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I suppose you have to be driven enough to want to understand what the story is telling. A person can tell what parts of stories are symbolic and what parts are recounting things that happened just by reading the story and paying attention to it. You can't say all of it is symbolic and everything is just made up to teach a lesson through symbolism, because that is not true at all. If that is the way you want to think of it, that's a choice you make. People are smart enough (if they want to be), to tell the difference between actual history and a symbolic meaning by someone telling the story.
I've heard starkly different answers about which of these events are to be taken literally or not from people who claim to be of the same faith.
So hearing starkly different answers, from STARKLY
different people of the same faith? Provides you with avenue?
Despite the fact that everyone one is supposed to get thier own
message from scripture. That's just a weak cop out.
People are smart enough (if they want to be), to tell the difference between actual history and a symbolic meaning by someone telling the story.
I take that to mean, on an objective level, that you're either smart enough to know exactly which parts of the Bible are meant to be taken literally and which aren't, or you're not. Given the number of different permutations of literal vs nonliteral I've heard in my own experience, the implication would be that there's a large number of Christians who, using NCA's logic, aren't smart enough to know which is which.
originally posted by: randyvs
a reply to: TzarChasm
Who said it was? Another reading disability?
If I DEFY gravity does that disprove gravity?
How in TF does that work?
I want to know?