Originally posted by FreakyKBH
What makes you so sure I was doing the accomodation, if, as you say, there are so many intangibles involved? How do you know you read my post correctly? What if the meaning of words I used are different than the definitions you know?
The intangibles to which you refer cannot be applied to the specific you desire, however. Despite lacking the autographe ...[text shortened]... o the Bible. It is God's responsibility to make His message perspicuous, and this He has done.
I cannot be sure. However, in your example it is your intention to provide the accomodation, even if you botched it up or were under the control of a higher power. In my example no accomodation is intended but then is assumed at a later date.
And as far a the meaning of words go, there is often confusion on that score. You can't even say the word "spiritual," "heaven," "God," "Truth," or any other abstract word and expect everyone to get the same thing out of it. If you say "the sky is blue," I can buy that. You say," the sky is very blue," and it's getting hazier. You say, "the sky is a peculiar shade of blue," and while we may have similar reations to the sky, our individual and personal interpretations of "peculiar" may very well differ.
It's been a while sinse I read it, but I believe that the is a character in Plato's "Dialogues" that develops the belief that it is impossible for human language to support the weight of wisdom, for words are often too ambiguous and the deeper truths, what we might call spiritual truths, cannot even be expressed, only felt. I think that once he came to this realization he never spoke again. Hmm. I must reread that.
Take any metaphor (such as the one you use at the end of your post). What is the purpose of a metaphor? To try to relay something in language that cannot be expressed directly. The metaphor then must be taken by the listener and translated into some sort of spiritual language that cannot be expressed through words. Will everyone translate the metaphor in the same way? Maybe you think they would, but it seems obvious to me that this spiritual language is not word for word equivalent with human language, so there are bound to be translation errors. Lots of them.
The Bible is full of metaphors. As metaphors (as described above) can be taken a variety of ways, how can you say that the message in the Bible is "persicuous," or for the non-pedants in the crowd, "clear?"
If there is a "Word of God," then it must be written in that spiritual language I mentioned earlier, or a language similar to it, a language so perfect it shines and can never be misunderstood. The Bible is written by man and is therefore flawed and could never contain the true Word of God. This is what I believe.
I lose faith in your reasoning ability when you say "corruption theory," which I take to mean the ability of spoken history and stories to change over time, has no evidence, because that sort of thing happens every day, and in much smaller timespans than those that must be considered when viewing the ancient stories of the old testement. In fact, it's probably happening right now as you read this and change it in your head to seem to contain ideas and statements that I never typed. Oh well. I've had fun emptying my mind out here. At least I got some stress relief before my exams today.