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How to read the Bible

How to read the Bible

We need to free ourselves from the deranged notion that a text must be either literal or figurative and that we have to read consistently one way or the other.  The demand for consistency can only lead to absurdities.  “Babylon” is a great city and a great harlot (Rev 17—18). Whichisit, John? If it’s the city “Babylon,” “Harlot” can’t be literal. A city might be full of harlots, but the city itself cannot be a harlot. And it’s not literally “Babylon” either. By John’s day, Babylon wasn’t a great power. Both terms are figurative. We can’t take either one literally...

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What He Lacks Teaches Him

What He Lacks Teaches Him

What is set before Adam is a choice. He is free to eat of every tree, including the special Tree of Life. He is forbidden to eat of the Tree of Knowledge. Approaching the garden’s center, he must choose which of the Trees to eat first. If he rejects the Tree of Knowledge and partakes of the Tree of Life, he will enter into a process of further life that will eventuate in eternal life. Having obeyed God in faith at the outset, he will set himself on a road of further faithful obedience. If, however, he chooses to eat...

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