posted on Jul, 8 2003 @ 11:38 PM
It seems then, that there are portions of the bible which we must interpret figuratively, and there are some portions that we must take literally. I
can dig that. How are we then, to distinguish the figurative verse from the literal verse? It seems to me, that this has always depended upon what
science, exploration and cultural value shifts have had to say about the matter. When folks thought the earth was indeed flat, well, clearly the
bible backs that up with reference to four corners, pillars and edges of the earth. For anyone to say differently, that would surely be sacrilege.
Once science/exploration proved that the world was spherical however, suddenly these same verses were obviously not to be taken literally. These were
just metaphors that when translated to English really didn't mean that that authors of the bible thought that the world was flat.
If interpretation can vary so wildly, why should we trust any interpretation now? What if we are as wrong now as we were then (not about the world
being flat, but other things)? What does that say about the relevancy and accuracy of what we are believing?
The 4th commandment tells us to remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. On the 7th day we are to do no work. This commandment speaks of a day to
be observed simultaneously by all the peoples of the earth. This is clearly an astronomical impossibility with a spherical planet the size of ours.
If however, you believed the world to be flat and smaller (which they did at the time), then this commandment might make more sense. What about
doctors? Should they recognize the sabbath along with everyone else? "I'm sorry sir that you were hit by an automobile, but today is the sabbath
and I cannot work." Or perhaps this is just another one of those convenient metaphors we find throughout the bible? What does that say for the
other commandments? Thou shalt not kill. Is that a metaphor too?