@PDPrice, because you’re relying very heavily on particular interpretation of the Bible, I wonder how you would know if your interpretation of Genesis was incorrect? As we know, we’re all fallible and limited in our view of reality, and there are many different interpretations of many doctrines within Christianity. How do you go about figuring out which is correct?
Maybe more particularly, how would we know when our interpretation of Scripture is best?
@PDPrice Scripture is important to you, as it is to me. I’d think you’d be all about this topic. How do you determine if your interpretation of Scripture happens to be wrong? What is the process? How would you know?
That is a profoundly anti-Jesus and anti-Biblical statement. Do you know that? Jesus said heaven and earth will pass away but never his words. He was echoing the OT about the grass withering and flower fading but the word of God will stand forever. What pray-tell, does reality have to do with the established word of God?
Here’s my point. Your reality is based on your interpretation of the evidence, mine is based on my interpretation. If we as human prone to both get it wrong, how would it be best to err? On which side of the evidence should we find ourselves when God’s reality is finally and ultimately imposed?
Well…you would think, right? But no, not necessarily. Remember when Ann Gauger said “The cost is just too great” [for peace, that is]. It would all depend on how far I would be expected to move my position of belief. If it was too far from my Scriptural comfort zone, then no, I could not err that far.
Hmm. No I did not say that. No arrogance intended here but I have not found one convincing piece of evidence in my decades here on earth that shows me “I know something is wrong” (to use your words) with a starting and continued literal interpretation of Genesis. I have found nuances to that literal view, however.
But the question wasn’t if we were wrong, the question was how would we know if we were wrong. I’d welcome your contribution to that question. I thought that’s what you were talking about in your previous replies but maybe not.
Hardly. Did Jesus say that heaven and earth were not real? He absolutely did not. In fact, the reality of the Bible says look to the heavens for truth, doesn’t it, and that mankind will be held accountable for the truths revealed in creation.
Nobody gets it all 100% right. I’m sure we can all agree to that. But determining the proper interpretation is about taking a holistic approach to the scriptures, allowing them to in effect interpret themselves by seeing how other parts of the Bible regard that part. If all I had was Genesis 1, I would still default to a literal understanding because there’s nothing in the text to suggest otherwise; however, I might be open to a different take on it much more so than I am now, without all the rest of the Bible’s commentary on it. But with the rest of the Bible to go on, there’s no question in my mind that God intended to leave absolutely no room for long ages, evolution or death before sin.
It’s by no means the only place, but one key passage of scripture I keep going back to (because of how clear it is) would be 2 Peter 3. This passage is so clear that it utterly lays waste to allegorical or figurative interpretations of Genesis.