I asked this Q in another Thread but thought the Question might fit in better over here in Bible Research
Thinking out loud again
It doesn't seem to matter what bible you read, unless you're looking for discrepancies in translation it's not easy to just abandon the big picture. Unless you didn't really buy it to begin with, starting at childhood.
For those who were born and raised in it, how do you completely abandon all teachings based on specific screw-ups of a few men?
Obviously a lot of posters here still have faith in the scriptures, just not the interpretation they were previously taught.
So how do you explain "Restoration" Unless you believe the Garden of Eden was a myth and Genesis is all metaphor?
And if it is all metaphor, then what do you think "Restoration" is referring to?
Restoration of what?
We are here on this tiny planet and if Genesis is not partially literal then what the hell are we doing here in the first place?
Example, check this out:
(during their journey when giving birth to Benjamin)
Genesis 35:19 So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (Bethlehem), 20 and Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave; it is the pillar of Rachel's tomb, which is there to this day.
This passage sounds like Moses is telling a story to a child sitting on his lap. And the words "which is there to this day" says that it became some sort of land mark or at least withstood time and was not just covered with dust and dirt and then disappeared. Up to the day Moses was telling the story anyway.
Edited by - plmkrzy on 31 August 2002 9:6:52