On Literal Interpretation

Many people believe in interpreting the Bible literally. Of course few of them believe that every word of the Bible is to be taken literally. For example in John 1:29 John says “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Most people would agree John is describing Jesus metaphorically and not describing a four footed creature with wool.

The problem is that once you admit that some of the Bible speaks in metaphors, the immediate question is which parts. The book of Genesis in particular becomes a major point of contention. If someone believes that some parts of the Bible are metaphorical but insists that Genesis is to be interpreted literally, they are in effect saying “Parts of the Bible are to be taken as facts and I will tell you which parts.”

For me the book of Genesis is a story, it is Mythos. In fact, there  are two quite different and distinct creation stories in Genesis, neither one ever intended as literal truth (i.e. Logos).

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