14:55.7400527-05:00
"...And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses, and they slew all the [adult] males. And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones...And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses...And Moses was angry with the officers of the host And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Ba'laam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the female children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." Numbers 31:1-18
triangle.128k says2015-05-18T17:15:15.4602534-05:00
The bible sure should be taken literally alright.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-18T20:31:28.9296455-05:00
@Triangle, it seems you are attacking the only the first half of the bible. So do you also have the same disagreements with the new testament? I know it is irrelevant to ask you this since the question deals with the whole bible, and as a Catholic I believe in the whole bible. But I am curious about the length of your disagreements.
Bragxnxall says2015-05-18T21:01:33.3735791-05:00
@Mathgeekjoe I can infer that his stance is somewhat against the bible, however, I think he, like me, believes that some parts in the bible are wrong.
132sque says2015-05-19T07:46:19.6337557-05:00
@Legendary_Houp: of course not, literature doesn't attempt to control what people should believe and do. I didn't say shouldn't be read, I said follow. I think the bible should absolutely be read as a piece of literature. My problem is when people base their entire lives and morality upon it, not knowing for sure what is figurative and what is literal. That is the massive difference. How can you live your whole life on something without knowing what is truly meant. Cherry picking your way through it. Look at what triangle wrote. How are you to know that those should really be taken literally or not. You have no true idea at all. Sure you can equate them to the culture at the time etc... But how do you know those ideas of god have evolved. You can never know...So why follow such a thing
Legendary_Houp says2015-05-19T08:34:12.2573974-05:00
I don't understand your meaning. In order to determine what the Bible is trying to teach us, you must first determine which parts are literal or figurative the same way that you determine how literature is figurative or literal. I believe you are confusing this with trying to determine which parts of the Bible apply to us today and that can be answered very simply. When Jesus returned, he allowed us to no longer be bound by the Old Testament laws. They were given to the people of that time out of the culture of what was going on back then. In the New Testament, Jesus clearly teaches how we should live now that the old way has been abandoned. The Old Testament is no longer used by Christians to determine morality, the New Testament is. The purpose of the Old Testament was to show us the stark contrast between how things used to be, and how things are now that Jesus died. They are used mainly as a context for the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Old Testament was never intended to list commandments that we should follow today.
Legendary_Houp says2015-05-19T08:59:58.9023400-05:00
@132sque this article basically sums up my point.
KidMedic says2015-07-12T21:23:23.5258459-05:00
That's why a relative few are qualified to minister scripture to others. It takes education, practice, and prayer to interpret it, and a calling to minister it to others.

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