It amazes me how most Baptists claim to believe the literal interpretation of the Bible, but in actuality they only believe literally the verses that agree with their doctrines. We Lutherans and many other orthodox Christians believe the entire Bible literally. For instance, when the Bible says: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." We believe exactly what that verse says: If someone believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, he will be saved. He doesn't need to be baptized, do good deeds, or pray the Sinner's Prayer to be saved. If he dies two seconds after believing he will go to heaven. He is a Christian. And when the Bible says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." We believe that verse literally too. If you call on the name of the Lord, you will be saved. That verse says nothing about baptism, the Sinner's Prayer, or good deeds. Now, my Baptists friends, will YOU believe this verse literally" Acts 2:38 "Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins." And how about this verse: "Why tarriest thou, arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling upon the name of the Lord." And this verse "baptism doth now save us". And the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in Mark 16:16: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned." What? The Lutheran literal interpretation of the Bible seems contradictory? That is the simple, literal interpretation of the Bible, my friends. Read it and believe it. Read the Bible with the faith of a child, not with adult reason and logic as your Calvinist ancestors taught you.