Not all who wander are lost
- Oct 21, 2014
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When did the "common interpretation" of six to ten thousand years begin? Right--less than two hundred years ago.1. A common interpretation of the Biblical age of the planet is 6,000 to 10,000 years. If that is wrong, why is it wrong? How do explain a literal Genesis account? Is the Ark fable a literal account? How can the flood fable be a literal rendering of history when the facts of earth history don’t support the fable?
How do I explain a literal account of Genesis? I don't. The push for everyone to take the Bible literally is even younger than the six thousand year old Earth interpretation. Evangelicals began that push in the 1970s--about fifty years ago.
Hebrew is not a literal language, is is a language of pictures. For example, a literal translation of 'anger' is flaring nostrils. Most languages--English chief among them, are subjective. Hebrew uses pictures. The story of Noah and the flood is written to convey and present a truth. This truth is presented in story form. The story was not written to report a literal account of a natural disaster. Who taught you that the Biblical account of the flood is literally true? I was not taught that, and I suspect I am much older than you.