Comments on: Bible: Literal or Figurative? http://brendanmcphillips.com/bible-literal-or-figurative/ Spiritual & Personal Growth Sun, 07 May 2006 10:51:53 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0 by: Athana http://brendanmcphillips.com/bible-literal-or-figurative/#comment-17 Wed, 18 Jan 2006 00:55:22 +0000 http://brendanmcphillips.com/bible-literal-or-figurative/#comment-17 Brendan, Thanks for writing for the Carnival. I am concerned about the character and mental health of the god in your bible. This god delights in war. He is jealous. He kills entire cities of people. He laughs at people's misfortunes. He hates certain kinds of people. I could go on (and on, and on). If you read your bible, this is exactly what it says. I maintain that you, Brendan, bless your heart -- and millions more like you -- have been brainwashed into thinking that, despite his obviously psychotic behavior -- this god is Love. But the emperor has no clothes. A god who kills, loves war, is jealous, orders his followers to kill their children (Isaac), and who hates, cannot be "Love." You were born human, with a brain. That brain should tell you that you have been hoodwinked. Listen to your brain! Brendan, Thanks for writing for the Carnival. I am concerned about the character and mental health of the god in your bible. This god delights in war. He is jealous. He kills entire cities of people. He laughs at people’s misfortunes. He hates certain kinds of people. I could go on (and on, and on).

If you read your bible, this is exactly what it says.

I maintain that you, Brendan, bless your heart — and millions more like you — have been brainwashed into thinking that, despite his obviously psychotic behavior — this god is Love.

But the emperor has no clothes.

A god who kills, loves war, is jealous, orders his followers to kill their children (Isaac), and who hates, cannot be “Love.”

You were born human, with a brain. That brain should tell you that you have been hoodwinked. Listen to your brain!

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by: bleedingisaac http://brendanmcphillips.com/bible-literal-or-figurative/#comment-16 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:24:53 +0000 http://brendanmcphillips.com/bible-literal-or-figurative/#comment-16 It’s also interesting to me how differently Jesus read the Bible than his more liberal “followers.” Jesus seemed to believe the tale of Sodom and Gemorrah happened literally and used it to threaten others with (Matthew 17:22-36). Similarly, Jesus talks about the Jonah story as if it were true and makes parallels to his own life (Luke 11:29-32). Jesus seems to believe that Abel (son of Adam and Eve supposedly killed by Cain) was a real person (Luke 11:51). It appears Jesus believes that manna (magical bread) came down out of the sky for people to eat (John 6:49). Similarly, Jesus reads other passages like a fundamentalist. To prove a point about his right to be king, he relies on one single word (i.e. “Lord”) in one of David’s writings (Matthew 22:43-45). Sounds like a “literal, historical” point of view to me. Jesus uses the tense of the verb “am” to prove a point about the resurrection (Luke 20:37-38). Jesus proof-texts a Psalm to keep from being punished for making himself equal to God (John 10:34-35). Jesus also disagreed with most of your mainline protestant scholars about the authorship of the books of the Bible. He attributes the Torah to Moses (Matthew 19:7, 8; Mark 7:10, 12:26; Luke 5:14; 16:29,31; 24:27, 44; John 1:17; 5:45, 46; 7:19). He attributes “both Isaiah’s” to the same “Isaiah” (Mark 7:6–13; John 12:37–41). He believes Daniel wrote the book of Daniel (Daniel wrote Daniel: Matthew 24:15). Do you believe the founder of your religion practiced the same hermeneutic that you do? If not, are you a better representative of true Christianity than Christ? It’s also interesting to me how differently Jesus read the Bible than his more liberal “followers.” Jesus seemed to believe the tale of Sodom and Gemorrah happened literally and used it to threaten others with (Matthew 17:22-36). Similarly, Jesus talks about the Jonah story as if it were true and makes parallels to his own life (Luke 11:29-32). Jesus seems to believe that Abel (son of Adam and Eve supposedly killed by Cain) was a real person (Luke 11:51). It appears Jesus believes that manna (magical bread) came down out of the sky for people to eat (John 6:49).

Similarly, Jesus reads other passages like a fundamentalist. To prove a point about his right to be king, he relies on one single word (i.e. “Lord”) in one of David’s writings (Matthew 22:43-45). Sounds like a “literal, historical” point of view to me. Jesus uses the tense of the verb “am” to prove a point about the resurrection (Luke 20:37-38). Jesus proof-texts a Psalm to keep from being punished for making himself equal to God (John 10:34-35).

Jesus also disagreed with most of your mainline protestant scholars about the authorship of the books of the Bible. He attributes the Torah to Moses (Matthew 19:7, 8; Mark 7:10, 12:26; Luke 5:14; 16:29,31; 24:27, 44; John 1:17; 5:45, 46; 7:19). He attributes “both Isaiah’s” to the same “Isaiah” (Mark 7:6–13; John 12:37–41). He believes Daniel wrote the book of Daniel (Daniel wrote Daniel: Matthew 24:15).

Do you believe the founder of your religion practiced the same hermeneutic that you do? If not, are you a better representative of true Christianity than Christ?

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by: Back of the Envelope http://brendanmcphillips.com/bible-literal-or-figurative/#comment-15 Mon, 16 Jan 2006 16:40:26 +0000 http://brendanmcphillips.com/bible-literal-or-figurative/#comment-15 <strong>God or Not Carnival: "Scriptural Literalism"...</strong> This week, Back of the Envelope is hosting the God or Not Carnival on the topic of Scriptural Literalism. As host, I'm not allowed to talk about my own opinions on this topic, or judge the submissions other...... God or Not Carnival: “Scriptural Literalism”…

This week, Back of the Envelope is hosting the God or Not Carnival on the topic of Scriptural Literalism. As host, I’m not allowed to talk about my own opinions on this topic, or judge the submissions other……

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