Dor said:Are Christians narrow minded....well I believe alot of us are narrow minded about the message. Of course part of that reason is we have 90% of all religions and 90% of all the christ conscience type "christians" that all they want to do is tell us we are full of crap and destroy the Bible and anything having to do with the real Jesus...Of course to them they are not being narrow minded it is simply cause we are so narrow minded they have to do away with it.
that is what it is Dor.
i am not convinced that the totality of the non literal view has the same impact on people. maybe for a few, but i do not generally see the same concern & love for the scriptures as those who get BOTH the literalism & the metaphor. BIG difference IMO & that is why many set out to prove it is a fairy tale & has flaws.
For me, I dont take things AS serious, that i do not believe are real. See?
it is like saying "WE GET THE MORAL OF THE STORY ABOUT HURRICANE KATRINA & NEW ORLEANS, BUT THE literal HURRICANE, CITY & DESTRUCTION ITSELF NEVER HAPPENED"
WE UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE BEHIND 9/11, BUT THERE WAS NEVER ANY LITERAL BUILDINGS, HATE, DEATH OR DESTRUCTION.
what i have seen is it ends up compromising the totality of what it is really saying & there is a non chalant approach to the scriptures, where people go off in other directions for answers...and THAT is where beliefs get altered. Just like a fictional movie & the experience of a reality is lost.
it is like me saying, i understand what mohammed was writing, but Mohammed himself never existed...well that was a nice fairy tale. this is what people do today with the bible, not just a little, but a lot.
The people, places & events in the bible are not that difficult to accept as a reality when i look at the world & its conditions today. Excluding the parables of Jesus, Revelations & certain passages which are obviously metaphors.
SO- that makes everyone a bit narrow minded.
Call me narrow minded, it does not bother me if people think that way of me.
this is my honest opinion about it & i am not changing, just like i dont expect others to change there belief.
thank you everyone for allowing me to share my feelings about this.