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Which religions is this song inspired by and what do the metaphors/symbols mean? [closed]

I was going to ask this in music.stackexchange, but decided to ask here, as I think the subject is inspired Judaism and Christianity. If there's a more appropriate site, please let me know and I can ...
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What does Catholic Church teach about the interpretation of the metaphor of "salt of the earth?"

We see Jesus telling at Matthew 5:13 (NRSVCE): "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out ...
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Did the metphor of double-edged sword originate in Psalms?

We see at Hebrews 4:12: Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the ...
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What is an overview of non-literal methods of interpreting the Bible in Christianity?

Following my viewing of this superb discussion between the previous Archbishop of Canterbury and Richard Dawkins: Dialogue with Richard Dawkins, Rowan Williams and Anthony Kenny (YouTube) . . . I ...
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Why is hell for a literal eternity if it does not have literal flames and worms?

According to those that believe hell will be "eternal conscious torment" or "eternal separation", if the flames and worms are not literal, then why is it necessary that the word "eternal" be a literal ...
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How do Catholics reconcile a metaphorical Adam and Eve with Original Sin [duplicate]

It is known that many Catholics believe that Adam and Eve is a story better left to the metaphorical imagination, rather than literal interpretation (though other denominations may feel differently). ...
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Why did Jesus refer to humans as salt?

As with reference to the verse Matthew 5:13 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be ...
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