Can the bible be both the literal truth and also be allegorical?
For example, according to some people the book of Gensis in the absolute truth of how the world was reacted. But does this also apply to other parts of the bible, that has God encouraging the massacre of infants (Psalm 137:8-9) For example. Do you look at this passage as word for word truth. How much research needs to be done, if the bible can not be wrong to find out what was really meant. Can the translation of the bible be wrong? And if so how would someone know which bible is the word of god. How do you know if the interpretation that you have is God's message.
Answer by TortisShell at 10:15 PM on Jun. 12, 2009
Answer by outstandingLove at 12:18 AM on Jun. 11, 2009
Answer by missbreezy214 at 12:36 AM on Jun. 11, 2009
Answer by Shaneagle777 at 12:41 AM on Jun. 11, 2009
Answer by eringobrough at 12:54 AM on Jun. 11, 2009
Yes, the Bible can be both literal and allegorical - in fact the same passage can be understood both ways. The "literal" sense is the primary consideration when examining the Bible but it doesn't mean you take everything word-for-word literally it means that you need to figure out what the inspired author intended the words to mean. Like if I use the phrase "raining cats and dogs" I mean it's raining hard not that God performed a miracle and caused pets to fall from the sky. But we can also understand passages from an allegorical, moral and heavenly sense IN ADDITION to the literal sense. Some helpful articles:
This article is an example of using these 4 senses when examining Exodus
Answer by eringobrough at 12:59 AM on Jun. 11, 2009
Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:26 AM on Jun. 11, 2009
Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:27 AM on Jun. 11, 2009
Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:32 AM on Jun. 11, 2009
And this last verse talks about how the natural man (someone who is not born again) cannot understand the Bible like a believer.
"But God has revealed [them] to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy [fn] Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
"But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned . . .
For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" [fn] But we have the mind of Christ." 1 Corinthians 2:10-16
Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:36 AM on Jun. 11, 2009