Defending Scripture, Literally

Defending Scripture, Literally

Understanding the meaning of Scripture is more nuanced than we might expect.
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Facing an onslaught of theological liberalism, many Christiansincluding Christianity Today columnist Carolyn Arendshave taken their stand on a literal reading of the Bible, saying that God's Word means exactly what it says. Yet this well-intended attempt to be faithful has left us vulnerable intellectually and spiritually. "But for me, and, I suspect, others like me," Arends confesses, "our 'literalist' convictions left us confused in significant waysnot only about song lyrics, but, much more tragically, about Scripture itself."

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1; Proverbs 3:112; Matthew 13:123; Acts 2; Revelation 4


• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Wisdom literature provides a memorable and easy-to-grasp approach to understanding God's requirements for daily life.

Teaching point two: Apocalyptic literature in Scripture can give us a fresh vantage point to see our Lord in awe.

Teaching point three: Poetical literature can be found throughout the Bible, even in the narrative parts.

Teaching point four: Historical accounts can be refreshingly straightforward and fairly easy to understand, but they also can include other perspectives.

Teaching point five: Parables in Scripture call on us to inspect the state of our hearts.

• Apply Your Findings

• Additional Resources


• "Defending Scripture, Literally" by Carolyn Arends, April 2012

Total number of pages – 11

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