Literalism Is The Problem

A great number of bible scholars and teachers continually tell us that the proper way to understand the bible is through consistent literal interpretation. To restate it, this Law of Literal Interpretation says: Always interpret scripture literally wherever possible. "If the literal sense makes sense, seek no other sense."

Once again we find that there is never any scriptural justification offered for adopting this principle. We have found many reasons offered which sound logical and proper, but nothing in the Bible that tells us this is the way to proceed. This is a case of what can happen when we rely on man's wisdom.

It's not so much what they are telling us to do, but what this law is telling us not to do? It's telling us not to seek; seek no other sense. That is not to seek any further than the literal meaning of scripture. But what does the bible say? It says just the opposite. It tells us to seek, long, hard and diligently. We must seek after wisdom with a passion. And what's more it tells us this in many places all through scripture.

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