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What scriptures in the Bible are not meant to be taken literally but many do?

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    What scriptures in the Bible are not meant to be taken literally but many do?


    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    Genesis 1 (NIV)

    The Beginning

    “1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

    3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. “

    Many claim this passage refers to a 24 hour day on the earth. That claim is ridiculous to anyone who can read.

    “ And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. “ It is common knowledge that if it is dark on the earth and the sun comes up, that is NOT 24 hours in any way. The night is about 12 hours long and from sundown to sunup is about 12 hours NOT 24 hours. A 24 hour day is from sunset to sunset or sunup to sunup.

    This “day” is not about time at all, but about the coming of light upon the earth. It was dark and God said let there be light. That coming of light was the first coming of light or the first coming of daylight. We use the word day like this yet today. Is it day or night out ?

    God states this right in the passage: God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” - God is calling the LIGHT day, or it is light out, not darkness. This has nothing to do with time.

    Man is impatient and wants instant creation, God does not even exist in time and so is in no hurry. God tells us to be patient:

    1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” - Patient is to ignore time. To make time the focus of the very first chapter of the Bible in not being patient, but impatient.

    Answer requested by Heidi ..........
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