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Should I Take The Bible Literal?

Updated on July 28, 2012

This is a statement that hit me real hard one day.

A close family member said "I just don't think that the Bible should be taken so literal." My heart grieved with pain! Because I had just spent years of dealing with the consequences resulting from my own choices and the choices of my parents.

At first I felt shock, and then just rewinding the picture of my own life...and how this statement did not match up, to what I truly experienced first hand. Our family was compromised. The sins of the father and mother were passed on to the 2nd and 3rd generation. Feeling the damage that had been done because of wrong choices. Knowing how much more of a start in life, these kids could of had, if they would of had a strong bond with their grandparents and with their own parents. Even our lives, not being full, for lack of closeness with our parents?

If I or they had taken the Bible more literal? There would have been less mistakes made, and more love and closeness passed down to the children and grandchildren. Less consequences to walking down the wrong path. I am thankful that there has been made a way...of forgiveness for me and for my family.

Even so, it is not too late for the Grandparents to be more involved with their kids and grand-kids. I know none of our lives are perfect, but we have to keep things in perspective. What we do today, effects our kids and our grand-kids. We really might try to be the best that we can be each day, by reaching out to our kids and grand-kids. The difference a phone call can make, ore even a text now days. Small thoughtful gifts, cards and prayer, can make all the difference in the world to a child :)

I have observed close up, that if a parent turns their back on their children whether they are young or still hurts! There is a lifetime of damage done, the younger you are when this happens. Being older and it happens, the knife feels just as sharp. I don't understand how flesh and blood can turn their backs on their kids? (I know some would say, because it was done to them, they do it to their own...yet that is not always the case.)

Some parents, who have done the best that they can with their kids...feel they did their job. Once the kids our out of the house they are free to do whatever they want even if they are not good decisions. No thought that the choices they make will effect their kids, even though their kids are now adults themselves. What some don't realize is that there are soul ties with those kids. Just because, they now feel free to make choices with no thought of their family, doesn't mean there will be no consequences? If your kids are not living with you, or near by they are still observing the way we live your lives.

Children are children whether your child is small or old. As long as you are alive and living they are very much your children who want to be loved by you!, so they in turn can be free to love you back! Myself I have to say, have spent a lifetime of trying to keep the doors and windows open to reach out to my father and step mom...only to have the phone clicked with a dial tone! Phone numbers and addresses, to be changed without any notice. Letters, pictures and cards not given to my father. In my case I finally let go of trying. The ball is in their court...I've given up, it is literally all in God's hands.

The hard part is that I was raised in a quote "Christian Home". When I got older I wandered how...could it be that my parents weren't living what they preached? They raised me different than, their example times. I understood now, that some of these things were happening all along. This has not turned me against God, because He is my only hope, to get through, to give me anykind of understanding? He knows me better than I know myself! He has a purpose, and a plan for my life, and yours! Just because I don't understand?...why things are the way they are, doesn't mean He is not God!  How can I question Him, when He knows what's best for me.

John chapter 14 has always given me allot of hope. vs 1-3 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am there you may be also." vs 16-"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever." (these were words Jesus spoke while here on earth...)

The Spirit of God can abide in your heart here on earth...before you get to heaven one day, if this is your choice. I am thankful I have a true Father in Heaven who does love me, and has made a home for me! (This too, took years to accept the truth of The Father's Love For You and For Me? I could always accept it for others but not for myself, because of the damage I had received from my own earthly fathers.) It is good that we can have hope for the future, so we can live today! As the Bible says...and to live it more abundantly!

If we knew the consequences prior to many of our choices, I'm sure many of us would of done things differently. It seems we all do better with structure, whether we like it or not. The structure of the Bible, if taken more Literal could help prevent so much damage.

(For years I did not share these heartfelt hurts with people, let alone on the inter-net.) I hope this helps you, with a better perspective for others who have felt such deep hurt in their lives.

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    • heart4theword profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from hub

      Thank you James, for your honesty! Taking a stand...for Good and what's right. We all fall short, being that none of us our perfect...proves we all have not only a chance, but all have a choice:) Appreciate your words, so much! God Bless:)

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I do believe in the Bible literally. That doesn't mean I do not fall far short. It just means I repent when I fail and ask for forgiveness. And I never call good evil and evil good, as so many do today. So yes, I preach a better game than I practice. But I still think the preaching is important in its own right. Thank you for a great message. Well done!

    • heart4theword profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from hub

      GrowingDeeper, Appreciate your sensitivity and encouragement, to the heart of others:)

    • GrowingDeeper profile image


      7 years ago

      I can tell you were deeply grieved by these circumstances. Congratulations ob being vulnerable enough to begin to relate them to others. God bless you!

    • heart4theword profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from hub

      Appreciate you stopping by, each of you! Mquee, blessings back to you, many fold:)

    • mquee profile image


      8 years ago from Columbia, SC

      So often people who profess to be Christians do not practice Biblical principles. When this is the case, I believe these people are trying to impress the world. Personally I believe the Bible should be taken, practised, and lived in a literal sense. The Bible teaches love and in so doing, there is building up of our brothers and sisters and not tearing down. God is love and God is good. Be blessed and thank you for an excellent hub.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I certainly take the Bible literally too, at least - those passages that are important enough to do so. There are many that can confuse.

      In Corinthians is says it is a shame for a man to wear the hair long. Here it is referring to more than actually wearing the hair long. Of course rabbis and Jesus wore their hair long.

      In Genesis There were no carnivores. That tells me that God originally wanted our bodies to be vegetarian. Man was not permitted to eat meat until after the flood. It had to be cooked. Even with "permission"- Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not eat meat.

      scribes have not "faithfully transcribed" every letter and every word correctly. There is a long history of thousands of years that reflect this. A curse was put on anyone who added to or took away from "the written word". The reason for the curse was- people/scribes were changing the "Word". Because of many "texts" to choose from in many circumstances we have the logical verses that are closest to the truth.

      So- is the Bible to be taken literally? There are many passages that I believe should be. I'm a vegetarian. I think animal cruelty is something God will be and is condemning. God didn't create animals to be cruel to.

      I certainly believe that Jesus said that this LAW I give you is above all laws- that you love one another.

      All the problems of the world and this Christian nation will be solved when our country and the world subscribes to this motto- that we love our brother as ourselves.

      If businesses were run this way there would be "fairness". If courts, congress, our presidents held this motto to their hearts we could indeed begin to live as we are told to pray the "Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, Thy will be done, THY KINGDOM COME ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN..." It doesn't matter if you believe in the rapture or whatever you feel strongly about- we are to pray- like "this". We are to ask that we can help make our environment as we think heaven should be. It is what Jesus said.

      As for THE LAW- we have to love one another. Thanks!

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      Karen Metz 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I like what you say about "what we do effects or kids and grandkids". As a parent, I am constantly thinking how the ways I believe is going to be an influence on my children. Thankfully, I have Christian parents too and my kids enjoy being with them and I can trust my parents to help in raising the kids. Grandparents "do" have a part. BTW, I take the Bible very literally.

    • heart4theword profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from hub

      Wanted to share this video about "My Father's Chair" If you have not had a close relationship with your Father this song may hit close to home. I saw "David Meece" in concert years ago. He is quite the pianist. It was really great hearing his story as well. This song was writen after his father died. He also told of how his father was an alcoholic. Let me know what you think?

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      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California

      I hear and share what you're saying, "The sins of the father and mother were passed on to the 2nd and 3rd generation." All the more reason when coming to Christ I resolved to literally say in my generation, "The sin stops here!"

      I enjoyed how you personally processed and reflected on the subject of biblical literalism. Great hub!


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