Literal Interpretation of Genesis

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If Genesis were interpreted literally would the earth be flat or round?

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  1. gb93433

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    Some believe Genesis should be interpreted literally and others do not.
     
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    The Chicago Statement of Inerrancy
     
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    The Chicago Statement of Inerrancy </font>[/QUOTE]How does that answer the question on the poll?
     
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    We know without a doubt that the Scriptures are true.

    We know without a doubt that the earth is round.

    The rules of interpretation that we employ must fit with these facts.

    Rob
     
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    The Bible says the earth is ROUND.......

    Isaiah

    40:22 - [In Context|Original Hebrew]
    It is He who sits above the CIRCLE of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain R1474 And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
     
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    I'll just point out that a circle is two-dimensional, that is, flat.

    I don't think Genesis gives enough information to infer the shape of the earth.
     
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    Liberal twisting of Gods word....of course it is literal. And it really doesn't matter what " YOU " think....it matters what Gods word says.

    If you are thinking of the words " Four Corners "
    that would be refering to direction more than circumference....NORTH...EAST....WEST....SOUTH.

    [ November 20, 2005, 05:41 PM: Message edited by: Glory-to-God ]
     
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    that's a silly question in the poll.

    In addition, the term 'literal interpretation' is an oxymoron.
     
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    It doesn't matter how I interpret Genesis; the earth is round.
     
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    In Genesis 1 there is no verse that says that the earth is a sphere. If you can get a spherical earth out of Genesis 1, you're using a liberal interpretation!
     
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    Where is the verse in Genesis ? I just found the one in Isaiah. Who knows there might be more.
     
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    It's not there, that's the idea.

    The verse in Isaiah only supports an interpretation of the earth as a circular sheet. I don't think that should be interpreted literally either.
     
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    The poll is biased. I looked at it and didn't participate. There should have been a 3rd option: Genesis doesn't deal with the shape of the earth.
     
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    It does deal with sun, moon, variety of stars for signs, etc which imply rotation (and a flat earth "rotating" to have day and night is laughable).
     
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    A literal method of interpretation does not preclude the use of allegory in a limited illustrattive manner. It does preclude the use of allegory as a standard. Genesis is meant to be understood as saying what it means.
     
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    Good one [​IMG]
     
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    Oh boy, now we're trying to use this to prove that other verses can be allegory. What a stretch.
     
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    I am not sure I can answer this....my 2 yr old daughter ripped out the first few chapters of Genesis from my Bible this morning....maybe she was making a theological point [​IMG]
     
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    I'm not sure if I was understood. I am in no way accepting an allegorical method of interpretation.
     
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    Have you been reading the works of Marcion to her? ;)
     

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