ever consider that “holy texts” are metaphorical?
Some were meant metaphorically. Some were meant literally. Some people treat the entire books as metaphors. Some treat the entire books as absolute truth and take them absolutely literally.
With some Christians, those passages that are “metaphorical” are the ones that they don’t agree with and they can’t explain them any other way.
Some passages make no sense as metaphors. When God commands the Israelites to slaughter entire cities, what could this be a metaphor for other than the fact that God is a dick. These passages were meant to be taken literally to inspire fear in people and to be awed by the power of God and of Israel.
When Jesus smote the fig tree because it didn’t give fruit during a time when the fruit wasn’t in season, this could have been a metaphor, designed to show people Jesus’s true power. To any thinking person this also indicates that Jesus was a bad-tempered moron, but I guess that the writer of this story didn’t consider it from that angle.
The Creation? Again, this makes no sense as a metaphor. It was meant to be believed literally, probably under the assumption that we’ll never really know how the world was created and that this explanation was as good as anyone else’s. People have been taking it literally for thousands of years now.
Beyond that, with no guidelines as to what is metaphor and what was meant to be taken literally, people will continue to take them literally.
I don’t know the Quran nearly as well, but passages such as Sura 8, Verse 12 - God revealed His will to the angels, saying: “I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers.” The context here really doesn’t help matters at all. It reads as if it was meant to be taken very literally, and if it wasn’t, it’s a rather dangerous metaphor to leave lying around.
This is a really relevant post to me because none of the theists in my life are creationists and are of the view that the Bible was written by man and is flawed. I recently saw a theist guy I have fallen out with say that the devil is actually just a metaphor, along with the creation story. And I was just thinking.. well if the devil is a metaphor, why not go one step further and say that GOD is a metaphor? And then a step further from that and realize that this metaphorical god doesn’t actually exist? I don’t know. I don’t understand how some people use logic in their heads.
To the person that claimed Christians aren’t supposed to do what the Old Testament says, your boy Jesus disagrees:
“For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19 RSV)
“It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid.” (Luke 16:17 NAB)
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” (Matthew 5:17 NAB)
“Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.” (2 Peter 20-21 NAB)
Jesus criticizes the Jews for not killing their disobedient children according to Old Testament law. Mark.7:9-13 “Whoever curses father or mother shall die” (Mark 7:10 NAB)
Peter says that all slaves should “be subject to [their] masters with all fear,” to the bad and cruel as well as the “good and gentle.” This is merely an echo of the same slavery commands in the Old Testament. 1 Peter 2:18“Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law” (John7:19)You need to read your book, if you’re going to even THINK about defending it.