Originally posted by mdhall
You're old enough to know better, so please tell me why have you chosen to read the Bible literally and not allegorically like most Christian scholars I've known?
I could not, in good faith, pretend to believe the Bible is meant as a literal source. It's so obviously allegorical that there must be some really good reason you're taking it as such.
Now hold on mdhall.
There are allegories in the Bible. There are parables in the Bible. There is poetry in the Bible too.
There are straight history in the Bible meant to be understood liturally.
There are historical events in the Bible involving names of people and places which have allegorical ssignificance under God's prodidence.
For example: The jews asked for the release of Barabbas and had Jesus Crucified. If I recall correctly Barabbas means "son of father". So the historical irony is that they release "son of father" and crucified Jesus the Son of the Father.
Though I cannot recall where it can be proved but I think Barabbas's first name was Jesus too. That would mean that they released Jesus the son of father and had crucified Jesus the Son of the Father.
So God, Who is sovereign over all, has hidden allegorical names in historically real events.
Now you ask about my reading. My reading seeks to discriminate between WHEN I am to understand allegorically and WHEN I am to understand liturally. It is not an either / or proposition.
The book of Revelation is heavily laden with symbolism. It takes a long time and experience and fellowship with others who have spent a long time to study, to know when we are to understand liturally, and when we are to understand symbolically.
I assure you. I can expound on more symbolism and allegorical significances in the Bible than you expect. It is not an either / or matter. It is a matter of when and how to understand something and even when both modes are working together in the same passage.
I usually have a good reason for WHY I understand something liturally or WHY I understand something allegorically.