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To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?

An extremely simple argument for this sense is to consider the following two questions: Q1. Does the epistle of Romans assume and rely on an essentially literal* interpretation of the fall of man (cf....
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To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?

The Issue is the Authority of Scripture and How We Should Read It Not all YEC think alike, but some of the most compelling arguments I've heard regarding this have to do with why it's desirable to ...
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How do Christians that do not believe in inerrancy interpret the Bible?

The doctrine of biblical inerrancy is very recent in Christian history First, let's put biblical inerrancy into perspective. Two centuries or so ago, and for all of Christian history before that, ...
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How do literalists envision the size of New Jerusalem?

The Bible says that God will create a new heaven and a new earth and that the New Jerusalem will descend from God to the new earth (Revelation 21:1-2), the eternal dwelling place for all believers, ...
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To the YEC, did God make a single male/female pair of each kind of animal?

The Answer is A. The question is very good, but a lot of people are not familiar with the phrase - YEC [It should be explained ] and it also should be noted that many who hold this view do not use or ...
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What was the population of the world at the time of the flood?

According to Tom Pickett on this site: http://www.ldolphin.org/pickett.html Although it is difficult to obtain an actual value of world population at the time of the flood, 5 to 17 billion people ...
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Do Lutherans believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis?

For individual Lutherans, it varies. For what the Lutheran Church teaches - the majority teach a literal interpretation. There are likely a few more "liberal" Lutheran Churches and possibly synods ...
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What percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis in a literal sense?

Here is some fairly recent data by those not friendly to creationism. http://www.religioustolerance.org/ev_publid.htm It looks like those who believe in creationism are 36%. While those who do not ...
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How do Christians that do not believe in inerrancy interpret the Bible?

a slippery slope of interpreting the Bible in a way that favors one's own opinion. The first thing is to know how to avoid this slippery slope. A Christian who does not believe in the absolute ...
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Do the Majority of Denominations believe in a literal flood or a metaphorical one?

Rather than attempting an exhaustive list of denominational stances on the historicity of flood narrative, I'm going to suggest that the Flood itself is less of an issue than how one reads the Bible. ...
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What was the population of the world at the time of the flood?

According to this article, mankind is nearing its 33rd doubling. https://www.jstor.org/stable/27503685?seq=1 If you divide The 1,656 years from the creation to the flood by 33, you get 50 years per ...
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How does a biblical literalist interpret the tale of David and Goliath?

One of several Bible commentaries I have explained this point about the fact that David had been in Saul's employ prior to the giant-killing episode, which raises this question as to why Saul then ...
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Do Catholics believe everything in the bible is true as written?

St. Thomas Aquinas writes in Summa Theologica I q. 1 a. 10 ("Whether in Holy Scripture a word may have several senses?"): all the senses [of Holy Scriptures]* are founded on one—the literal *Which ...
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Do Catholics believe everything in the bible is true as written?

OP asks: Do Catholics believe everything in the bible is true as written? <meme>You keep using that word, "true". It does not mean what you think it means.</meme> The short answer is ...
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How to reconcile both Outer Darkness and Unquenchable Fire as descriptions of Hell

This is likely a non-answer answer, but we should start with the title of the book, "4 Views on Hell." If one thing is clear it is that the scripture is not clear on exactly what Hell is ...
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How to reconcile both Outer Darkness and Unquenchable Fire as descriptions of Hell

Jesus describes a 'great gulf' when he revealed something of the deceased condition of the rich man, separated by great distance from Lazarus, the beggar who once was left, daily, at his gate, who ...
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How do proponents of Original Sin support a strictly literal interpretation of Genesis

We are only as good as our nature The reason we have sinful inclinations, suffering etc. to begin with is due to our nature as fallen human beings. We are fallen and not 'perfect' human beings because ...
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How do literalists envision the size of New Jerusalem?

Despite my not being a literalist in the sense of those who say the New Jerusalem on the New Earth will have the literal dimensions stated in Revelation 21:17, the question intrigued me enough to have ...
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How to reconcile both Outer Darkness and Unquenchable Fire as descriptions of Hell

In the absence of specific instruction, I will give an answer consistent with the Church of England Commission (1995) position which is the official organ of the Anglican and Episcopal churches. I ...
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How do proponents of Original Sin support a strictly literal interpretation of Genesis

In order to understand how the account in Genesis can be literal and mankind still be under the curse of Adam and Eve's original sin; we need to take a long look at that original sin. Genesis 1:26 ...
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How to reconcile both Outer Darkness and Unquenchable Fire as descriptions of Hell

At first glance it seems impossible for there to be fire and outer darkness at the same time. The best process for trying to understand what the Bible is trying to communicate is to do a word study. ...
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How is the earth soon after God turn the light on according to the literalist / YEC?

At this point light and darkness existed at the same time. It is unclear if they were intermingled or not. Genesis 1:4 KJV And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from ...
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Why is hell for a literal eternity if it does not have literal flames and worms?

Biblical prophecies use symbols and analogies to convey truth. Very rare is the prophecy that is entirely literal. However, every symbol represents a concrete reality. One commentator on prophecies (...
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Can Trinity be taught only from Bible?

No, I don't think the Doctrine of the Trinity has ever been explained as a natural phenomenon after reading the Bible. There are places where all three Persons of the Trinity are mentioned together, ...
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Can Trinity be taught only from Bible?

The best verse that mentions the Trinity is Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, NIV) ...
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What is the difference between being filled by the Holy Spirit and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit?

What is the difference between being filled by the Holy Spirit and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit? Indwelling is a living presence associated with a home, abode, or even temple. 1 Corinthians 3:...
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How do Bible Literalists deal with trees older than the flood?

People presume all living things died in the flood. But the Bible does not say that! Consider the following: Before the flood came God said: "And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon ...
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According to the young-earth perspective, when were races created?

According to the YEC perspective, races were created (or at least furthered; see AffableGeek's excellent answer) at the Tower of Babel. In Genesis 11:6 it states "The Lord said, 'Behold, they are one ...
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