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Why is a someone with a non-literal interpretation of the Bible "lacking the Holy Spirit"/

Is there a Bible verse that says every word in the Bible should be taken at its exact, literal value? I'm always reading that anyone with a non-literal interpretation needs to search the word and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide them, which I take as "you are wrong, try again". Why can't someone who takes a non-literal approach to the Bible be lead by the Holy Spirit?


Asked by Anonymous at 12:47 AM on Mar. 1, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I'm a Christian who believes most of the Bible wasn't meant to be taken completely literally. I believe that reading the text as it was written and intended to be read is important., which means trying to understand the time/mentality/culture/language/style/etc in which it was written. We also have to consider the intended audience. We can't read it today and get what they meant to say from reading it like you would a history book, its not written to be literal history. If you read the Bible completely literally, a lot gets lost.

    But that's just me...

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 8:50 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • You can, it's just being called "non-religious". The biggest part of religion wants you to feel, read and interpret things the way they do. Doesn't matter which religion, they are all like this.


    Answer by legalmommy101 at 12:57 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • There is a difference between "similar" interpretation and "exactly identical" interpretation.

    I think you'll find that not all religions demand that every follower interprets their holy scripture as being literal history, recorded by divinely guided authors rather than faillable humans.

    Answer by Clairwil at 7:05 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • The bible is meant as literal unless otherwise noted and there are places where it is noted especially in the book of revelation. Jesus also spoke in parables to give understanding of what He was talking about.
    Every word spoken was given for a reason. It is through the Holy Spirit that you can find out what it is.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:00 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • There are three different viewpoints on what the "ultimate authority" is in various Christian denoms... for instance, Catholics believe the authority for interpretation, etc, lies with the Church, and that the Holy Spirit and the Bible guide the Church leadership to make right judgments. For others, the authority lies in the Word of God, in the Bible, and a literal interpretation is considered to be necessary - the church/leadership and Holy Spirit are to help understand the Word. And for others (ie the Quakers) the Holy Spirit is the authority - the direct experience of the voice of God speaking in your heart - and the church and Bible are to help access and understand that within a righteous framework. For Christians of that underlying perspective, a literal interp. of the Bible would indicate that one was relying LESS on the Holy Spirit. It all depends on the denom. you're in and your beliefs.

    Answer by Collinsky at 1:49 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • "Is there a Bible verse that says every word in the Bible should be taken at its exact, literal value?"

    No, there isn't...which defeats that whole notion now doesn't it?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:18 PM on Mar. 1, 2010