Today, on the anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war in 1812, a Baltimore author is calling on Christians to go to war against biblical literalism, Protestant sectarianism, and the breakdown of marriage. The author, Mr. Martin Pierce, presents plans to defeat these evils in his newly published book, Return to Genesis: What Ancient Poetry Reveals About Christ, the Church, and the Kingdom.
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Since my declaration of war on biblical literalism will be questionable to some, let me explain...
Nowhere does the Bible tell us to try to take its words literally. In fact, that would be self-defeating since there's so much symbolism in the Bible! Jesus rebuked Nicodemus, a "teacher of Israel," for not understanding metaphors (John 3). Jesus taught in the symbolic language of parables more than He taught in literal language.
Biblical literalists boast of taking the Bible literally. However, all of us, literalists included, take some Bible passages literally and others figuratively. Should we make these decisions by bringing a pre-existing bias to the table? NO! Instead, we should let the Holy Spirit speak through the context of each Scripture passage to reveal the intended meaning.
In Return to Genesis, I point out many errors that have resulted from biblical literalism. One of the worst is the insistence that the creation days in Genesis 1 could only have been 24-hour days. Why - because God is incapable of understanding any other kind of day, even at a time when neither the Sun nor humans had been created?
So, yes, I do take the Bible with the utmost seriousness. For that reason, because I respect God's Word and how it is written, I reject the bias known as biblical literalism.