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Bible picking and choosing?

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June 20, 2019 / By Bryan
Question: I think I am confused on the picking and choosing options for people who believe in the christian bible (The Pick-A-Version, mostly because everyone has slight differences and every believer says theirs is the right one). I have noticed that when the bible proposes a scientific fallacy that could not have been know at the time that people choose to say it is a metaphor. However, when it pleases them they choose to say a thing is to be taken literally. I notice that there is no guide or document that selects which passages are to be taken literally and which are to be metaphors. So my question is thus, who makes that call? Is it up to the individual and if so then what credit can be made for the bible if it is chocked full of Pick-A-Meanings? I know the KJV calls male on male homosexuality (not one myself just making a point) abomination, and also calls the consuming of shellfish an abomination. Would you say "times have changed and it's ok to eat shrimp/crawfish/clams/scallops and be gay" or would you say "the word is law, no shrimp/crawfish/clams/scallops/gays"? @Sky Is The Limit TOTALLY off topic but thanks I guess for taking the time to copy/pasta something. @M I’ll get back to you on that one, long list of tidbits. Easily can be explained away as metaphors but still… @Brad I’m not an atheist, I’m an Asatru man. I know about the treat other yada yada. In my opinion I’m a very good hearted man with chuck Norris level morale character, I’m asking an intellectual question about a specific topic, not about morales. @Torgo Wtb strategy guide, Ebay can has? I think that’s the core of what I’m getting at, who makes the call, and by what rules? And I have emailed a Cardinal, and they give very “look inside your heart to know the meaning of christ’s word” on things that are vague and “you must obey unfailingly this interpretation I am presenting to you” on things that the church is firm about but could still be vague via text. @Zach Esters Lol wut? @Fred They told you not to say much huh? Tell me more about how they talk to you personally @Martin Yes of course, but I’m attempting to find out if that is the case, or they have some form of strategy guide for it. Benefit of the doubt and all that. @Sheltie Lover So… you take it literally… to interpret a “whole picture”? That’s what I got out of your reply. @ozone Ikr, not to mention Leviticus 11:9-12, Thou shalt not nom nom shrimp/crawfish/crab/scallops/squid/and other delicious EXTREMELY healthy for you sea creatures. Just don’t do it. @aa Perfect answer. Me gusta. @krazyabouthim Interesting view point honestly, but it’s telling me to use faith to reinforce faith, that’s not how it works brah. No bueno but ty anyhow. @Elijah Sheets IKR, those efkers! Luckily, am not atheist. I am a man STRONG in faith, just wondering about something that I’ve never thought to ask until tonight. But thanks for the assumptions and pre judgments. Very nice of you. @aa again Dumb that down for me. Are you essentially saying Paul goes "Yo bro, that's old school stuff, disregard that, but the gay thing still applies." Am I right on that scriptural translation? @aa Roger that, I wasn't picking or anything, just tossed in the easiest way to understand it. Heck that works for me as a fairly decent explanation. ty bro ;) @M I started to pick out some of the sciency ones, but lordy (no pun intended) it's taking some time. So check out this link and use some common sense when looking as some of these. I won't refute some like fitting the millions upon millions of animals on the tiny arc because we can simply say god created a pocket dimension within the confines of the ship, but I will however refute god creating light on the first day with no source (sun an stars on the third). Thing like that. Sciency stuff! Also, always wondered, isn't carbon dating what proves the Dead Sea Scrolls to be as old as they say they are, and isn't carbon dating what tells us the earth is billions of years old and dinosaurs aren't a recent fake creation? Also see fossil fuels. http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/science/long.html
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Albert Albert | 6 days ago
No, there is no guide or document that selects which passages are to be taken literally and which are to be metaphors, and where room exists for different interpretations of passages what the 'correct' interpretation is. This is why bible study classes exist within the denominations of Christianity. The bible is a collection of books written over the span of many centuries. Some of these books are historical narratives, others are sapiental (wisdom books), others are poetry. Some are stories that have a moral or lesson attached to them, such as the parables that Jesus taught. A book of poetry, like the Song of Solomon is not read and understood the same way as the Book of Leviticus (rules, regulations) or the Acts of the Apostles (narrative, testimony). There is no good answer to your question other than interpretations of some aspects of the bible will differ as much as opinions do. This is one reason why the Catholic church does not believe that the Bible alone (sol scriptura) has all of the answers, but also believes in church tradition to correctly interpret those passages which are construed as ambiguous. ------------------------EDIT More specifically about shellfish, Leviticus, and homosexuality (picking and choosing from this Book). Paul (formerly known as Saul) was a zealous Jew who was miraculously converted to Christianity after persecuting the early Christian Church. As a member of the Sanhedrin he knew the Mosaic Law inside and out. Galatians 1:14 "And I made progress in the Jews' religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. " In his Letter to the Galatians he criticized them for allowing themselves to be mislead into believing that by following certain aspects of the Mosaic Law (rituals, dietary restrictions, festivals) they would be justified as Christians which was not what he originally taught them. So this is one reason why the "shellfish" edict is no longer followed by most Christians. However, Paul wrote in Romans 1:26-28 condemning homosexual practices as immoral. It is assumed that Paul knew by the Spirit of what he wrote was correct since his letters are a prominent part of the New Testament. Hence the "picking and choosing" in Leviticus between shell fish and homosexuality. --------EDIT As I understand it. Paul WAS assumed to be an authority in the Mosaic law, and brought Christianity to the Gentiles (non-Jewish people).
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Albert Originally Answered: Bible picking and choosing?
No, there is no guide or document that selects which passages are to be taken literally and which are to be metaphors, and where room exists for different interpretations of passages what the 'correct' interpretation is. This is why bible study classes exist within the denominations of Christianity. The bible is a collection of books written over the span of many centuries. Some of these books are historical narratives, others are sapiental (wisdom books), others are poetry. Some are stories that have a moral or lesson attached to them, such as the parables that Jesus taught. A book of poetry, like the Song of Solomon is not read and understood the same way as the Book of Leviticus (rules, regulations) or the Acts of the Apostles (narrative, testimony). There is no good answer to your question other than interpretations of some aspects of the bible will differ as much as opinions do. This is one reason why the Catholic church does not believe that the Bible alone (sol scriptura) has all of the answers, but also believes in church tradition to correctly interpret those passages which are construed as ambiguous. ------------------------EDIT More specifically about shellfish, Leviticus, and homosexuality (picking and choosing from this Book). Paul (formerly known as Saul) was a zealous Jew who was miraculously converted to Christianity after persecuting the early Christian Church. As a member of the Sanhedrin he knew the Mosaic Law inside and out. Galatians 1:14 "And I made progress in the Jews' religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. " In his Letter to the Galatians he criticized them for allowing themselves to be mislead into believing that by following certain aspects of the Mosaic Law (rituals, dietary restrictions, festivals) they would be justified as Christians which was not what he originally taught them. So this is one reason why the "shellfish" edict is no longer followed by most Christians. However, Paul wrote in Romans 1:26-28 condemning homosexual practices as immoral. It is assumed that Paul knew by the Spirit of what he wrote was correct since his letters are a prominent part of the New Testament. Hence the "picking and choosing" in Leviticus between shell fish and homosexuality. --------EDIT As I understand it. Paul WAS assumed to be an authority in the Mosaic law, and brought Christianity to the Gentiles (non-Jewish people).

Syd Syd
. The Bible is like a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. You have to put all the pieces together to get the real picture. ie: It has to be taken as a whole. It is to be taken literally unless it gives specific reason not to. ie: The Bible says that "Jesus spoke to them only in Parables, and with out Parables he did not speak". A Parable is not literal. It is an illustration. He was making a point, not telling a literal story. Also: The whole book of Revelation is full of mysterious references. The parts that we can take literally, have to be in agreement with "the big picture" already created by the Old and New Testaments. .
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Reba Reba
You've asked a question that other Christians may criticise (and accuse you of being a closet atheist), and that atheists may ridicule, or at least take the opportunity to point out what they may see as some of the many flaws of the Bible. Here's what you should do - trust your morality, and try to treat others how you'd like to be treated. You'll be respected for that, which may earn you a better life here on earth. After that, who knows?
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Merlyn Merlyn
I think the Catholics have some kind of strategy guide to understanding the bible. They have spent centuries deciding which parts you can ignore and which parts you can force other people to follow. Just send the pope an e-mail and I'm sure he'll get right back to you with the information you desire.
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Leslie Leslie
Yes, Christians always site the book of Leviticus as proof that God hates gays. but they ignore these passages from Chapter 20: 9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. 10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death Why didn't they call fo the death of Jimmy Swaggart when he was caught with a prostitute?
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Leslie Originally Answered: Why is the Bible so evil? What makes Genghis Khan and Joshua of the Bible so different?
@Gerry: That's no answer. Do enlighten us. @Creation Detective: Read your bible. The Isrealites were the aggressors because they wanted their land. @NEVER SUBMIT: "God decided that certain groups were to be eliminated". <--- That is that action of a "good and loving god" how exactly? Nowhere in the Bible does it say that any of the 31 tribes that Joshua wiped out did ANYTHING wrong other than have the misfortune of settling on land that the Isrealites wanted. @Mr.Longrove: So what you are saying is that the Isrealites decided to murder the children in the name of THEIR god instead? Putting swords through baby boys for the favor of their god Yahweh? Do I have that right? I just want to make sure I understand you. I'm sorry, I don't think you are going to get an answer to your question. "NEVER SUBMIT" came the closest, but his answer really boils down to "Yeah, he's evil so watch it". Fact is, it is impossible to defend the indefensible atrocities of Joshua. >> I think you are right about our defender. I've heard that twisted logic before: "They were killing their children, so the Isrealites killed those children instead!" I never understood that. For me, it was the story of Lot that made me start to question, but Joshua put the nail in the coffin.

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