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C. Carroll

Hello there. I know this post is a few years old but I just ran across it while searching for information on the meaning of "metaphysical Bible interpretation."
I have trouble understanding this "metaphysical interpretation" of the Bible. Do people who look at the Bible this way (in particular, members of the Unity Church) not believe that the Bible is the inspired "word of God" but just a collection of stories from their respective times that people should strive to live by to be "good people?" I was not raised in church and don't claim to be Baptist, Mormon, Catholic, or anything else, but I am a Christian and I believe the Bible is the word of God and should be studied and read as such. Of course that doesn't mean there aren't conflicting stories in the Bible. There are. But that doesn't make any less than what it is or reduce it to just a "text book" for some churches to quote every now and then. What are your thoughts on this? Thank you.

Chuck

Carla

Chuck, thanks for writing. I believe that the Bible is a grouping of books written over a period of 1000 years by many different people. They were "inspired" to write these books. I do not believe that God is a person sitting on a cloud writing. So, because the Bible is a collection of books written by many different people, it stands to reason that there were probably some personal agendas included as well as the inspired teachings. The Bible was not meant to be taken literally. There are many allegories, parables, symbolism and myths in the Bible. Jesus spoke about many things that can not be taken literally--such as "If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off." Literalism didn't really occur until a little over 100 years ago. Before that, it was understood that the Bible had a lot of symbolism and that all of it should not be taken literally. (And yes, there is a lot of conflicting information and misinterpretation. The Bible has been used to justify everything from slavery to incest.) I would suggest that you real John Shelby Spong's books to get some insight on this. Blessings to you on your spiritual path!

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