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The BIBLE, LITERAL or METAPHORICAL?

(Should the bible be interpreted literally, word for word, or metaphorically?)


THE LOGOS

The true WORD, the LOGOS, is not in a physical book. It is in our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Consider these verses from the bible:

2COR 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

2COR 3:4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

2COR 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

2COR 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The bible cannot be interpreted without the aid of the Holy Spirit. There is a vail upon the heart of the non-believers which prevents them from understanding it. Only the Holy Spirit can remove that vail.

2COR 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

2COR 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

2COR 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

It is through the Holy Spirit that we can be aware of Divine Reason, The Logos. The Logos resides in our "hearts" which metaphorically refers to the ground of our being which transcends both time and space. We all have the same ground of being: One "Heart", One Logos, common to us all.

We should not try to interpret the bible literally, word for word, but we must learn to depend on the Holy Spirit for guidance when we try to impart the truth to others.

JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

THE LETTER KILLETH

2COR 3:6 (God) also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

If we take the bible literally, word for word, we then treat it as though it were a law book. We try to justify ourselves by citing verses as though they were laws. But the truth is not in a book. It is spiritual.

GAL 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

GAL 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

JOHN 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

METAPHOR

In the King James Version, the word "metaphor" usually appears as "figure" or "proverb":

JOHN 16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

HEB 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

ROM 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Note how, in Rom 5:14, Adam and Moses are used as metaphors for Jesus. Adam died because of sin while Jesus died to save us from sin. Moses leading the Hebrews out of captivity is a metaphor for Jesus releasing man from the captivity of sin.

We can interpret the metaphors because we have direct access to the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit:

1COR 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1COR 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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