My esteem for the text which we call “Holy Bible” is as high as my regard for literature, art, poetry, and music. Those things which convey a certain truth, beauty, and wisdom in a way that causes the need to turn inward and consider what is being presented. Hold Literature in High Esteem I often encounter something that is along the lines of claiming that if the Bible is not literal and historical, then it’s “just” another book. This is where my issue is. Why is there such a low view by Biblical literalists for literature? Why is there such a dim view of writings that self acknowledge as being metaphorical, allegorical, fictional, or opinion? I frequently notice statements that seem to imply that those who wrote the text were ignorant, and did not know how to properly explain things without attributing the unknown to supernatural phenomena. I suggest that… Read moreReading the Bible as Literature
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you new rules to follow, which depending upon your denomination may be easier or more difficult to keep than the law of Moses. 29 take my yoke upon you, and work for me; for I am demanding and lacking in heart: and you shall find escape from eternal conscious torment after you die for your souls. 30 for my yoke is unremovable, and my burden is yours.
John 1:17 for the law of truth was given by Moses, but the parenthetical, temporary, aberrant, soon to end dispensation of grace came by Jesus Christ.