reply to post by hotpinkurinalmint
When it comes to literalism, the first question you may wish to ask is "Does it matter?" Does a story in the Bible lose its instructional value if
it contains biases or fabrications?
It doesn't matter to me obviously not, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here.
For centuries the bibles were forced upon populations as literal truth and actually written by Yahwhejesus that should be believed and followed on
pane of death .
Unfortunately the sheeple began to read and learn to ask hard questions of the church, the compilers of these books. Over time the actual words of
Yahweh jesus mutated and became words "Inspired" by Ywhwehjesus.
Indeed, the ignorant sheeple had been lied to and eventually caught out the liars but were still deluded/indoctrinated enough to accept another lie
the lie of "Inspiration" truth reveald by Yahwhejesus wrapped up in a puzzle that the individual sheep had to decipher.
Needless to say the sheeple wanted/needed to understand the scriptures and had to fall back on the liars to explain what the words actually meant and
settled for whatever nonsensical explanation they got for fear of going to hell.
So, "Does it matter?" Does a story in the Bible lose its instructional value if it contains biases or fabrications?
It would seem not to those who desperately need it all to be true, it certainly doesn't matter to them if there is no instructional value at all, as
they will at the drop of a hat accept what someone else tells them is the instructional value of a scripture.
If you tell a child there is a moral lesson in Jack and the Beanstalk the child may seek and seek and perhaps conclude that the lesson is - "
If a stranger offers you some magic beans for a perfectly good working cow take the chance you may end up stealing a goose that lays golden eggs".
If the child does not see the lesson in this tale, you may of course make one up as the child desperate to see the lesson will accept anything you
At the end of the day any supposed "lessons" in the bibles are no more nor less valid than Jack and the Beanstalk, Humpty Dumpty or Die Hard 4 . The
big difference of course is that the latter have never been claimed to have been written by an inerrant invisible man in the sky and were once
absolute truth but are now just inspired by said invisible man.