Friday, 15 July 2016
Dreams and Visions.
It seems astonishing to me that religious leaders have interpreted the Bible literally in the past.
Everything I learn of God is symbolic: from the poetry of the Old Testament to the parables of Jesus.
Even Revelation, so popular with the fundamentalists, could hardly be described as literal.
God is imaginative, artistic, subtle.....
"Then afterwards, I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28 (NRSV)
So I can no longer sustain a literal interpretation of the Bible.
The Bible is myth and metaphor, poetry and symbol.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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