The Literal principle simply put means that we are to interpret the Word of God just as we interpret other forms of communication, in the most obvious and natural sense. When Scripture uses a metaphor or a figure of speech, we should interpret it accordingly. --------------------------------------------------------> Introduction Here is an example of this concept... crack open your bible to Daniel 8. we will look at verse 26. He is told to seal up the prophecy because the time for it is way in the far future. look also.. 12:4 9 cf. 9:24
( Dan. 8:26(niv) The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future )
Now we look at another verse in the book of Revelations. 22 :10
( Rev. 22:10 (niv) Then he told me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. )
Did John intend to communicate that to be near? is should also be noted that John used other words such as "soon" and "the time is near". Many churches teach that day is still coming to us, in the future. ( Its been over 2000 years. ) Yet... The distant future for Daniel's vision was a span of 600ish years.
You can use the literal principle to help you answer this question and more. Another example would be in Revelations 14:20 The Bible says that at Armageddon the blood of Christ's enemies would rise "as high as the horses bridles for a distance of 1600 stadia." Does Scripture intend to convey that Palestine will literally be submerged in an almost 5 foot deep river of Blood that stretches the entire length from north to south? or.... is the apostle John simply using a common apocalyptic motif to convey massive wartime death and slaughter? --------------------------------------------------------> We Begin
Theologian R.C. Sproul aptly said, "To interpret the Bible literally is to interpret it as literature."
The Literal principle simply put means that we are to interpret the Word of God just as we interpret other forms of communication, in the most obvious and natural sense. When Scripture uses a metaphor or a figure of speech, we should interpret it accordingly. So then if the biblical writer uses a symbol or an allegory, we will lose its intended meaning if it is interpreted in a strictly literal manner.
Dr. Luke began his account with the words... Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightiest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
His narrative begins clearly as a historic account of things recently transpired. it would be a complete disaster to interpret it as a parable or poem. The bible is treasury replete with a large variety of literary styles ranging from proverbs, poetry, and psalms to historical narratives, didactic epistles, and apocalyptic revelations. Contrary to those folks who assert that the bible is just a old book of parables and should never be taken literally. Prior to the nineteenth century all Christians, futurists included, believed that a commonsense reading of Scripture inevitability led to the conclusion that the second coming / bodily return of Christ and rapture / resurrection of believers were simultaneous events. ( see... Timothy P. Weber, On the road to Armageddon: how Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend (Grand Rapids:Baker,2004),24.) W
Lets always remember that the whole of scripture needs to be in sight. this blog post will get longer in the days to come until it is finished and the next principle will begin. God Bless.
The Bible Geek here..... I've decided to put a post out on hermeneutics so some who desire to learn how to understand scripture in the more difficult places, could have a resource to do so. I will be borrowing acronyms and info from CRI to give credit where it is due.
The acronym to remember is... LIGHTS
L Literal Principle
I Illumination Principle
G Grammatical Principle
H Historical Principle
T Typology Principle
S Scriptural Synergy
The six principles will be put into separate posts for clarity and size reduction. if your interested in this topic then you will want to check back here from time to time to see if I have finished.. Take care and God Bless You all.
For years I have searched for answers to the question above. And for years I have tried to understand much about this topic. My main problem with this doctrine was that I never could find any sustenance to any of the arguments that were presented to me, and the scripture points me in another direction. so I will be doing a few new blog posts to examine this closer.
Sometimes we need to take some time and get back to the basics. Make today that day. Draw him in closer and remember the day he first saved you. And take some time to pray, pray for your family members and pray for your spiritual revival. The Bible geek
God has left plenty of evidence that we live in a creation but that doesn’t stop those who refuse to believe in the creator. And the Bible expresses that they are without excuse.
Romans 1 v20(KJV) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
Although we have ways to see some of the invisible things now, all of the things point to the creator. I am writing this post to show you some of the things that have been discovered so it might increase your faith in our great creator and God.
First on the list of three I shall mention today is the bombardier beetle. This fascinating little critter houses four glands in its abdomen. Two of the glands hold different chemicals that when mixed… explode. The third gland holds a chemical that neutralizes the explosion. And the fourth gland holds a fourth chemical that neutralizes the neutralizer chemical and allows the explosion which he can direct at an enemy. Here is an article about the bombardier beetle Click here
Second is another beetle, the weevil, this critter has a unique hip Joint that allows it to climb up and down branches of different thicknesses . It is a screw that fits into a nut. Yes God was first to develop the screw. Here is an article about that little critter.
Third on the list for today is a jumping bug. God placed a gear on the exoskeleton of his legs which keep them lined up when jumping. I placed a link to an article so you could see more detail about it as well.
This world that we live in is so full of mystery and wonder that I don’t think we will run out of things to amaze us our whole lives. And the life that we receive as saved Christians in the world to come will go so far beyond this one that we could never even imagine. The Bible Geek
All across America there is a war raging, that war is against the truth in the Bible. That war is against the foundation of the very Church that our savior and wonderful Lord Jesus Christ cried bled and died for; and some church's are laying down the only weapon given under heaven to combat this war(scripture). This war is going to increase daily as the devil is increasing his grasp in the world. For example he(the devil) only needs to threaten to remove tax exempt status and those churches will stop preaching against homosexuality; or jail time and those people will run and hide. The character of the folks that God used as tools to write the very scripture that I hold HIGH was different. Paul spent a lot of time in jail and refused to change the message. Jesus Christ himself said give to Caesar what is Caesar's. I urge you all to keep the weapon that God has given you and refuse to lay it down. it is the scripture that is sharper than any two edged sword that can cut deep. It does hurt when you are told to stop something. But that correction is needed to bring about repentance vital for changing the direction of one on life's highway. Remember that almost everyone is walking down the big highway because its downhill and easy, to turn around is hard and all of the folks will be bumping into you as you walk the thin trail upward. The war is real. Time is short. above all..... God loves you and will give you the strength to dodge the blows of the haters, and should one succeed in removing us from this life, its all gain for us. Better to live for him now then without him later. The Bible Geek
Critical thinking is being attacked in most of the forums that are available to folks today. In the collages and schools of America it is becoming increasingly more difficult to freely think and it's being done in the name of freedom of thought. Here is an example from my life. One month last year I was goofing around with a game program that I duplicated for fun just to see if I could do it (angry birds). After hundreds of attempts at the equation's that decrease gravity and speed of the bird plus the hundreds of attempts to get sound and the various crumbling routines done so they all worked together without affecting each other, wow, let me tell you it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. But I finished it and then altered the images so it would be somewhat different from the original. One day a five year old girl (cousin) was at our house and I placed my laptop in front of her and turned the game on. She played it for a little bit but I am sure the original was easier for her (touchscreen verse my mouse). well she asked where I got it and I replied that I threw some numbers together and it just appeared. She busted out in laughter and then said, no silly, what store did you buy it in. That five year old kid has more critical thinking than thousands of college graduates that the schools are reproducing every single year. It wasn’t even slightly possible in her mindset that 47,563,105 numbers could have magically arranged themselves into that little game yet collage professors are teaching that terabytes times terabytes of information formed by themselves into the first living organisms while completely ignoring all patterns that are visible through the information. The patterns that are visible in the example games bytes would be in the animation information repeated but changed slightly. pray for the children entering schools here in America. The first person to discover micro life wasAntoni Van Leeuwenhoek who was a believer in God (as most Scientists that were at the forefront of discovery) although not the trinity, and was entirely self taught, as in never receiving a formal degree from anywhere. I will limit this post to single cell microorganisms such as this man discovered. Millions and Millions of different types of bacteria exist, almost all are single-cell microorganisms which reproduce by asexual binary fission (dividing). They live almost everywhere and their even airborne. Antoni was amazed when he first gazed thru his crudely fashioned eyepiece. Could you even imagine what he would have said could he enter a laboratory such as we have today?
This is a sketch of the most efficient motor in existence today, this motor spins over 100,000 rpm and reverses on a dime. This unit is composed of at least three parts -- a paddle, a rotor, and the motor -- it is irreducibly complex. It propels the bacteria through it's environment. There are some differences in the flagellum depending upon the bacteria your examining and not all have this motor. There is so much more to see that is going on at this level (which is far smaller than Antoni could see) that it demands intelligent design. And the kids are being told that random mutation or natural causes brought about everything that we see today. Look folks, we have got to stand up to these idiots and shut them down wherever they are. There is far to much information that goes into one little bacteria (as molecular machines copy parts of the bacterias DNA and then fold each piece and assemble the motor) to allow these folks continued permission to destroy the faith of our children in the one and only true creator of all life (Jesus Christ). whew!
This post was set in my heart after a dumb twitter debate with a fellow who (as usual) demanded to know the extent of my knowledge and (as usual) insulted me over and over again for no reason. He claimed to teach and refused to entertain any of my questions. Posing stupid questions in an attempt to say "see...you know nothing". And (as usual) anger finally got the best of him and he went away. Folks, when up against this type of person... Remember their lost. Remember their fate if you cant reach them. AND ABOVE ALL... Remember to pray for them. The Bible Geek
The Bible teaches us that there were giants in the world before the flood and for a little bit after the flood. It does not say that there were short people in the earth at that time nor does it hint it at all. Many bones have been found that belong to folks from 12 to 14 foot tall, and some belong to folks up to 16 foot tall as you see pictured here. There was quite a big difference in the atmosphere of that day compared to today's atmosphere and that difference is why all the bones of the people and animals that have been found are so very different then the bones we have in this day. For example, the skull bones of the folks in peleg's day would have looked different then the skull bone of someone in today's day because in his day folks lived over 200 years, and there are parts of the skull such as the brow ridge that don't stop growing. Footprints also would have been larger and humans use sandals rather than walking around barefoot. Prints have been found that would be consistent with sandals worn by large humans walking next to and even stepping into dinosaur footprints. Folks that work against the foundation of the bible (knowing or not) have came up with several ways to deny that evidence. I would suggest that they take some time to read Genesis to help them understand just how different the world was before the flood. look, God got really mad at us and he changed the world and limited our lives to 120 years, and although it took over 300 plus years for the change to be complete, it is finished now. Yea we are finding big fossils from the world before the flood and a few from the century's after such as several skulls with large brow ridges but that all fits into the Bibles historical account of man, sin, punishment, and redemption. Please take some time to walk through the creation page with me, The Bible Geek. I have developed a unique style of teaching through review and reflection, lets use our whole minds to discover the wonderful truth's that OUR father has left us.