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Biblical literacy - is it important?

For Believers? For Non-Believers? Why?

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Asked by TikiWiki33 at 10:27 AM on Feb. 23, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • Sure, if you plan on debating the Bible you should have a good understanding of it.

    Answer by scout_mom at 10:29 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • ahhh...but 'understanding' is subjective. there are those that argue head-knowledge vs. heart-knowledge. so who is more literate?

    Answer by dullscissors at 10:30 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • Well you'll get different perspectives on what constitutes Literacy regarding the Bible, even among it's own believers. Some feel it needs to be taken 100% literal, others recognize uses of figurative language and allegory which would render those sing the Sole Literal interpretation as lacking in their literacy. Of course those that take it 100% literal also feel those that don't are lacking literacy in regards to the Bible as well. It's all a matter of imterpretation where the interpretations are purely subjective.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:32 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • I believe the basics can be understood by just about anyone, provided they remember not to take it too literally (miss the forest for the trees kind of thing, miss the point for the words on the page). Though I do believe that by learning to read the text in the context of the history, language, tradition, literary styles, etc, opens one up to a whole new level of understanding and knowledge.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:34 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • And that alone isn't taking into account what was lost (or added) during translation and interpretation over the years, what was left out, the culture of the time periods in which it was written, and several other factors.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:36 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • You have to take into account interpretation. We could all read the bible, cover to cover and all get something different out of it.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 10:41 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • About as important/critical as any other work of fiction. If you enjoy reading it, go for it. As for me, there are a lot of things I'd rather spend my time doing/reading.

    Answer by coder_chick at 10:46 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • heart knowledge is more literate but it starts in the head and you get it in the heart... the bible says the word of God is to be written on our hearts . When it is we have a greater understanding and revelation of the Words the come from HIS heart.

    It also says Knowledge and Understanding is the beginning of the Fear of the Lord ( Awe, Reverence)
    It is more for the believer than the unbeliever... without Holy Spirit in the person's daily life it doesn't work out as well. However God DOES use unbelievers every day.... God has and will speak to them every day the thing is many do not know it's God and use some other excuse to write it off as something else.

    Bandgeek if the basics was truly understood by everyone then the whole world would be saved. There is a flaw in that statement.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 10:53 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • I agree with the others- I view it as a guide book others view it as a rule book- I feel we both have a level of Bible literacy that aligns with what we want or need from the Bible-

    Answer by soyousay at 10:55 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • Just because they reject what the Bible says doesn't mean they don't understand what it says ;)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:55 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

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