posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 12:41 AM
The truth is that many people, even those who are supposedly qualified to teach religious doctrine, grossly misinterpret scripture. It would serve
these people well to study all of the literature from around the 1st century AD, if studying New Testament scriptures, and ancient Hebrew literature
if discussing Old Testament scripture. Doing so yields great insights into what was influencing people at those specific times. It becomes apparent
through studying these writings that there definitely was a specific literary style, or specific style of writing, and that both literal and
figurative types of ideas were used. The hard part is determining one from the other, literal from allegorical, etc.
Much of the confusion stems from the fact that people are interpreting everything in the Bible literally. This is a huge mistake. Personally I highly
doubt that that the 7 days of creation was meant literally. But here is the thing...It could have been, but that still does not pose a problem. The
Bible never states that the creation story, or other stories in Genesis, was directly given by God. Therefore it stands to reason that the ideas could
have literally been "made up" by Moses, who is generally accepted as the author of Genesis. Or maybe he had certain knowledge that he
misinterpreted. Or maybe, like I said before, the days were not literally "days." Obviously there are inconsistencies in the creation story with
what we know about the creation of the universe today.
Even if the Bible's creation story is inaccurate, this does not mean that all or even most of the Bible is inaccurate. I think some make that logical
leap, and they would be highly incorrect in doing so. So not only do we have the problem of deciding what is literal and what is not, but we also have
the problem of figuring out which parts of the Bible were inspired and written by man, and which were inspired by God and written by man. I do not
think anyone actually believes that God really wrote the Bible, although it would not surprise me. From a Christian point of view, I think doctrine
leans toward the divine inspiration theory.
What really aggravates me are those people who claim evolution cannot be true, because the Bible does not say it is true, or because the theory
disagrees with the Bible. The Bible is extremely vague on the subject of creation in the first place, which to me implies that the author did not have
very much information on the subject to begin with. Plus, the technical and scientific knowledge available today was non-existent at that time. And
this fits with the idea that man, not God, came up with the creation story. Or there is the possibility that God described creation in this way, which
was of no consequence to pre-scientific ancient man, and which would serve today to cast doubt into believers, thoroughly testing their faith. I do
not necessarily believe this, but it is a possibility that must be considered.
People think God should make it easy for everyone by simply showing himself, but this would really nullify the entire point of faith. Therefore I
think faith plays a very large role in God's plan for the world, because not everyone will be able to put faith into something that cannot be proven.
This does not mean it is not true however. Anyway, regarding evolution, who is anyone to think that they know God and His ways well enough to say that
He could not have used evolution as a tool of creation? I think that a true God would have created intricate systems, like we understand today,
instead of something inherently simple. Our world is the epitome of complexity, yet is extremely simple. It truly seems like the work of an almighty
So I think people put way too much faith in the Bible, and not enough faith in God. The Bible, in my opinion, is simply chock full of
misinterpretations and inventions by man, whether there was nefarious intent or not. Probably not, but who knows. Most of the history portions of the
Bible are trustworthy to a large extent, while some of the OT doctrine is an invention of man, imo. I think that the teachings of Jesus found in the
NT are much more accurate and indicative of the true nature of God. If you really research the NT and Jesus' teachings, you will find many
similarities with modern day beliefs, which are more scientifically based, like OBE's, the existence of an all powerful Father being, etc. I say
scientific, but what I mean is that more easily verifiable today than in ancient times, since we can get accurate 1st hand information and reports,
and then test these various reports for consistencies and inconsistencies.
To wrap this post up, as I'm running out of space, I believe that no one should hold steadfast to every single thing the Bible says or teaches. This
would be different if the Bible were ever said by a true authority to be the word of God. But the Bible in its current form was non-existent during
the times of the OT and NT. Something to think about...